It was with great sadness that members of the St Mungo Singers joined family, friends and parishioners of St Leo the Great on 2 May for the funeral of Cathy Gilbert who died in her 96th year, and yet it was a joyous occasion as well. For Cathy had always enjoyed everything throughout her long life- her family, her faith, her involvement with the St. Leo’s choir and the St.Mungo Singers, her years of service to the Apostleship of the Sea (with her late husband Leo) and to the St. Vincent de Paul Conference in St. Leo’s, to mention just a few. She was also a member of the Third Order of St. Francis, and a great supporter of St Francis Nursing Home.
The esteem in which she was held was witnessed by the large congregation present for her funeral, including a representative from the Apostleship of the Sea’s head office in London, present and former members of the SVdP, and friends and neighbours. Bishop Peter Moran, former Bishop for the Apostleship of the Sea sent word that he was unable to attend but would offer Mass for the repose of her soul.
Despite increasing ill-health in recent years, Cathy still lived life to the full. She attended the 45th anniversary celebrations of the St Mungo Singers and had to be persuaded to leave just before midnight so that her driver could go home. A few weeks before her death, when Mgr. Gerry visited her with communion, she joined in singing Hail glorious St Patrick with gusto and no need for a hymn book.
The only slight regret for us is that she did not live to enjoy the centenary celebrations of the Apostleship next year but she will be remembered in them.