“On behalf of the sisters here in Magheramore, it is my great privilege to welcome you all..
and in particular to welcome you, Sr. Barbara’s family and friends who have come to say farewell to your beloved Aunt Tessie, cousin and friend.
And indeed we are mindful this morning of those who are joining us in spirit – Barbara’s sister Mary, family members in the UK, Australia and Singapore and friends in Hong Kong…
who are closely united with us as we celebrate Barbara’s life and her entry into Heaven.
Welcome also to our priest friends, the Columban Fathers, the Bon Secours Sisters, our valued Staff Members and our own sisters who travelled to be with us.
Thanks too, to Fr. Gerry Neylon who will lead us in our Liturgy together with our priest concelebrants: Fr. Pat Raleigh, Director of the Irish Region of the Society of the Columban Fathers; Fr. Michael Sinnott, Fr. Sean McNulty; Fr. Cyril Lovett; Fr. Pat O’Conor, our resident chaplain.
Certain aspects of Barbara’s life would mirror for us traits of the God whom she loved and followed faithfully:
- A relational God, whose friendship bears healing and help.
- A God of delicate tastes… delighting in the finer things of life.
- God, a lover of Nature and of things beautiful.
And now, we turn to this gracious God, who fashioned and shaped Barbara’s finely tuned soul, giving thanks through the Eucharist for her long life and dedication to mission.
May choirs of angels sing you to your rest, dear Barbara.
Please click below the Reflection given by Sr. Redempta Twomey, SSC: