Pastoral Letter from Fr. Craig

Dear People of St. Matthew’s Church & School:

Let me begin by thanking all of you for your prayers, support and many kindnesses in the aftermath of the devastating news of Mr. “M’s” passing.  It goes without saying that all of us who worked so closely with him on a daily basis are grieving mightily the loss of such a beautiful soul.  We will continue to do so I’m sure for some time, and we will do so together, upheld by God’s grace.  We are all here for each other, and my goodness, what a great blessing that is.

I know there are many questions about funeral arrangements and such.  There are still many uncertainties but I will tell you what I know so far.

First, the family are having his body returned to Georgia for a funeral and subsequent burial in a cemetery at a small country church where his father is buried. It’s located in Tipton, Georgia.  It is unclear just when this will take place since one thing being taken into consideration is the hurricane headed for Florida, and projected to possibly move into Georgia, thereafter.  So, we do not yet know when the funeral will occur.  There are other complicating factors such as the fact that some of the family are out of the country, and working on travel arrangements and such.

Subsequent to the funeral in Georgia—whenever that may be—we will have a memorial service here at St. Matthew’s, which will likely be attended by some or all of Myers’ family.  They expressed interest in coming to Houma for such a service, and I very much want them to see the many souls in Houma who feel deeply blessed to have known him.

School will resume on Tuesday of next week and we will have chapel at 8:30 AM.  Our wider community has generously offered the services of grief counselors and people trained in dealing with traumatic situations such as these.  So there will be a number of people available to be of service to help the children—and maybe us adults as well— through this process.

I will let you know more details as soon as I know them myself.  Meanwhile, thank you again for you prayers and many kindnesses.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Craig

2 Replies to “Pastoral Letter from Fr. Craig”

  1. Fr. Craig,
    If I can be of any help, feel free to call. I am on the Ministry of Hope at St. Francis.
    Sincerely,
    Eulice Sparks
    (Your neighbor)

  2. Good Morning Father Craig,
    My daughter is a former student of Mr M’s in New Orleans. I’m sure I speak for many of his former students when I tell you the sadness that we are feeling from his passing.
    Would you happen to have an address for his family so that we may send a sympathy card? Email? Anything so that we may reach out and let his loved ones know the impact he left with my family specifically.
    I have spoken with our secretary from St Paul’s and she told me she will keep us updated on a possible mass.
    Thank you in advance.
    Best,
    Stacy R. Robin

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