Memorial Mass for Deacons and their spouses held Print this post

Bob Reddy – Florida Catholic

12/9/17

During the month of November it is appropriate to take time out to remember those who have died; specifically that they someday may be accepted into heaven.

Bishop Frank J. Dewane celebrates a Mass of Remembrance for deacons and their spoouses on Nov. 21 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat Center in Venice.

For this reason, Bishop Frank J. Dewane invites all of the Permanent Deacons in the Diocese of Venice and their wives to participate in a Memorial Mass each year as a time to pray for, to honor, and to remember the deacons and their wives who have passed away.

A Mass of Remembrance was held for deacons and their spouses at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat Center in Venice on Nov. 21.

The 2017 Mass was celebrated on Nov. 21, the Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat Center in Venice.

Bishop Dewane paid tribute to the Deacons, along with their wives, for making a sacrifice of giving over their own special talents in service of the Lord. The Bishop noted that those who came before serve as an example for all to follow because they had a spiritual curiosity often mentioned in Holy Scriptures.

Candles were lit during a Mass of Remembrance for deacons and their spouses at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Retreat Center in Venice on Nov. 21.

“In our own lives, we have to have that spiritual curiosity to seek what the Lord is calling for as we continue to answer that specific call in service to the Church in many different ways,” Bishop Dewane said.

The intention of the Mass is to honor and reflect on the service and memory of those deacons and their spouses who have been called to their eternal reward. The Mass also serves to recognize all of the Deacons who have served, along with their wives, in the Diocese of Venice in any number of capacities since its founding in 1984. Today, there are approximately 100 permanent deacons, many seasonal, living and serving throughout the Diocese.

As part of this annual tradition, the names of those who have passed away during the previous year are read as candles are lit in their honor.

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