Death at St Thomas is surrounded by symbols of life – not to deny the sadness of death but to proclaim our true, everlasting life in Jesus. A casket lies under our twelfth century  San Clemente crucifix of the Tree of Life; ashes are buried, memorial plaques are blessed in our Olive Grove of Gethsemane with rosemary symbolising new life. Each Sunday at St Thomas we are sent from Mass under our Tree of Life; each Sunday we glimpse our Olive Grove as we travel to and from the Eucharist. We grow in the life of Jesus and note that, in the words of St Mary of the Cross, “We are but travellers here.” In the “twinkle of an eye” we shall be transformed.

Preparing for a Funeral Service

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