Poignant memorial Mass honours lives lost to Covid-19 pandemic among the Irish community

Poignant memorial Mass honours lives lost to Covid-19 pandemic among the Irish community

A SPECIAL Mass was held to remember those among the Irish community who have died since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Organised by the Luton Irish Forum (LIF), the memorial was held at the Holy Ghost RC Church in Luton to honour those who had passed away during the pandemic.

Parishioners remembered loved ones lost to Covid-19 over the past 18 months

Monsignor Kevin McGinnell led the Mass, which was attended by more than 100 LIF members and friends.

That included several members of family and friends of those who had died, some of whom who brought items of remembrance to the alter as prayers were said.

Friend and family members left tributes to their loved ones on the altar

“Many people weren’t able to attend funerals and other events to say goodbye to loved ones who sadly passed during the Covid pandemic and so we arranged a Memorial Mass to give people the chance to say goodbye now we can get together,” explained LIF CEO Noelette Hanley.

“While it was very sad remembering friends who are no longer here that we’ve known since the Forum’s beginnings more than 20 years ago, it was a great comfort to be together and to pray for them.”

Monsignor Kevin McGinnell led the Mass in Luton

LIF Member Elleesa Rushby, who attended the Mass,  said: “What a beautiful mass.

“The choir was amazing and it was so fitting that they could raise their voices in memory of their late choirmaster, John Hutcheson.

“Thanks to the Emerald Pipe Band which gave a rousing performance too and for the opportunity for members to catch up afterwards.”

The Emerald Pipe Band performed after the Mass

The Mass was followed by light refreshments in the Holy Ghost Parish Centre.

Luton Irish Forum provides a welfare advice service, affordable activities and cultural opportunities for local people of all ethnicities.

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