The national week enables those affected by pregnancy loss to share their experiences and know they are not alone. One-fifth of pregnancies sadly end in miscarriage. The Mass was an opportunity to remember the lives of the babies lost and entrust them to the Lord.
“Each of you will have your own story to tell,” said Bishop Alan Hopes in his homily. “Your unborn child has a story to tell as well – not a long one, for their life on earth was short. But in this sacred place we do not only speak about out life here on earth.”
Our vocation on earth, said the Bishop, was to know, love, and serve the Lord. “But those of your children who have gone to the Lord have the same vocation – to know, love and serve the Lord. We do this on earth, they do it with God in eternity. The know him better than we do. They are with him eternally in his loving arms.”
Parents were able to record the names of lost children in a book of remembrance at the Mass at Our Lady Immaculate and St Etheldreda’s Church in Newmarket, on October 10.
The next special event for couples in this Year of the Family will be a Mass for infertility, also in Newmarket, at 11am on Saturday November 6. More information is available here.
Pictured above is the book of remembrance at the Newmarket Mass.