Helen Hull Hitchcock
August 19, 1939 - October 20, 2014
Helen's wake is from 4pm-8pm, Sunday, October 26th
Her funeral mass is at 10am, Monday, October 27th
St. Roch Parish Church
Prayers after Death
from the "Handbook of Prayers", Midwest Theological Forum
(The following prayers may be recited immediately after the person's death and may be repeated in the hours that follow)
Saints of God, come to her aid!
Come to meet her, angels of the Lord!
R. Receive her soul and present her to God, the Most High.
May Christ, who called you, take you to Himself;
May angels lead you to Abraham's side. R.
Give her eternal rest , O Lord,
and may your light shine on her for ever. R.
Let us pray. All powerful and merciful God, we commend to You Helen, Your servant.
In Your mercy and love, blot out the sins she has committed through human weakness.
In this world she has died: let her live with You for ever.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
V. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon her.
V. May she rest in peace.
V. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
This is devastating news. Helen is one of the few people I consider irreplaceable. She was a great mentor to me as well as a good friend.
I remember when I stopped reporting for the National Catholic Register after my editor left and I became too busy as a home health nurse. Helen immediately asked me to write for Voices. When I told her I was too busy with work, single motherhood, etc. and only wanted to do my email lists and some occasional free-lance work, she told me that I needed to write regularly and that I wouldn’t have the discipline to do this unless I wrote for Voices. She was right, as usual. -- Nancy Valko
We’re keeping Helen and Jim and their family in our prayers. She will be missed. -- Colleen Campbell
Helen Hull Hitchcock was a true Daughter of God. I recall a visit to her home, early in my association with Women for Faith and Family, where she showed me a stained glass window in the little room set aside for her prayer. Everything Helen did for the Church began with prayer.
Helen's love for the Church was fierce. It could never be business as usual in the Hitchcock household when the Church was maligned. Helen had a warrior's heart and feared no battle to defend Holy Mother Church.
Helen Hitchcock inspired so many of us. She taught me the value of taking action, no matter how great the odds against victory--because the Victory is in God's hands, not ours. She is irreplaceable.
May God shower the Hitchcock family with consolation. -- Mary Jo Anderson
Helen's death leaves us all terribly bereaved. God will reward her for the great and good work that she has done, for her faith, her example, her courage and the warm charity she showed to all. Helen had patience and great good humor, and was a wonderful companion. She spoke on controversial issues - the role of women in the Church, the debates on abortion and the sanctity of human life - with conviction and with knowledge, always teaching the full Catholic message and never with anger or with ill-will to those whose understanding was less than hers or who opposed the Church.
I remember with gratitude the wonderful hospitality given to me by the Hitchcocks’ when I was in St Louis, the house full of books and music, wonderful meals around the family table, and conversation so interesting and so exciting that it was extremely hard to finish the evening and accept the necessity of going to bed...a family united in faith and in affection, with a welcome that was a joy for every guest.
Helen leaves us with a vision of Christian women's authentic role in the Church and in society: forward-looking, active, joyful in adherence to the Catholic Faith and the consistent and unchanging teachings of the Church, and keen to evangelize.
So many of us with be remembering Helen before God today, giving thanks for all that she taught us, and accompanying her with our prayers as she goes to meet the Father.... Joanna Bogle
This hasn't sunk in to me yet. I can hardly believe it's possible. What a hole in my life --- in our lives. May she be welcomed and made glorious in Heaven, may she be blessed forever. In Jesus' Name.... Julianne Wiley
Helen Hull Hitchcock was one of the most remarkable persons that I have ever known. I have valued her friendship and leadership for more than 30 years. She was an amazing witness to the faith and a true evangelizer.
Her many gifts and talents, her great intelligence, her leadership and her insights into the nature of the crises, ( especially the feminist crisis) facing the Church and the culture provided a light in the darkness for so many. She loved truth, goodness and beauty and knew that the foundation of all these essentials was found in the Church founded by Jesus Christ.
Of her life, she could truly say, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." (2 Tm 4:7)
Love and blessings,
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