Today is the fourth anniversary of my mother’s death. May she rest in peace. She died on the anniversary of the Apparition at Knock and that seemed and seems so appropriate. She liked Knock very much, not least the “third Sunday in May” – the day of the Achonry Diocesan Pilgrimage and these days of the Knock Novena. I will go there this evening and remember her. It is certainly true that we don’t need an “anniversary” or date on a calendar to remind us of her absence but it is nonetheless good and important to mark the date. My brothers and families joined me this morning for Mass in Kilmovee. There we remembered her too, along with my father and the deceased of our family. May they all rest in peace.
These are the words I spoke at my mother’s Funeral Mass in Cloonloo in August 2009.