Happy Memorial Day

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Memorial Day is a United States national holiday observed on the last Monday of May. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in the military service. First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War, it was expanded after World War I.  Today many traditions continue around this holiday.

Please keep those who sacrificed all for our country and peace in our world in your prayers. Here is a prayer I offer for all veterans who have died. May they rest in peace.

“God, lift the hearts of those for whom this holiday is not just diversion, but painful memory and continued absence.  Bless those whose dear ones have died in accident or misadventure.  We remember with compassion those who have died serving our country
in the futility of combat. Comfort all those who mourn. We believe that you will provide for us as others have been provided with the fulfillment of Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

Fr. Gary