BR JOHN FOREST HOLDEN BREATHES HIS LAST
Br IAN LAURENSON, O.F.M., R.I.P.
A Memorial Mass in Celebration of the Priesthood and Life of Fr Ian Laurenson and of Prayer for the Repose of his Soul took place on Monday, 14th May 2012, at St Cuthbert's High Cross Church, Melrose, in the Scottish Borders region. This would have been Fr Ian's 78th birthday. Fr Ian was well-known in this area because whenever he was on leave home in Scotland he helped the parish priest in these parts, Fr (now Canon) John Creanor, who acted as MC on this occasion, as well as concelebrating. Cardinal Keith Patrick O'Brien, Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, was the principal celebrant, with Mgr Tony Duffy, Mgr Gerard Hand, Fr Edmund Highton, O.F.M., and Fr Boniface Kruger, O.F.M. concelebrating. The Eulogy was given by Fr Eddie Highton. The Cardinal mentioned that he and the two Monsignori had been Scouts under Fr Ian's leadership. There was a large gathering of people, including many members of Fr Ian's family.
The Entrance Hymn was Will you come and follow me if I but call your name? The Ordinary of the Mass was sung to the Roxburgh Mass Setting. At the Preparation of the Gifts the song was Take me, Lord, use my life in the way you wish to do. The Communion Hymn was Make me a channel of your peace and the traditional South African Thuma mina, thuma mina, thuma mina Somandla. A member of the congregation sang solo Panis Angelicus (Cesar Franck).The recessional hymn was The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended.
After the Mass, all were invited into the Hall for refreshments.
BISHOP MICHAEL PASCHAL ROWLAND R.I.P.
To hear the outstanding homily preached by Mgr William Slattery O.F.M., Archbishop of Pretoria, on 29th September 2012, Feast of St Michael, at Bishop Michael Paschal Rowland's funeral at Maria Ratschitz where the burial also followed, click on the following link:
http://youtu.be/MI4_8jqX88M - Part I
http://youtu.be/VpbULeIeg-I - Part II
To view a PowerPoint presentation of the funeral by Bishop Paschal's brother click here.
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