By Ann Marie Foley - 14 November, 2019
A popular memorial Mass in Cork returns this month having had more than 400 virtual participants last year.
The annual Light Up a Memory Mass, which will be celebrated on 30 November this year, will again be broadcast live online.
“We typically have upwards of 400 people tune in to watch the Light Up a Memory Mass online, from Ireland and countries all over the world. Last year, online viewers joined us from the UK, the United States, Australia, Germany, Russia, Serbia, Malta, Spain, Belgium, Poland, and China,” a spokesperson told CatholicIreland.net.
The Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) who organise the Mass state that during the Month of the Holy Souls, people take the time to reflect and pray especially for loved ones who have passed away.
Every year the invitation goes out to friends of the missionaries to send the names of their deceased for remembrance, and the list is kept on the altar throughout the month as the missionaries pray for eternal peace for the faithful departed.
“Each November, the Light Up a Memory Mass is a beacon in the winter darkness, marking the end of the month of remembrance by honouring treasured memories of those we hold dear,” the missionaries state.
Since the first candlelight memorial service in 2014, the annual MSC Light Up a Memory Mass has become a much-loved tradition to close the Month of the Holy Souls.
“Bereavement touches us all and the service is a very special way for families to remember together,” state the organisers.
They welcome familiar faces and many new visitors on the night.
“The church looked stunning,” said one of last year’s attendees. “It was so warm, inviting, and very appropriate for the occasion. It was also lovely to see so many MSC priests concelebrating Mass.”
Viewers from all over the world are also welcome to join the service on the live stream again this year. Last year one online viewer said: “That was lovely. I’m so glad I got it.”
This year the candlelight Mass will take place at 6.30 p.m. in the Sacred Heart Church on the Western Road, Cork. All are welcome to attend Mass in the Sacred Heart Church on the night or to participate online.