Life is a Song I Should Sing
These words from a Peter Kearney were dear to Sister Catherine Considine. They summed up her love of life and her faith. We’ll sing with our lives full of light, full of love. So make us a song of this day. So the congregation sang of Catherine’s life of love and commitment on the day of her Funeral Mass on 31st May 2018 in St Joseph’s Convent Chapel Lochinvar.
Catherine’s song ended on 25th May at the Southern Cross Apartments in Caves Beach where she had been a resident since 2011. Her song had begun in Raymond Terrace in 1926 when she was born, the fourth child of Patrick Considine and Susan Foley. All but two of her siblings predeceased her, including her sister Mary who had followed her to become a Sister of St Joseph. Catherine had two remaining brothers, Frank and Thomas, the youngest, who was able to attend her Funeral Mass. He joined the extended family of nieces, nephews, cousins and Sisters of St Joseph in praying for her as they celebrated her long life of dedication and service.
For over thirty years, Catherine taught Infant classes in many schools in the Diocese of Maitland- Newcastle. In the post war years when there was an influx of refugees at Cardiff, Sister Mary Austin (as she was then known) managed huge class numbers. Her love of poetry, art, craft and her skills as a teacher enabled her to meet the enormous challenge. Following her days of classroom teaching, Catherine ministered as a resource teacher, parish pastoral worker and as a community support person before ill health caused her to move into care.
Sr Jan Tranter in giving the Words of Remembrance spoke warmly of Catherine as a generous, big-hearted woman with a great sense of humour. Jan emphasised Catherine’s strong faith and unwavering perseverance, her keen mind, her enjoyment in playing cards, her love of nature and of painting at which she excelled.
God is here! As we his people meet to offer praise and prayer. So sang the congregation as the entrance procession moved to the sanctuary. Father Peter Street presided at the Mass. The Scripture Readings chosen to reflect Catherine’s song of her life of faith began with the reading from Isaiah: The Holy One of Israel has chosen you, to be followed by the text from Timothy: I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. The Gospel from St John reminded us that in my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.
The final song that resounded through the chapel as all moved to take Catherine to her place of rest was In faith and hope and love, with joyful trust we move towards our Father’s home above. Sister Catherine Considine was laid to rest close to her sister, Mary in the Sisters’ section of the Lochinvar cemetery where they both await the resurrection on the last day.
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