Thursday, July 18, 2013

Thank You

My Dear Parishioners,
During the most difficult days in my life, so many of you were there. You offered your prayers for us. You encouraged me as I made innumerable hospital visits while continuing to heal from my heart procedure. You came to support my family at the wake. You sent Mass cards. You helped with the Mass booklet. You took the time to be at the Funeral Mass. You ushered at the Mass. Some even came to the cemetery. I and my family will always be grateful. You are always in my prayers. See you the week of July 28.
Father Michael

Notes from Dad's Funeral Homily - July 17, 2013

Thanks to all for being here
Joan Ferroni, Msgr. Barry, Maryl SJB & Chuck
Brother priests – calls from Card Dolan, Bishop Dominick & Bishop Tim 2nd most favorite priest.
First? Dad would go to daily Mass after he retired – who has Mass – the Saint (Father O'Toole)
Little church has meant so much to so many of us – where Maureen, Susan & Thomas were baptized.
Last time we were together here – celebrated Dad’s 80th Birthday with a Mass.
Faith was always important to Dad & Mom.
For Dad, helped him face life’s many challenges.
We had dad for 87 years – his own father died when he was two.
Because of their poverty – he left home at 14 & went to work
Sally Gap, Coal mines, ships in Newry – lived with Aunt Roseann & Uncle Terry RIP
Their son, our cousin Sean is here from Vancouver  Thank you Sean!
His mother Alice worried – spoke to brother in America – Imagine faith needed to leave home and country - not to return for over 50 years?!    Uncle Mylie called him “Big Sheridan”
Sister Pat’s dad – put him to work at Sheridan’s Food Store in the village.
Spent time off in Bronx & Manhattan – would meet a girl from Drumahair, Co. Leitrim – and began a life together.
How can you sum up a life?  Chose 3 areas:
Hard work – both worked so hard – a man with 6th grade education put 4 children through college. We were not just his children but also his employees! We all worked with him and learned the value of good, honest work.
Family –after mom died, we all naturally began to look out for dad – to the point – my brother said – we all became his best friend and he ours.  Love divided is actually love multiplied!
Faith – Mass – Prayer – mom her rosary – dad on his knees.
Faith would be tested – mom’s illness – then his own. Once he questioned : is there something I did? The mystery of the cross!
Tommy Harris once visiting Tom – dad was at work, as usual, fixing or building something – carrying a large piece of wood – Tommy said: "pop-pop, you look like Jesus carrying the cross.  Little did we know. Evidence of cross all over house – walker, commode, wheelchairs, medicines, oxygen machine.
Day after he died – We moved it all out of the house – he is done with the cross!!!
He shares in the joy of the resurrection.
He suffers no more
He is with mom again
Thanks to all who cared for him – Ann Marie – special word to NWHC – Dr. Catanese
Thanks to my brother & sisters – you were amazing – no regrets
Final word to his grandchildren – John, Kev, Hayley & Alice – you know how much he loved you.
He was so proud of you -  keep in your hearts: hard work, family & faith.
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord. . .

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Funeral for Father Michael's Dad

Michael McLoughlin of Chappaqua, New York died July 12, 2013
He was born in Gubaveeney, Co. Cavan, Ireland on May 21, 1926 to Michael McLoughlin and Alice Sheridan. On February 14, 1953 he married Mary T. Harrison at St. Francis deSales Church, NYC. Michael was a former employee of Sheridan’s Food Store, Chappaqua, NY and the former owner of the Peach Lake Market, North Salem, NY. In retirement, Michael was a woodcrafter and was known locally for his hand made crafts. Michael loved his family and his faith. He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his children Rev. Michael P. McLoughlin of Warwick, NY, Maureen T. McLoughlin of Valhalla, NY, Susan A. and husband John Enright of Stratford, CT and Thomas F. and wife Kristin of Poughquaq, NY. his grandchildren John M. Enright, Kevin T. Enright, Hayley R. McLoughlin and Alice K. McLoughlin. He is also survived by his sister Roseann McManus of Lanes, England.
Michael is predeceased by his wife Mary, who passed away in 2001, his brother Myles McLoughlin and his sister Minnie Morton.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that Memorial Gifts be made to the St. Stephen’s Church Building Fund, Warwick or to Rosary Hill Home of Hawthorne.


Tuesday, July 16 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. & 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Beecher Funeral Home   418 Bedford Rd.  Pleasantville NY 10570   914-769-0001
Wednesday, July 17 at 10:30 a.m. Church of St. John & St. Mary, 15 St. John's Place, Chappaqua NY 10514

 Burial Arrangements

Burial immediately after Mass in the Family Plot at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 10 W. Stevens Avenue, Hawthorne, NY 10532.

Funeral Mass - Joseph Mandracchia

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered for the repose of the soul of Joseph Mandracchia on Monday, July 15 at 10:00 a.m. His wife Ann is a Eucharistic Minister at 9:00 a.m. Daily Mass and his son Stephen is a Parish Trustee. Please pray for Joseph and for his family.