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Aug

2016

“Before I Die” a unique chalkboard stands in a WNY cemetery

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Aug

2016

‘Before I die...’ blackboard makes its way to Mount Olivet Cemetery



Nancy Weil has introduced laughter yoga, drum circles and the Heavenly Hearts Choir into her work as director of grief support services with the Catholic Cemeteries in the Buffalo Diocese.

Her boss, Carmen Colao, let Weil run with the ideas to help people work through mourning.

The latest pitch gave him pause. But Colao has watched in amazement this summer as visitors to Mount Olivet Cemetery in the Town of Tonawanda have pondered these words on two blackboards: “Before I die I want to _______.”

Hopes, dreams and prayers have spilled on to the boards in colored chalk.

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6

Jul

2016

Not how, but now

‘This is the day

the Lord has made,

let us rejoice

and be glad in it.’

 
We have all heard these familiar words, but how can we rejoice when we are grieving? When our hearts are broken from missing the one we love, it can seem almost impossible to even consider that we will ever feel joy again. Each day only seems to hold tears and despair, not hope or laughter.

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2

Jul

2016

A ministry of compassion

Last April, Pope Francis announced an extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy saying he wanted to make it evident that the Church’s mission is to be a witness of compassion. Mercy is not only shown by God, it should also be shown by us.

The Holy Year will provide a time for the faithful to reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Our Catholic Cemeteries are an integral part of the corporal work of mercy of burying the dead.

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May

2016

Memorial Day Masses planned for Catholic Cemeteries

The men and women of our nation who have served in the U.S. military will be remembered during special Masses at six Catholic Cemeteries of Buffalo during Memorial Day weekend.

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