Sister Mary Higney R.I.P.

The whole parish has been shocked and saddened to learn of the unexpected death, on Tuesday morning, of our much loved parish sister, Sr Mary Higney. Sr Mary was a member of the Order of Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions (RNDM) and had served in the parish since early 2003. Sr Mary has done so much for our community over the past 18 years: visiting the sick and housebound, comforting the bereaved, preparing families for Baptism and Holy Communion, working with ecumenical projects and being a great welcoming and prayerful presence across the whole community. Please pray for Sr Mary, for her family, the Sisters of her order, especially Sr Louise with whom she shared her ministry here in religious community life at St Mary’s Priory.

Funeral: There will be a Reception of Sr Mary’s body into Church on Monday 3 May at 6pm Her Requiem Mass will be on Tuesday 4 May at 11am.

Unfortunately, Covid19 restrictions only allows 30 people to attend these funeral rites. This will be taken up by her family, her religious sisters and a few invited parishioners.

Both the Reception and the Requiem Mass will be broadcast online. Copies of the Order of Service are available from Church or can be downloaded from this page below.

Holy Rosary for Sr Mary: On Monday 3 May at 8pm we will have the Holy Rosary, as usual in Church. This is a regular part of our communal worship, thus, people are allowed to attend up to the safe limit of our church’s Covid19 risk assessment (approx. 160). The rosary that evening will be offered for Sr Mary. Parishioners may wish to take this opportunity of communal worship to attend and pray for the repose of her soul. Please respect all the usual Covid 19 regulations for communal worship. It will also be available online.

Click on the image below to download a pdf of the order of service for the Requiem Mass

Click here for the Order of Service of Reception of the body and the rosary: Sr Mary reception booklet

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