Resources for those who have lost a baby through
miscarriage, stillbirth or early childhood
We remember all babies who have died as a result of miscarriage, stillbirth or in early childhood. We remember all mothers and fathers whose hearts are aching and arms empty. We ask God’s healing to fill the void and emptiness that has been left. Amen
If you have lost a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or in early childhood, you may feel a very deep loss which few others seem to understand. The St. Augustine community prays for you, and offers the following resources to help you:
Talk to a Priest: If you need to talk to one of our Friars about your own situation, please do not hesitate to call. Please call: 978-475-0050 and then x35 for Fr. Peter Gori or x32 for Fr. Art Johnson.
Annual Mass of Remembrance: Join us at a Mass of Remembrance for children who have died through miscarriage, stillbirth or in early childhood. All are welcome — especially mothers, fathers and families who want to honor their children and heal from the tremendous pain of their passing.
Date: Saturday, November 2nd, 2019
Where: St. Augustine Church, 43 Essex Street, Andover, MA 01810
Celebrants: Art Johnson, O.S.A., Parochial Vicar, St. Augustine Parish
Paul Ring, Pastor, St. John the Evangelist Church, East Bridgewater, MA
Those attending the Mass will have the opportunity to acknowledge their child by presenting remembrance cards with the names(s) of their child(ren) to the Altar. All are welcome to bring homemade cards or use one of the blank cards which will be provided at the Mass. After the Mass, the basket of cards will be delivered to the Monastery of Saint Clare in Andover. The Nuns there will keep the basket in their chapel, remembering the children and their families in their prayer during the month of November. Click here for a downloadable flyer for the Mass.
|Frs. Peter Gori and Paul Ring accept cards with childrens’ names from Mass attendees. Courtesy Photo.||Basket of cards are presented to nuns at Monastery of St. Clare. Source Pilot:Jim Lockwood|
** If you cannot attend, but would still like a child to be honored, please contact St. Augustine parishioner, Kathy Sexton at email@example.com or 978 258-0433 to arrange for someone to present your child’s name to the presiding priest during the Mass.
Memorial – Established in 1855 to provide a final resting place for our departed and beloved dead, St. Augustine Cemetery reserves a special place to honor and remember children lost through miscarriage, stillbirth, and early childhood. Please contact one of our priests if you would like more information.