My Mother in Law (Laura)’s Passing

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Dear friends,

Words are so inadequate to express the unfolding of last week’s events as they were carried by your prayers and immersed in Divine Mercy.

On Thursday, April 20th, birthday of Laura’s youngest child, all her children found ourselves around her bed in her remaining hours.    At the nursing home, with heavy hearts and spinning minds, we celebrated the youngest daughter’s birthday, because “mom would have wanted it this way”.    The same evening before Mass I told our Pastor of her conditions and afterwards he promptly came to pray over her the prayers for the dying.   Surrounded by her two sons, the pastor and I, Laura heard the Salve Regina in Italian and received a blessing.   Before leaving, our pastor summoned me to recite the Divine Mercy Chapel.

“Lord, you’re carrying us.”

Laura spent Thursday night in the company of her oldest son, my husband, who was watching her every single breath and in the company of Divine Mercy. Friday morning, again all her children were by her side and before noon I brought one of our boys to see their ‘nonna’ since he had an exam in the afternoon.

” Lord, your timing is always perfect.”  

Friday, Divine Mercy hour came and at 3:07 p.m.  my husband called from the nursing home, “Mom gave up her last breath”.    In the middle of Divine Mercy chaplet, still clutching the rosary beads, I thought, “Wow, look at her, embraced by Divine Mercy.”    Shortly after, I called our parish office to report her passing (what does one do at such time, I had no idea of protocol), thank God, the nursing home is only a minute from the church. When I reached our Pastor, he was on his way to her room to pray over her and sustain her children.

” Lord, you never abandon us.”

Saturday, was spent cleaning her room from her belongings and meeting with family again.

Divine Mercy Sunday, I was recommending my husband to be strong, since he had to read the First Reading.   Before Mass started the Celebrant, Priest announced the Mass was being offered for the repose of Laura.  All weekend Masses were offered in her memory.   Then again while reading the Prayers of the Faithful, my poor husband came across his mother’s name.   A sting in the heart, yet so consoling.

” Lord, you’re forever present.”

Divine Mercy Sunday 3:00 p.m. we’re gathered as a parish for The Hour of Adoration, reciting the Divine Mercy Chaplet, while my husband was planning for his mother’s funeral as it was the only time available at the funeral home.

” Lord, you accompany us in your ever so gentle ways.”

Monday, April 24th, we had to remind my husband of his birthday, since he had forgotten it.  Laura’s passing time, encompassed her youngest and her oldest children birthdates.

Tuesday, April 25th at Laura’s visitation, people we hadn’t seen in years, people who had just had surgery and even a husband of another resident from the nursing home came to pay their respects. Again, to the surprise of many, our Pastor was there blessing her body and praying for her and the family.

” Lord, you always move so many hearts.”

Wednesday, April 26th, Laura’s funeral was out of this world.   The church still decorated with the many Easter flowers, the Divine Mercy and St Faustina images were still displayed and surrounded by flowers beside the altar. It was a constant reminder of the presence of the risen and merciful Lord. Long before guests started filing in I wanted to spend some time by the Tabernacle which is in a chamber off to the side of the church proper and there was the musician/singer in deep prayer.

“You’re the giver of all gifts, Lord.”

Friends, relatives, extended family and parishioners were in somber attendance. Even some of our Regnum Christi family members and Legionary of Christ priests came to share our sorrow.    It was ever so comforting to see them, knowing they all have such busy schedules and some Regnum Christi members even took time off work.

” Your generosity Lord overflows my cup.”

A touching moment before the funeral was when a Filipino parishioner, assigned to read the Prayers of the Faithful asked me how to pronounce the name Laura in Italian and left practicing, “Laura, Laura.” Our Pastor’s tribute to Laura and homily touched many hearts, as they’re still sending us their reactions. For many, Laura’s accompaniment to eternity’s threshold was ever so regal.  She was a true princess!

 ” Teach us to see with eyes of faith, Lord.”

The day of Laura’s funeral was also the Feast of Our Lady of Good Council.  Now that our earthly “mamma” is gone into eternity, our Heavenly Mother is to be a mother to us.

“Lady of Good Council, pray for us!”

Well friends, I just wanted to share a little bit of heaven with you. I could write a book about all the details and graces we experienced. During these trying times your prayers were storming heaven and heaven heard you and the flood of Divine Mercy opened wide for Laura and her loved ones. Even during the heart wrenching moments, there was much beauty, joy, charity and above all, peace.   After receiving so much, how can anyone hold back?

“Yes, the love of Christ impels me!”

Again, words are so inadequate to express my gratitude to have stumbled into the Regnum Christi movement, but the Lord knew it from eternity, that through my Regnum Christi family I would be lead closer to Christ’s heart, my faith has been reawakened, and my heart ignited to see the hand of God in all things, especially during the difficulties. To be surrounded by such a spiritual family that reached out to me and my loved ones in solidarity, is truly a grace from God.

Finally, to discover the importance of prayer, that heart to heart communion with the Risen Lord is a true gift!

“Oh Lord, through this taste of heaven, you have increased my longing for your Kingdom!”

Christ our King!

Thy Kingdom Come!

Volunteers Needed for Local Committee

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Are you feeling called to serve on the local committee? 

The heart of the apostolic mission of Regnum Christi is lived out in the locality by its members through its sections and apostolates. The Regnum Christi Local Committee serves this mission by providing governance support at the locality level under the direction of the Regnum Christi North American Territorial Committee based in Atlanta and chaired by our Territorial Director, Fr. John Connor, LC.

The Local Committee reports to the Territorial Committee and is chaired by our Local Director, Tima Borges.  Membership consists of a representative group of Regnum Christi members and Legionaries from our locality.  Their function is to direct the common apostolic mission, fostering communion and collaboration among the branches in the locality.

The committee meets at least quarterly and is responsible for all common areas of work in the locality, including RC section apostolic work, local apostolate operations and the financial health of the locality. The committee works in collaboration with other institutions, territorial apostolates and programs, and our Legionary community.

Up until recently Veronica Touhey was the Recruitment Coordinator and Christine Cardwell served as the Local Committee’s Secretary. We are grateful to both Veronica and Christine for their generosity in sharing their time and talents to serve the locality. They have both discerned that it is time to step down and give another member the opportunity to serve on the Local Committee.

There are currently two vacant roles on our Local Community. If you are feeling called to serve the locality in this capacity please contact me or your section director.  Click here to read the summary of the two vacant roles on the committee.

The Recruitment coordinator could also be called the ‘growth’ coordinator. For us, the word “growth” means drawing as many people as possible to Christ and helping them to experience his love so that they will know him, love him, and imitate him in their own life.

Functions of the Growth Coordinator

  • Help to maintain a keen apostolic awareness in each member of the section so that they will draw more people closer to Christ and the Church.
  • Infuse a deep mystique of growth and vocational promotion on all levels, for the good of the Church. Keep promotional material current and ensure it is available at events.
  • Organize discernment courses and coordinate incorporation ceremonies at Christ the King celebration and maintain stock of the materials needed for new members (i.e. Prayer books, Commitment cards, Bibles, Crucifixes)
  • Help all members promote and invite others to participate actively in the apostolic activities organized by the section’s teams, in the formative activities, and in the spiritual activities organized by the Movement.
  • Ensure that in events there is an atmosphere of charity and apostolic dynamism that will be positive and attractive for anyone who visits and has contact with the teams of the Movement.
  • Make sure that all people discerning a call and the new members of the movement are offered personal attention. This is of paramount importance.

 

The Local Committee Secretary is an administrative role, aimed to assist the Local Director in communicating with the Local Committee members and holding each of them accountable.

Functions of the Secretary:

  • Attend quarterly meetings and record minutes of meeting, including action items and deadlines.
  • Send e-mail messages to the Local Committee members including the minutes of meeting, agenda and other reminders and updates as needed.
  • Assist the Local Director in collecting data from consultation survey’s and the annual report to be submitted to the Territorial Committee.
  • The secretary is a non-voting member who can also provide their perspective of team/ section life and can voluntarily assist with initiatives of the Local Committee.

It would be beneficial to have someone in these roles as we look ahead to the 2017-2018 calendar. If you are feeling called to the Secretary or Recruitment Coordinator role on the Local Committee please contact your section director or Tima before June 1, 2018 with any questions or to express your interest.