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It was only a short year ago that my Mom, Phyllis, attended my induction as the new incumbent of St. Mark. Since that time Mom's health has deteriorated and her pain was becoming debilitating. Although she never lost her independent living situation, she found it increasingly difficult to move around. 

On Friday, May 8th, 2020 my Mom died with my sister and I holding her hands and telling her that it was OK to "go". It's been very hard to lose both parents as they have always forged a path of love and joy for us. I remember that Bishop Michael told me when my Dad died, that "we always seem to think that they'll live forever" and they certainly will in our hearts and minds. 

Thank you to my Parish Council team and especially the wardens who have become stars over night! I have felt the love pouring out these last months and I so appreciate all the prayers. 

One last thing - I was not forgetting about the prayers for the 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII in today's reflections, however I was concentrating on not shedding tears....

Marking the 75th anniversary of the end of the second World War in 2020, we pay tribute to the victims and to all soldiers who fought to defeat Nazi Germany and put an end to the Holocaust. We will remember them!

May all those who have died rest in peace and rise in glory! Take care everyone and stay safe and well.