Annual Mass for those who have lost children


Mother’s Day can be especially hard for those who have lost a child. That’s why Betty Pearce set the Monday after Mother’s Day as the time for a Mass of remembrance and healing at her parish, St. Joseph’s in Sea Isle.

The parish has been hosting this Mass for at least 10 years, bringing many of the same families back to the parish for this evening of healing and remembrance. Pearce constructs a memorial display for the photos that parents bring and works with Msgr. Michael Mannion, the celebrant, to coordinate the readings and the music to further the sense of peace and calm at the Mass.

For some families the most healing time is when they have an opportunity to have an individual blessing from one of the concelebrating priests at the conclusion of the evening.

This year’s Mass will be celebrated on Monday, May 14, at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in Sea Isle. Families are asked to bring a photo or other remembrance of their child with them. For more information or for directions to the church, please call 609-425-3553.