I am writing these words, just a few hours after the funeral of Sr Marcelline. It was a
beautiful day. We had Sisters coming from all the places in New South Wales as well as
Queensland. There was a small representation of the staff of the Nursing Home (Holy
Family Services) and a few residents, Associates of the Holy Family, and members of the
Polish Community. We were lucky to have five priests celebrating the Eucharist.
The coffin was brought to the church for viewing at 9.30am. Sr Marcelline was dressed up in
her white habit and veil with her favourite rosary beads around her hand. On the coffin was
a bouquet of white roses. Prior to Mass Sisters and other people present in this church
joined in praying the rosary. After that the coffin was closed and covered by the pall – a
symbol of a Baptism. The representation of the Sisters came forward to the display next to
the coffin symbols of our religious life (Ring, Cross, Candle and Covenant of Love).
During the Eucharist, Sisters lead us through the readings, the singing of psalms and bringing
the gifts for the Offertory Procession. Maja, the organist, led us in the hymns and she sang
some moving pieces – “Pie Jesu” and “Ave Maria”. Sr Josita, a former Provincial Leader for
two terms, delivered a eulogy. One of the priests gave a simple, but nice homily, reminding
us that we all do goes where Marcelline is right now.
Immediately after the Mass, we made our way to the cemetery where the Sisters from our
Congregation are buried. The whole cortege slowly passed by the honour guard of the
Nursing Home Staff and residents. The honour guard was their tribute to Sr Marcelline. It
was very touching and moving to see the people who did share the sufferings and joys of
our Sister for the 21 years there.
Three of the priests went with us to the cemetery for the final prayers. One of the Sisters
prepared magnificent red roses to be thrown at the coffin after the closing prayer. The day
was very peaceful and lovely. I hope Sr Marcelline was smiling to all of us from above.
Sr Grace Roclawska CSFN