Death

Obituary | Sr. Marie Bertrand Wright, OP

A funeral Mass for Sister Marie Bertrand Wright was celebrated July 11 at the Dominican motherhouse in Sinsinawa, Wis. Sister Marie Bertrand died July 5 at St. Dominic Villa in Sinsinawa. She was 94 and had been a Sinsinawa Dominican for 69 years.

Born in St. Louis, Sister Marie Bertrand made first religious profession in 1947 and final profession in 1950. She taught high school science for 41 years, served as principal for six years and was a pastoral minister for 20 years. Sister Marie Bertrand served in South Dakota, Alabama, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Alaska.

Obituary | Sr. Mary Blish, RSCJ

A funeral Mass for Sister Mary Blish was celebrated June 28 in the Infant of Prague Chapel at Teresian House in Albany, N.Y. Sister Mary died June 21 at Teresian House. She was 89 and had been a member of the Society of the Sacred Heart for 64 years.

Obituary | Sr. Elizabeth Parham, DC

A funeral Mass for Sister Elizabeth Parham was celebrated June 16 at the Seton Chapel in Evansville, Ind. Sister Elizabeth died June 13 at Seton Residence in Evansville. She was 87 and had been a Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul for 64 years.

Obituary | Sr. Frances Therese Hansman, CPPS

A funeral Mass for Sister Frances Therese Hansman was celebrated July 8 at St. Joseph Chapel in O'Fallon. Sister Frances Therese died July 1 at Mount Carmel Senior Living in O'Fallon. She was 84 and was a Sister of the Most Precious Blood for 61 years.

DEAR FATHER | Church remains hopeful children who died before birth will have eternal life with God

First, let's review.

Baptism is the necessary sacrament for one to receive to enter the Kingdom of Heaven (John 3:5). While ideally one would receive this sacrament, the Church has understood from her foundation two other ways to receive the graces of this sacrament.

The Baptism of Desire is received by someone preparing for baptism but dying before the sacrament is conferred, or by a person who never hears about Christ but lives a good life as their culture understands that to be. The Baptism of Blood is received by someone who is martyred for the faith, but isn't baptized.

Obituary | Sr. Carol Haggarty, RSCJ

A memorial Mass for Sister Carol Haggarty was celebrated June 22 at the Oakwood chapel in Atherton, Calif. Sister Carol, 75, died June 18 in Atherton.

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