The third Thursday of every month we have a special mass in our Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Saint Joseph’s Chapel at 7:00PM to commemorate the deceased. This mass is about 30 days after their passing, one month after the initial shock and grief of death. It is a time to “Honor the dead with prayers and a time of hope that their lives and deaths will have lasting meaning.”
Do you know the history of MONTH’S MIND MASS?
There is a lovely tradition that started in Europe,
particularly in rural Ireland, called the month’s mind.
A month after a person’s death a Requiem Mass is celebrated in memory of the deceased. Generally, the family of the deceased and close friends will attend the mass and will then share a meal or refreshments where the life of the deceased is celebrated. What most people today do not realize is that the month’s mind tradition is of ancient origin. In medieval England, the Venerable Bede (672-735) noted that the “minding days” were of great antiquity at that time and originated from the Norse minne, or ceremonial to the dead. – glenmore-history.com
Ireland is one of the few countries where the month’s mind tradition is still widely practiced although there are still a few locations in England where it is said to survive. Further afield efforts have been undertaken to introduce the month’s mind.
For example, in January 2015, Monsignor David Cassato, Chaplain of the New York Police Department at St. Athanasius Church, of Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York, offered a Month’s Mind Mass to mark the one-month anniversary of the assassination of two local police officers. Monsignor Cassato explained, “In the Roman Catholic Church, a Month’s Mind Mass is really a big deal because it comes a month after the initial shock and grief of death. It is a time to honor the dead with prayers, a time to hope that their lives and deaths will have a lasting meaning…” (The Tablet, 22 January 2015).
That is why we are calling our Monthly Remembrance Mass at Gate of Heaven Cemetery “Month’s Mind Mass.” We have this mass the third Thursday of every month at 7PM to commemorate the deceased about 30 days after their passing – one month after the initial shock and grief of death. This mass is a time to join together and “honor the dead with prayers and a time to hope that their lives and deaths will have lasting meaning.” – Monsignor Cassato
All are welcome to join us together in prayer for the deceased in Gate of Heaven’s Month’s Mind Mass, the third Thursday of every month at 7PM with Celebrant, Fr. Pat Crone.