The Presentation in the Temple Luke 2: 22-40 is the revelation of the Fathers’ love.
Listening to the homily on Sunday and hearing Father Simon Hall speak about Simeon, an old man waiting for and recognising the Lord so he could see salvation and die in peace. This touched me deeply, the significance of this in the lives of those we hold dear, and indeed in my own life too.
How do I who was baptised as an infant, prepare to enter door of death to life everlasting.
Death is taboo subject in our society, and often avoided even more so, when a person is suffering from dementia. Whilst they may not be able to communicate verbally no one knows the spiritual communication between an individual and God, especially at this time.
From my experiences of pastoral ministry with the sick, the nearer they are to the holy door, the greater the challenge - the unknowing, for those caring for them - the greater the blessings received.
To assist them prepare for what might be a critical time, the section Pastoral Care of the Sick, and Critical Illness or approaching Death section in the My Funeral Mass Instructions document offers a way of opening up conversations with the family. It may help where the relative may wish to be reconciled to God through the sacraments, even if its been a long time since they went to church.
The My Funeral Mass Instructions document approved by the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales has been recently revised, and includes a Message from Cardinal Nichols. It is available to purchase through Redemptorist Publications, online shop, making it easier for individuals to obtain copies.
It also offers generous discounts for parishes. Consider purchasing copies to include with a healthcare plan and prepaid funeral, this will ensure that the Funeral Mass is recorded for the next of kin, health care professionals, and the clergy.
Purchasing the documents also helps supports the charitable work of this charity.