Saturday, December 1, 2012
Mourners watched a beautiful slide how of photos of cherished memories while Jack's music played in the background. On Friday, we had a prayer service which included a time of open sharing and a touching tribute/eulogy by Grandaughter Katie at our Prayer Service, the reading of a letter of commendation by the Irish Ambassador for Jack's major musical contributions.
I presided at the Wake and Funeral Services. Jack's granddaughter, Katie, delivered a touching eulogy at both services about the magic of growing up with Grandpa and his stories of Ireland. The legacy of his mystical, humorous tales of banshees, fairies and real people that occured a long, long time ago will live on in the hearts of Katie and Danny and all of us for years to come.
At the funeral on Saturday, family members and friends carried up symbols from Jack's life including trumpet, wrench, a cottage music box, photos. The funeral service included beautiful readings from scripure, prayers, and recordings of Jack playing on trumpet and sax some of his favorite spirituals: "How Great Thou Art," "Amazing Grace," "Peace if flowing like a River", and "When the Saints go Marching in".
We are grateful for all the prayers and message of sympathy that our family received from all over the United States, Latin America, Ireland and Australia.
Friday, November 30, 2012
"in the Arms of Family Forever" by Dr. Judy Lee/ Celebration of Jack Meehan's Life//Wake Today at Everly Community Funeral Home, Falls Church 2-4pm, 6-8pm
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Anne Lamott's book, Help, Thanks, Wow speaks to me because my prayer this year could be summarized by these three words, especially Help!
My Dad, Jack, died on Sat. after almost a year of debilitating illness. He was a devoted dad and my best friend. I will miss him more than words can say, but, I give thanks for his life, lived fully, especially his gift of music that was truly Wow! My Sister-in-law, Nancy, gave this book to me as an early Christmas gift and it is a keeper and a treasure! Poignant and funny at thee same time!
Bridget Mary Meehan, arcwp, www.arcwp.org
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
"Dorothy Day is a hero of the Catholic left, a fiery 20th-century social activist who protested war, supported labor strikes and lived voluntarily in poverty as she cared for the needy.
Monday, November 26, 2012
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"When Saints Go Marchin In"
"Rose of Mooncoin"
Our family is grateful for the outpouring of prayers and loving support from so many people who loved Dad and enjoyed his fabulous music. We will miss him more than words can say, but his spirit and music will live forever. May the road rise up to meet you, Dad, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm on your face, the rain fall softly on your fields and, until we meet again may God hold you in loving embrace!
Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP
Ellinah Wamukoya said she would "represent the mother attribute of God"
the Anglican Church of Southern Africa has consecrated its first woman bishop in Africa.
Her consecration comes as the Church of England is due to vote on whether to allow women to become bishops.
"We have taken this step, and we wish the Church of England 'God speed' as they deliberate this week," Cape Town's Anglican archbishop said.
The Most Revd Thabo Makgoba of Cape Town said in a statement: "The thunder is rumbling as I write: We have witnessed a great occasion, and now it does indeed seem that the heavens are about to fall upon us - the falling of rain, which this country and its people so desperately need.
David Dinkebogile led Saturday's ceremony and stressed that the gathering was to consecrate a bishop "not a black woman, not an African, not a Swazi woman".
"She was to be pastor to all, to men and women, to black and white, to Swazis and all others in her diocese," he said.
Bishop Wamukoya is a former mayor of Swaziland's economic capital, Manzini, reports the AFP news agency.
"I am going to try to represent the mother attribute of God," she told the AP news agency.
"A mother is a caring person but at the same time, a mother can be firm in doing whatever she is doing," she said.
Each of these recommendations but I think it does not go far enough:
1. Abolish the Curia.
2. Next Synod should include representatives, women and men, from all nations not just male bishops
3. Add more women in every category here so our church represents its members, not just the male, hierarchical, clerical system.
4. Include Roman Catholic Women Priests
5. Your ideas?...........
Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP, www.arcwp.org