“It evoked a lot of emotion both positive and perhaps a little a bit sad. It helps us to remember those we have loved who have been called home by God," says Sister Lois Mary Paciello.
Our Lady of Lourdes church is filled with mixed emotions tonight as locals remember and honor their loved ones. Lights of Love honors those who have passed on with a special candlelight ceremony. It is an opportunity for many to grieve about lost loved ones.“Around the holiday times I find that people don't talk about them and we really need to bring our loved ones back into the holiday. I learned when we cry together we can then laugh together," says Christine Abbass.
For Sister Lois Mary Paciello, Lights of Love is a special way to honor her sister.
“I can't honor her enough, I pray to her and she helps me. It's like she's with me in spirit and I know she is she's very close to me, so I can't do enough to honor her,” Sister Paciello says.
For many at Lights of Love, it was filled with spiritual moments. Some even felt connected with those who have passed on.
“I would never want her named called without being here to connect with her spiritually,” says Sister Paciello.
“It gave us an opportunity as well to speak about someone who wasn't on the list, I was able to mention my father's name who had died 28 years ago," Greg McShea says.
The event also gives recognition to veterans who have lost their life serving our nation. Lights of Love is special for the entire community.