On April 20th, the Community of Mary Mother of Jesus along with the family and guests of the Duffy family jointly celebrated the Solemn Easter Vigil and the life of one of our founding mothers, Helen Duffy.
As we blessed the new fire the Community mentioned the names of those who have gone before and who have ignited faith and love and wisdom in his/her life. The Community responded by saying “ They walk with us!” Then Lee Breyer began the service with these words: “On this most sacred night, in which Jesus Christ passed over from this earth to a new life, the People of God everywhere come together to watch and pray. If we listen to the word of God and live it, and if we honor the memory of his death and resurrection, we will have the sure hope of sharing his victory over death and living a resurrected life with our Creator.” Amen
After the Easter service, the Duffy family then continued the celebration of Helen’s life by providing a delicious Easter meal with their friends and family during which stories of Helen were shared with warmth and laughter. The most lasting memory of Helen was her smiling.
If you would like to make a donation in memory of Helen Duffy please make it out to Mary Mother of Jesus and send in care of St. Andrew United Church of Christ, 6908 Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL 34238