Yesterday was the Feast of All Saints and late last night I received a beautiful short email from Paul: As we were just finishing evening prayer it came to me, I guess today is the day we celebrate Bernadette huh? Feast of All Saints. As difficult as it is, kinda cool having a Saint in the family… Miss her too.
On that note, I promised I’d post a better picture of Bernadette’s memorial stone when I had one. A couple weeks ago we were all together in Salmon Arm for Mass and made our first family visit to Bernadette’s grave. Johanna didn’t get out of the van, that’s okay, we weren’t trying to rush her. Catherine and Zoe ran all around and had a great time. I was horrified but Joseph just laughed, “Bet the people are thinking, ‘It’s been a long time since I heard the pitter patter of little feet.'” Is it irreverent to laugh?
I was celebrating mass in Calgary on the 1st – All Saints and again on the 2nd – All Souls and was praying for you all,….
and in my mind, added Bernadette’s name to the litany as we sang the litany of saints with a beautiful choir!
Fr. David Purcell