The attendances at the blessing of graves in both Rathcooney and St. Catherine’s, Kilcully over the last two weekends have been enormous. People stand alone or in family groups to welcome the blessing and recite the prayers. Many other people visit at other times during November to remember and to pray. In our parish and in our area, there have been many bereavements during the past year and again in recent days. Many people have remarked that they found the parish bereavement Mass very comforting and are always amazed at the kindness and prayerful support of so many in their time of loss. Prayer and remembrance make us the people and the parish that we are and are hallmarks of a faith community. May God grant the eternal light of Heaven on all those who have died. May they rest in the peace of the Lord.