Homily of Father Noel Horneck, PP, at Requiem Mass for Lorna Carty RIP

04 Jul 2015

12 noon on Saturday 4 July 2015, Church of the Assumption, Robinstown, Co Meath.

The following is the homily of Father Noel Horneck, PP, Dunderry, for the Funeral Mass of Ms Lorna Carty RIP:

Declan, Simon, Hazel, John & Amy, Ruth, Jim, Brian, Ronan,

We are all so sorry. We feel along with you today. We too mourn the loss of Lorna.  Friends, neighbours, colleagues, and the local GAA club here in Dunderry to which she was so committed so often giving her nursing aid to players when injured – she was a club nurse – that’s probably the best way of describing Lorna’s involvement.

Her goodness and kindness will always be remembered and appreciated and spoken of. But our mourning as friends, neighbours, colleagues, club and parish is nothing compared to your loss:

  • Declan, Simon, Hazel – you have lost a loving wife and a devoted and loving mother,
  • And John & Amy, Lorna’s parents – you have lost a devoted and loving daughter,
  • And you Ruth, Jim, Brian and Ronan – you have lost a loving sister.

I have no words of human comfort to ease your loss. But, we as neighbours as a community, as friends in shock, we can only be there with you in your loss, walk with you, accompany you in so far as we can. Because the depth of loss is yours and yours alone. We can only be there with you and for you during those times you need some companionship, someone just to be there for you. All of us will be there with you and for you Declan, Simon, Hazel, parents and family.

I have picked the Gospel I have today because it shows the emotion – the upset and the feeling of sadness and loss by Jesus when he had to face the death of his friend Lazarus. All I can say is:

Let us pray to Jesus Christ that in his sympathy because he understands, he can help you in this awful loss you have of Lorna.

As we commend Lorna to the everlasting love of God and in that love we pray we will all meet again in eternity realising, experiencing the face of God and being with all we love in God.


  • Father Noel Horneck is Parish Priest of Dunderry Parish in the Diocese of Meath.

For media contact: Catholic Communications Office Maynooth: Brenda Drumm 00353 (0) 87 310 4444