This past Sunday, on St. Patrick’s Day, my mother would have celebrated her 104th birthday. Born on March 17th, 1915 to an Irish mother and Canadian father, she represented everything good and lovely about both cultures. There is not a day goes by that I do not think of her. She has been gone for over 22 years, and I still miss her.
That is why it was such a delight for Richard and me to be able to honour her memory by attending a special St. Patrick’s Day Vespers service at St. James Anglican Church in Stratford, Ontario. Tagging along were our good friends Cora and John. John’s father, like my maternal grandmother, also came from Ireland.
The service was led by Kelly Walker, well-known Canadian author, speaker, counsellor, and singer-songwriter. His Irish ancestors would have been proud. You may have missed Kelly’s beautiful service on Sunday, but you still have a chance to register for his special one-day event on Saturday, April 6th at Siloam United Church, in London, Ontario: Growing Somewhere: Living life after mid-life, when together we will learn how to find meaning in life’s 2nd half! Hope to see you there!