Even in the Bible Belt, so many obituaries today indicate no church or faith affiliation and often there isn’t even a memorial service planned. So much for the corporal work of mercy of burying the dead.
Often obituaries are quite banal and written for the therapeutic needs of the writer. But I saw this obituary this morning and was touched by the Catholic sentiment it contained. I doubt if Protestants or non-practicing Catholics would appreciate the implied gratitude for the day on which this person died, a wife and mother of five children:
ETERNAL REST GRANT UNTO HER O LORD….
November 10, 1937 - August 15, 2021
Bluffton, South Carolina - CMH of Bluffton, SC and formerly New York City, died last Sunday, August 15 on the Feast of the Assumption. She passed peacefully in her home, surrounded in her last days by family and close friends.
Catherine lived an extraordinary life. Born in 1937 to Irish-immigrant parents, she grew up in the Bronx, NY, where she loved swimming in the sea and school -- especially math. In 1959 she graduated from Good Counsel College College magna cum laude. She was an active member of St. Gregory the Great parish and traveled to Rome with her church group to meet Pope Benedict XVI.
Funeral mass will be held Saturday, August 21, at 10:30am at St. Gregory the Great church in Bluffton.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Gregory the Great Church.