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May 19, 2009

Pray for Michael Pennock

Our dear friend and colleague Michael Pennock is gravely ill, suffering from stomach cancer. We ask that you and your students remember Mike in your prayers. In his 30 plus years of teaching high school theology, mostly at St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Mike taught over 12,000 students. He continues to remember and cherish them all.

Prayer to Mary for the Sick

Mary, health of the sick,
Be at the bedside of all of the world's sick people, especially Michael Francis Pennock;
of those who are unconscious and dying;
of those who have begun their agony;
of those who have been abandoned
and hope for a cure;
of those who weep and cry out in pain;
of those who cannot receive care
because they have no money;
of those who ought to be resting
but are forced by poverty to work;
of those who seek vainly in their beds
for a less painful position;
of those who pass long night sleepless;
of those who are tormented 
by the cares of a family in distress;
of those who must renounce
their most cherished plans for the future;
of those, above all,
who do not believe in a better life;
of those who rebel and curse God;
of those who do not know that Christ
suffered like them and for them.


1 Mary

May 31, 2009
I was very touched by discovering this tribute to Michael and this request for prayers---the Mary prayer is beautiful.<br /><br />I am praying it for Michael.<br /><br />Sincerely,<br />Mary Pierce Brosmer

2 Anonymous

June 9, 2009
I am sorry I did not know of this earlier. We will pray today. I am assuming, he is still with us onthis earth, and hope we will hear when his time of birth into eternity occurs. He is an inspiration

3 Anonymous

June 13, 2009
God has certainly taken note of Michael&#39;s commitment to learn and live according to God&#39;s Good News. Michael, thank you for being a holy example to those of us who have committed our lives to teaching the Gospel, especially to teenagers. Be assured of prayers.

4 Rich Theus '10

June 28, 2009
Our dear colleague, friend, and brother, Mike Pennock &#39;64, passed away peacefully on June 24 after a two month battle with colon cancer. While Mike&#39;s last few days were a struggle, he was able to meet the Lord with joy.<br /><br /><br /><br />The funeral plans have not yet been finalized; but the visitation and Mass of Christian Burial will take place in Cleveland.<br /> <br />Please keep Carol and the Pennock children and grandchildren in your prayers.<br />Included below is the text of an e-mail sent by Mike and Carol&#39;s daughter, Amy. <br /> <br />With hope in the Resurrection,<br />The Saint Ignatius High School Community<br /><br />Here is Amy&#39;s text:<br /><br />&quot;My dad passed away just before 10 p.m. last night. Ever mindful of his family&#39;s needs, and ever the planner, my dad timed his passing perfectly, with God&#39;s help. He waited for his sister to get here, to offer support to my mother. He made sure that my sister&#39;s children and mine were sleeping. He made sure it didn&#39;t happen at 2 in the morning so that my mother would wake to an unpleasant sight, and he ensured I would not deal with remembering my father&#39;s death every year on Danielle&#39;s birthday (she&#39;s one today!). <br /><br />&quot;My aunt described his final moments so beautifully. He had nausea just before and an emptying of his NG tube. My mom left the room to go empty the bucket which she hadn&#39;t done in 24 hours. (I think he would have wanted that business finished so she wouldn&#39;t have to worry about it later). He took a breath. My mom walked in the room. He opened his eyes (they&#39;d been closed since the previous night). He reached his hand up as if waving to someone. He SMILED a HUGE SMILE. He closed his eyes. My mom moved his hand down. He never took another breath. What a PEACEFUL ending to a decidedly not peaceful illness. He died with the dignity he was not afforded the past exactly 13 weeks. <br /><br />&quot;Thank you all for your prayers and support. We are grieving to be certain. My sister and I heard the phone ring at 5 after 10 and our stomach&#39;s sank with the caller ID. We sobbed. And we sobbed some more when we got over to my mom&#39;s 15 minutes later. But my dad looked so peaceful. He was all tucked in bed, with his hand resting near his face. He looked like a child almost. <br /><br />&quot;We sat around crying, praying, reminiscing. It was really a beautiful bittersweet moment. My mom...she&#39;s hanging in there. There 40 year anniversary is August 1. It&#39;s going to be a tough road.&quot;

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