There Is Resurrection Awaiting Us

19 Sep

Brothers and sisters:
If Christ is preached as raised from the dead,
how can some among you say there is no resurrection of the dead?
But now Christ has been raised from the dead,
the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. (1 Cor 15:12,20)

Today, in Michigan City, a Funeral Mass will be celebrated for Rev.  John A. Hogan, 84, who passed away Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 9:10 a.m. in St. Anthony Inpatient Hospice, Michigan City.

Fr. Hogan was born October 26, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois to  the late James J.and Elizabeth (Kartch) Hogan.    Surviving are Sister, Mary Everett of Chicago, IL;  15 Nieces and Nephews, Several Great-Nieces and Great-Nephews survive.  He was preceded in death by Two sisters, Catherine Kocher and Beatrice Whelan, One brother, James J. Hogan

Rev. Hogan was a retired Priest from the Diocese of Gary, but continued to assist the local parishes in celebrating Mass on a regular basis.  He helped me regularly when I was the pastor at Queen of All Saints in Michigan City.  He could always be counted on to cover the parish in a pinch.  He did so willingly and joyfully and the people loved him.

We do not have enough priests nowadays.  The loss of any priest, no matter how old, is a blow to those of us who remain.  It affects us just as anyone would be affected when losing a member of the family.  Kindly keep his family and friends, as well as the priests of the Diocese of Gary, in your prayers as we grieve his loss.

FAITH ACTION:  Pray that the Master of the Harvest will call more people to serve in the harvest as priests, deacons, brothers, and sisters.

O God, Father of all Mercies,
Provider of a bountiful Harvest,
send Your Graces upon those
You have called to gather the fruits of Your labor;
preserve and strengthen them in their lifelong service of you.

Open the hearts of Your children
that they may discern Your Holy Will;
inspire in them a love and desire to surrender themselves
to serving others in the name of Your son, Jesus Christ.

Teach all Your faithful to follow their respective paths in life
guided by Your Divine Word and Truth.
Through the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary,
all the Angels, and Saints, humbly hear our prayers
and grant Your Church’s needs, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.