From the Pastor's Desk
Fr. Dan White, S.J.
September 14, 2014
I want to thank everyone for their prayers and support since the death of my father last month. We are grateful for all that we have received from the St. Francis Xavier community over the past few weeks. It means a great deal to me.
There is an ancient tradition in the Church to seek the grace of a happy death. I believe my father received that grace. He died at home with my family present. His wake and funeral mass were held in the Cathedral of La Crosse where he had been a parishioner since the early 1970s. Family and friends from near and far attended. The reception was held at my dad’s favorite tavern (what would you expect in Wisconsin?). There was sadness, of course, but wonderful stories, memories, and laughs as well.
The prayers for the dying and the funeral mass are some of the most beautiful in any liturgy. They capture well the sense of loss, but more importantly the hope that is the foundation of our faith. They remind us that not even death can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ.
Thank you again for the great kindness you have extended. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord; and let perpetual light shine upon him.