- It is very sad that I need to write to all of you today. I wish there
was a better, more personal way to reach all of you who were touched in some
way by a beautiful lady and special friend, Wendy Marks. Many of you know
her from St. Luke's Mission of Mercy where she has been a missionary for the
past 5 years. Many will know her as one of the Voices of Mercy, who brought
us so much joy and reverence through their music ministry at retreats,
convention and in individual parishes. All will remember her as a beautiful,
caring, loving, wonderful friend.
Wendy was called to the Lord on Tuesday while enroute to Rome to see the
Holy Father. A number of the faithful were making the pilgrimage and were on
a plane headed for NYC. They were gathered round praying for a safe and
fruitful journey when Wendy sat back in her seat mentioned to those gathered
that she could see Angels and then left us.
This lady was special, always had a rosary going, and a wonderful
thought for all of God's children. Driven by the Holy Spirit, it is truly
appropriate the Lord needed her closer to home to celebrate Pentecost. We
grieve her passing, but take heart in the fact there must be a heck of a job
that needs doing somewhere if the Lord saw
fit to reassign Wendy as He did. She will be sorely missed. Please remember
this beautiful woman and her family left behind in your prayers.
I know this news will hit some of you very hard (it certainly has me),
and I apologize for telling you using email, but she touched so many lives
that it is hard to know who to call and I didn't want anyone to be left out.
Please help me to get the word out. If you need to talk, your youth
advisors, Priests, the people at St. Luke's, and I are here for you here, and
Jesus and Wendy are but a prayer away. Please let us help.
I don't know any of the arrangements yet, but may know shortly and will
pass it on here ASAP. For any teens attending the funeral it would be really
nice if each of you could bring a symbol of friendship -- a single yellow
rose. Wendy was given one just before she boarded the plane. We are also
planning to sing "Friends" by Michael W. Smith (words attached). Anyone
wanting to join us, may. Practice TBA.
I know you teens were near and dear to Wendy's heart and I am sure that
nothing has changed. My prayers are with you all as you face this.
Sue (Mommy) Kretz