St John's Catholic Parish

St John's RC Church Ivy St Burnley

Ministry for the Bereaved 2010

In the Month of November we remember especially Loved Ones who have died between November 2009 and October 2010


Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:5
By dying You opened the gates of life for those who  believe in You; do not let Your brother/sister be parted from You, but by Your glorious power give him/her light, joy, and peace in heaven where You live for ever and ever. Amen.


                      November 2009 Elizabeth Isherwood  Patrick Joseph Learoyd
                                 December Winnie Thornton Margaret Monteath

          January 2010   Eamonn Kilbride           

February Anne O’Malley Frank Ingham Thomas Machin               

March Bernard Sagar Sylvia June Quigley                  

April Kieran Moore  Brian Snape                       

May Barbara Wilson Harrison Jack McKavett Guiseppe La Menza

June Trevor William Gardiner Bill Jackson Rose Hirst

July Doreen Blackburn  Cyril Rogerson  Betty Cooke  Kevin Drinkwater

August Winnie Ridge Margaret Broxup Joe Carlin

                         September  Manfred Sillitti Patricia Symons  

                            October Frances Ann Wroe Jean Woodvine Josie Allott Elizabeth Fell   

                  Love is stronger than death               

  even though it can't stop death from happening,

        but no matter how hard death tries it can't separate people from love                       

It can't take away our memories either. In the end, life is stronger than death. -     


Poem from Afghanistan

Politicians usually have much to say

No sign of them near here today

They hide away and out of danger

Much easier if the hero is a stranger


The hearse with its precious load

Moves slowly out onto the road

The floral tributes line the route

While comrades snap a smart salute


At the edge of a Wiltshire town

The cortege slows its pace right down 

The streets are packed , many deep

Some throw flowers, most just weep.


The crowd have come to say farewell

The church rings a low death knell

Regimental standadrs are lowered down

As the hero passes through the town. 


The cortege stops and silence reigns

The townsfolk feel the family's pain

The nation's flag lowered to half mast

Our brave hero is home at last.


by SGT Andy McFarlane 

2009 serving in Afghanistan.