Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Remembering a Loved One: Mary Ikhusa

It is with sadness that I share the news that little Mary Ikhusa age 5 who is a member of the Children's Rosary passed away February 1st 2015.  She was hit by a car while walking.  Mary was a beloved daughter of Mr and Mrs Samson Etali and sister to Samson Etali.
Mary's Children's Rosary Group
Mary had been a most cherished member of the Children's Rosary from St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Nairobi, Kenya.  Her group meets each Saturday morning in the Kibera Slum.  There was a beautiful little gift given to this group just before her passing.  It has been our hope to have a Mass said for each new Children's Rosary group that forms.  However, for financial reasons we were unable to continue this since June of 2014.  In December of 2014 a person came forward wanting to make a donation for just that purpose.  We were able to request Masses for several groups.  On Saturday January 31st 2015 a Mass was said for Mary's Children's Rosary group.  This would be one day before the accident.  In reflection it was such a consolation that Our Lord gave this group this extra blessing before such suffering was to come.  This little gift, given unknowingly at just the right moment, feels in a very special way to express the love and tenderness of Our Lord.  

In thinking about the children of Mary's group, who are struggling with the loss of their friend, it is so important that in a time when one feels so helpless and does not know how to help both Mary and her grieving family, their is something each child can do.  They can continue to pray.  In that time of prayer they find a way to share their love and also find a soothing of their own pain.  With their Heavenly Mother watching over them they can support each other.  We are very grateful to Jeremiah Mumo and Sr. Mary Magdalene who helped begin this group.  In a special way this group that they formed and the tragedy that has occurred underscores how such prayer support is needed as we walk on this journey together.  In this time of grieving may I humbly ask our members and all who read this too keep these children and families as well as Mary Ikhusa in your prayers.

Thank you all and God Bless.

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