Thomas (Tom) Reilly 06 August 1932 - 11 February 2022
At Peace in the Heart of God

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Readings from the Removal Service

A reading from the Prophet Isaiah (Eugene Wilson)

On this mountain, the Lord of hosts will prepare for all peoples a banquet of rich food. On this mountain he will remove the mourning veil covering all peoples, and the shroud enwrapping all nations, he will destroy death for ever. The Lord will wipe away the tears from every cheek; he will take away his peoples shame everywhere on earth, for the Lord has said so. That day, it will be said: See, this is our God in whom we hoped for salvation; The Lord is the one in whom we hoped. We exult and we rejoice that he has saved us.

This is the Word of the Lord.

Psalm (Jacinta Maher)

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want

The Lord is my shepherd; There is nothing I shall want. Fresh and green are the pastures where he gives me repose. Near restful waters he leads me to revive my drooping spirit. R/

He guides me along the right path; he is true to his name. If I should walk in the valley of darkness. no evil would I fear. You are there with your crook and your staff; with these you give me comfort. R/

You have prepared a banquet for me in the sight of my foes. My head you have anointed with oil; my cup is overflowing. R/

A reading from the letter of St Paul to the Romans
(Geraldine O'Neill)

With God on our side who can be against us? Since God did not spare his own Son, but gave him up to benefit us all, we may be certain after such a gift, that he will not refuse anything he can give. Could anyone accuse those that God has chosen? When God acquits, could anyone condemn? Could Christ Jesus? No! He not only died for us – he rose from the dead, and there at God’s right hand he stands and pleads for us.
Nothing therefore can come between us and the love of Christ, even if we are troubled or worried, or being persecuted, or lacking food or clothes, or being threatened or even attacked. These are the trials through which we triumph, by the power of him who loved us. For I am certain of this: neither death nor life, no angel, no prince, nothing that exists, nothing still to come, not any power, or height or depth, not any created thing, can ever come between us and the love of God made visible in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This is the Word of the Lord.


Funeral Mass for Thomas (Tom) Reilly 15 February 2020

Opening Prayer

Almighty God
your son willingly gave himself
up to death so that all people might be saved.
As we remember Tom,
bring him home to the peace and joy of your heart,
where no pain or sorrow can touch him,
and he may live forever in your joy.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

First Reading: Jenni

A reading from the book of Ecclesiastes

There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens.
A time to give birth and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.
A time to kill and a time to heal;
a time to tear down, and a time to build.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them;
a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces,
A time to seek, and a time to lose,
a time to keep, and a time cast away.
A time to rend and a time to sew;
a time to be silent and a time to speak.
A time to love, and a time to hate;
a time of war, and a time of peace.
God has made everything suitable to its time.

This is the Word of the Lord

Second Reading: Kerri

A reading from the first letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians

The Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrong doing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. And now faith, hope and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

This is the Word of the Lord

A reading from the Gospel of Matthew 7:24-26

“So then, anyone who hears these words of mine and obeys them is like a wise person who built their house on rock. The rain poured down, the rivers flooded over, and the wind blew hard against that house. But it did not fall, because it was built on rock.

“But anyone who hears these words of mine and does not obey them is like a foolish person who built their house on sand. The rain poured down, the rivers flooded over, the wind blew hard against that house, and it fell. And what a terrible fall that was!”

This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ



No people are uninteresting…

Nothing in them is not particular…..

And if a man lived in obscurity
Making his friends in that obscurity
Obscurity is not uninteresting.

To each his world is private,
And in that world one excellent minute.

And in that world one tragic minute.
These are private.

In any man who dies, there dies with him
His first snow and kiss and fight.
It goes with him.

By the rule of the game something has gone.
Not people die but worlds die in them….

Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Thomas, our Tom, the worlds within you go with you, but they do not go to nothing. They are brought to fulfilment in the heart of God. The moments of excellence you shared with us are our hope and inspiration, moments of kindness and thoughtfulness, moments of humour and laughter. The bond of love between us is unbroken and will carry us onward to the dawn of that beautiful day when the mist of distance is lifted and the light of God’s love embraces us and unites us once again.

Fr. Martin


Declan: We pray for all who mourn. May their tears be wiped away, and may their mourning be turned into joy.
Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us

Paula: We give thanks for the love which Thomas showed during his life. May he know the perfection and fulfilment of that love in heaven.
Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us

Susie: For those who nursed Thomas in his illness, especially the Staff at Victor Synge Ward, St. James’s Hospital, that all of them will be rewarded for their gentleness and care.
Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.

Poem & Eulogy: Jenni and Kerri

Prayer After Communion

we pray for our brother Tom,
whom you have called from this world.
May your love which brought him to birth,
bring him now, safely home to you.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen


May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm across your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand. Amen

And may we be blest,
now and always,
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen



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