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Special Mass for Bridget Kirby - Dec. 8

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Dear Saints,

Christ's peace to you all. I pray this message finds you well. I returned earlier this week from Spokane following the rosary and funeral Mass for Bridget Kirby. During this most difficult time for Bridget's family and friends, the power of prayer has been especially evident.  As part of the process of grieving and eventual healing, it is good to come together in worship and let the Lord continue to strengthen us with His faith, hope, and love. 

That said, there will be a special Mass remembering Bridget next Wednesday, December 8, at 5 pm in All Saints Chapel. That date, as many know, is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Bridget's parents and numerous other family members will be in attendance and are very thankful to have a chance to to pray with the Carroll family and express their gratitude for the support they have received from so many here on campus. They have a great love for Our Lady and thought the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception would be a fitting day to come together. Please note, this Mass will take the place of our normal 9:30 pm Wednesday night Mass.  Bishop Vetter will be the principal celebrant.   

Also, in the chapel's gathering space there is currently a basket where cards of encouragement or support can be dropped off.  We'll be sure to give those to the family during their time on campus.  Bridget's parents are Maureen and Pat and her brothers are Robert, Tim, Tom, and Michael. There are cards available in the gathering space or feel free to bring your own. I know that the family appreciates our words and especially our prayers as they grieve.  

Thank you all for the care you've shown for those who have been touched by this tragedy. Whether seen or unseen, there have been beautiful acts of kindness and support. Many blessings to you all, especially to those who are hurting from this loss. We will continue to walk together and rely on the grace that God always provides. Christ's coming among us, which we prepare our hearts for more intentionally during this Advent season, touches and transforms every human experience, even and especially our experience of death.  May we welcome Him and lean into His loving embrace.

In Christ,

fr marc