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Cathedral Club Remembers Deceased With Mass

Bishop James Massa chats with Cathedral Club member Jim Kelly outside Visitation Monastery, Bay Ridge, following the Memorial Mass .(Photo: Ed Wilkinson)

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The names of the Cathedral Club of Brooklyn members who died this year were read solemnly and prayerfully at the group’s annual Memorial Mass Nov. 23.

“Let us pray to the Lord,” said Judge John Ingram, a member of the club who served as the leader of prayer. “Lord, hear our prayer,” replied the congregation.

Auxiliary Bishop James Massa was the main celebrant of the liturgy at Visitation Monastery chapel in Bay Ridge. Concelebrants included Msgr. Jamie Gigantiello and Father Michael Falce. 

About 100 people attended.

“A Memorial Mass like this is a good time to hear the invitation to rest in Jesus,” Bishop Massa said. “It’s a way of renewing our own faith that Jesus is risen from death.”

Bishop Massa recommended three ways in which the church invites the faithful to remember and pray for the dead: memorial Masses, cemetery visitations, and private devotions and prayers for the repose of their souls.

He reminded club members that prayer is a way to assist souls through their final time of cleansing before entering Heaven.

A breakfast followed at the Bay Ridge Manor. Cathedral Club President Brian Long announced that the group’s Christmas party will be held at Rao’s of Brooklyn, and that the annual fundraising dinner will be held in February at a new location, the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan. New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro will be the guest speaker.