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This week we share a heartfelt homily given by our pastor, Fr. John Riccardo at the funeral Mass for his beloved mother, Thelma. It speaks powerfully to the beauty of marriage and family life centered on Jesus Christ.

Fr Riccardo Funeral Mass for His Mom

Fr. Riccardo penned the following insight into his mother during her final hours on this earth…

As we prepare for my mom’s departure from this world to the Lord and that life which is beyond all imagining, we have been trying to put things in place for her funeral. Of course, being the mom she is, she had planned it many years ago now. She understood that the funeral of a believer in Jesus, while filled with grief and mourning to be sure, is also a tremendous time to teach and to evangelize, that is, to proclaim the good news that in Jesus, God has conquered our ancient foe: the devil, and his maleficent offspring, Sin and Death. So in addition to choosing the Scriptures to be proclaimed, there were some other things that she wanted to be included in the program for Mass. One of the most moving things she wanted included was “A Parent’s Prayer.” She had found this many years ago, obviously, and had pasted it on the inside of her Bible where she prayed it every day. I’m not sure any of us kids knew it was there, let alone that she prayed it, but we know we have been the recipients of God’s gracious answer to this prayer all our lives. My mom and dad continue to be, whether in life or death, the greatest teachers I have ever had, and so it gives me great joy to share with others what they have shared with me.

            In His Love,

            Fr. John[1]

Parents Prayer_Thelma Ricarrdo

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Thelma L. Riccardo, who entered into her eternal rest on the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, September 15, 2018 during the Hour of Mercy. Please also pray for the Riccardo family as they mourn her loss.

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


[1] Abundant Life, Bulletin for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Plymouth, MI, September 23, 2018, p. 3.