PIETA MemorialS & RETREATS
Our PIETA Memorial Mass is held annually as a collective prayer for all our children who have died.
Started in 2017, the memorial is scheduled on the 2nd Friday in November to follow 'All Saints' and 'All Souls' Day. The Memorial aims to bring bereaved parents together as a community to celebrate the Eucharist, dedicate prayers to our beloved children, and to pray for families struggling with loss. We believe that the Mass brings comfort and support during the difficult time of loss; by leaning on those who share our pain and sadness, we gain strength and hope for the future. More importantly, each time we gather before the Eucharist, we remember the promise that one day we will all be joined with our loved ones in God’s kingdom.
More on Retreats
PIETA Memorial Mass 2023
Our annual PIETA Memorial Mass 2023 for children who have died was held at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Siglap on Friday 10th Nov at 8pm. We are grateful to the staff of OLPS for their immense kindness and support, and to our celebrant Fr Eugene Vaz who gave a compelling homily that united parents in the hope of the resurrection. (click here for Homily) Our next Memorial Mass 2024 will be on Fri 8th Nov - more information will be posted in due course.
PIETA Memorial Mass 2022
We held our annual PIETA Memorial Mass returns in Church on Fri 11th Nov at 7.45pm at the Church of the Holy Spirit (248 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 574371). We wish to thank the Fr Kamil and the amazing staff of the Church for their support, compassion and friendship in organising this mass.
Read Catholic New's review on the Mass here.
We are grateful to Friar Michael D'Cruz and his team for hosting our Pieta Memorial Mass 2021 on Fri 12th Nov at the Church of St Mary of the Angels. Candles were lit and the peace of Christ moved among the 50 parents and friends gathered to remember their children and others whose families were unable to join in. Sr Elizabeth graciously echoed St Paul's letter to the Romans that nothing can come between us and the love of God, and Friar Michael reminded us with much aplomb that our children are unique because of our love which has defined them as we ourselves are defined by the love by Christ. And he recalled Christ's resurrection and the promise that one day we will all be reunited with Christ in our Heavenly Kingdom.
pieta memorial 2020
Friday 13th Nov 2020 at Good Shepherd Place
The 2020 memorial was held online and prayers were led by the Pieta team from Good Shepherd Place. It was a simple gathering of family and friends united by the loss of our children and inspired by God's promise that we will one day be together in heaven. Scripture from the Book of Wisdom reminded us that the "Souls of the virtuous are in the hands of God" ; Sr Elizabeth led a short meditation and a dedication prayer for our children closed the evening to Corrinne May's composition The Answer.
PRAYER FOR BLESSING OF THE TEALIGHT HOLDERS
Parents bring tealight holders to be blessed at mass so that when the return home they can continue to keep the Christ light glowing in remembrance of their child.
O God, almighty Father, we ask for your blessing upon these tea light holders.
As these tapers burn with visible fire and dispel the darkness of night, so may the hearts of these bereaved parents and families be comforted and consoled by the invisible fire of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus, we pray that every time a candle is lit in this holder, these parents are bestowed with Your hope and grace as they remember and miss their child. Let them know that You are with them throughout and especially in their most difficult moments.
May the light you give this day and every day remind them of the gift of their child, now in Your embrace. May Your light guide them in walking this grief journey amid the struggles of life.
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
PIETA MEMORIAL MASS 2019
8th Nov at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd
We gathered as a community of bereaved families united in faith and love to remember our children who have died. Celebrated by Msgr Philip Heng, the mass brought consolation and healing to 500 people. The pop-up choir was led by Angelo Soong, with Corrinne May premiering her new song 'The promise of you' dedicated to all the children.
Pieta Memorial Mass 2018
8th Nov 2018 at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.
It was celebrated by Monsignor Fr Philip Heng S.J. and attended by approximately 400 people.
Pieta Memorial Mass 2017
10th Nov 2017 at the Good Shepherd Place Chapel in Toa Payoh.
This inaugural Memorial Mass was celebrated by Chancellor Fr John Paul Tan, OFM and attended by 250 people, including parents and friends.