Thursday, October 02, 2014

Pray for Mary Byrne

I have just come back from the hospital, after Anointing and given the Apostolic Indulgence to Mary one of our parishioners.
Mary is both deaf and dumb, she is dying and I am not quite sure is able to see much, or focus at the moment. She has her carer with her, who is a lovely women but it must be a terribly confusing time.

Pray for her and invoke the Holy Guardian Angels to pray for her and comfort her.

I was told this morning Mary died a few hours after being fortified by the Sacraments of Our holy Mother the Church.

Eternal grant to her O Lord
And let perpetual light shine upon her.
May her Soul and the Souls of all the Faithful Departed rest in peace.


Anonymous said...


I went to confession yesterday, and my penance was an ambiguous "work of charity." I will gladly pray daily for Mary as that work.

Can you tell me her age? Is she elderly or young?

Liam Ronan said...

Certainly Father. Already done.

Zephyrinus said...

Thank You, Fr, for your caring for Mary. She is, indeed, now in my Prayers.

"He makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak".

in Domino

Anonymous said...

Praer offered for Mary and for all the dying.

Lucy said...

It is a privilege to hold Mary in prayer at this time. I'm so glad she has a caring parish priest.

janeinthemindfield said...

Dear Father, I am so sad to hear today that Mary has passed away. She told me after mass for the last couple of weeks that she was feeling sick and I wondered if it was serious, but I can't believe that she has gone so fast. I would have loved to have visited her before she died. She always used to sit with us at coffee after mass and tell Mitexi off if she had thrown a biscuit or something. I will really miss her. So will Mitexi. I feel so sad. I am so glad you were with her before she died. I know that will have meant so much to her. God Bless you Father. Jane

Pablo the Mexican said...

Mary died in the fulfillment of the promises of Christ.

How many times do we have to be told if we toil hard in the vineyard of our Divine Master our wages will be God's justice upon us when we die.

O MOST MERCIFUL JESUS, Lover of souls I pray Thee, by the agony of Thy most Sacred Heart, and by the sorrows of Thine Immaculate Mother, cleanse in Thine Own Blood the sinners of the whole world who are now in their agony and who are to die this day. Amen.

HEART OF JESUS, once in agony, have pity on the dying.

Ave Maria purissima!


gemoftheocean said...

Oh, Father. Prayers sent for Mary. I am sure she had the grace and felt the grace you brought to her. What a privilege the priest has to be there at the most important moment's of a person's life.

Your post hits me hard, as it will soon be 3 years since my Quentin's death. I woke up to Quentin's loud anguished call of "sweetie" at 5 a.m. the morning he died. I had a feeling it would be "the day." And it turned out to be. Our own PP was on Vacation, and I was frantic that a priest should be able to anoint him. As soon as I could reasonably call his parents, I did, and consulted a nurse until how best to keep him upright and alive for a few more hours, so that in hopes a priest could be rounded up, and with luck his parents could see him one last time. About 15 minutes before he died, the pp from a neighboring parish arrived to give him last rites, and his parents arrived not 5 minutes later. A nun and a man from my own parish were wonderful in calling around to get the priest to come over. Not 5 minutes after the priest left, his parents arrived, to be there for his death. My Quentin had not been able to speak but I know he had been able to understand because he'd held on for the priest and his parents, because I kept telling him they were on their way. IT was movie like with the priest and parents arriving just in the nick of time.

I had suspected his sight was almost gone at the time, because for about 2 weeks he no longer wanted to have the TV on. After his death, my father in law told me that on their prior visit, just as they were leaving, Quentin's dad said "We'll see you again soon" and Quentin said "I'll be able to hear you but not see you." So all the time the last two weeks or so, Quentin tried to spare me anguish by not letting me know his sight was gone or nearly so.

Even if Mary said nothing, I am quite sure she knew of your presence, dear Father Blake, and had peace in body and soul when she died.

NBW said...

May she rest in peace.

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