November is a time when we remember our deceased loved ones in prayer. As part of the SCN Bicentennial, SCN family members came together this week to celebrate the lives of deceased Sisters and Associates with a Global Prayer. Remembrances and celebrations took place in several places across the Congregation such as Nazareth,Ky.; Memphis, Tenn.; Newburyport, Mass.; Pittsburgh,Pa.; and Mokama,India.
- The prayer service at Nazareth was held today, November 3, at St.Vincent Church at 3 p.m., followed by a procession to the cemetery.
- The prayer service at Newburyport, Mass., took place at St. Mary’s Cemetery also today, November 3, at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at the Immaculate Conception Parish Center.
- The prayer service in Pittsburgh was held yesterday at St. Louise Convent on November 2.
- Services took place this week in Mokama, India as well.
Dozens turned out for the service at Nazareth. Artifacts were carried during the procession to honor deceased love ones, bells tolled, and a drum imitated the beating of a heart. During a prayerful reflection, those gathered were asked to imagine what it must have been like for Mother Catherine Spalding in the early days, and what difficult decisions and challenging ministries other leaders must have had to carry out. Flowers were passed out to take to the cemetery for placing on the graves of those gone but not forgotten. As the service came to the close, dozens gathered before the grave of Mother Catherine.