In the early 1990’s, Monsignor
Bill O’Keeffe approached the Senior Citizen group in the parish.
He suggested that it would be a very fine gesture and ministry
for members to visit All Souls Cemetery in Long Beach on a regular basis
– to pray for priests and parishioners buried there, and to place
flowers on the graves.
Over the past decade, the ministry of prayer for our deceased parish family has grown. Today about fifty volunteers participate on a rotating basis. Each week a group of volunteers travels to All Souls Cemetery. They bring flowers from their gardens, or purchase bouquets at local stores. They first visit the graves of priests who served at Our Lady of Refuge – Monsignor Hugh Vandenbergh, Monsignor Dominic Daly and Father Ernie Montoya – where they pray at the grave and leave bouquets of flowers. Next they visit the graves of other parishioners – spouses, relatives, friends and other loved ones buried at All Souls.
If you want more information on the Catholic practice of praying for the deceased, click on the following links
SPIRITUAL GROWTH MINISTRIES