Faith in Action Blog

Faith in Action Blog

Rosie Grimm ('10)

Rosary: Friday, September 27, at 7:00 p.m. in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel

Funeral Mass: Saturday, September 28, 10:00 a.m. in Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel

Graveside service: Immediately following the Funeral Mass, Santa Paula Cemetery, located off Santa Paula Street at 380 Cemetery Road

Reception: The Grimm’s home in Ojai at 10882 Creek Road

If planning to attend the reception,
please consider bringing a finger food or dessert.


September
19, 2013

Rosie Grimm ('10)

Thomas Aquinas College chaplain Rev. Hildebrand Garceau, O.Praem. (’78), reports that a beloved alumna, Rosie Grimm (’10), passed into eternity earlier this evening after a protracted battle with cancer. She died surrounded by her family, who had just completed praying the Rosary. It was the most peaceful and beautiful death, Fr. Hildebrand says, that he has ever seen.

Rosie’s brother Jack (’15) has sent out the following reflection to friends and family:

My sweet sister Rosie died at about 6:20 tonight, after praying the Rosary with the family. She has been the most wonderful example of courage and faith that I have ever known or seen, as well as being a deeply encouraging and loving friend.

“Where shall we find a better daughter, or a kinder sister, or a truer friend?”

I look forward to seeing her again. May she rest in peace.

Please pray for the repose of Rosie’s soul and the consolation of her family.

Bl. Miguel Pro, pray for us!

 


Rosie Grimm ('10)

Below is the latest update on Rosie Grimm (’10), from her sister Wendy Irene (‘99):

Thank you so much, everyone, for your prayers and to those who helped look for a relic of Bl. Miguel Pro. Deo gratias, a first-class relic has turned up — within driving distance! — which will arrive in a few hours. Our dear Jesuit friend will come to bless Rosie with it tonight. While Rosie’s physical condition continues to seriously deteriorate, we have already felt blessings flowing from Fr. Pro’s intercession and your prayers to him!

We want to invite you to join with us in praying a novena to Bl. Miguel Pro. We’re praying the following prayers, the first of which is by Fr. Pro. I asked Rosie what to request for her; she said, ask for a cure and for the same things Fr. Pro prayed for.

Bl. Miguel ProPrayer of Bl. Miguel Pro
Does our life become from day to day more painful, more oppressive, more replete with afflictions? Blessed be He a thousand times who desires it so. If life be harder, love makes it also stronger, and only this love, grounded on suffering, can carry the Cross of my Lord Jesus Christ. Love without egotism, without relying on self, but enkindling in the depth of the heart an ardent thirst to love and suffer for all those around us: a thirst that neither misfortune nor contempt can extinguish ... I believe, O Lord; but strengthen my faith ... Heart of Jesus, I love Thee; but increase my love. Heart of Jesus, I trust in Thee; but give greater vigor to my confidence. Heart of Jesus, I give my heart to Thee; but so enclose it in Thee that it may never be separated from Thee. Heart of Jesus, I am all Thine; but take care of my promise so that I may be able to put it in practice even unto the complete sacrifice of my life. Amen.

Blessed martyr of Christ the King, Father Miguel Agustin Pro, you are a special patron of those who labor, those in illness, depression, or despair. You are also a friend of musicians, the captives, and all who work toward social justice. Your beloved brothers, the Jesuits, revere you and count you among the ranks of their saints. You love your people of Mexico and all those loyal to the Church. I thank the Sacred Heart for loving you so dearly. I pray to Our Lady of Guadalupe whom you love so dear, to intercede for the cause of your canonization. I pray that you remember me in your eternal and well-deserved rejoicing, and also my needs: a cure for Rosie, if that’s God’s will, and that she receive all the graces of Fr. Pro’s prayer. Through your courageous life and martyrdom you have won the crown of life everlasting. Remember me, Blessed Miguel, for I remember you. Viva Cristo Rey! Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!

IMPRIMATUR:

Most Reverend John F. Donoghue
Archbishop of Atlanta
December 21, 2004


Rosie Grimm ('10)From her mother, Rose (Teichert ’76):

“Two weeks have passed since we received that awful prognosis, and to our great joy Rosie has been able to attend Mass with us, in her wheelchair, both yesterday and today. We do not believe that anything underlying has changed. But whether due to steroids and chemo or prayers (probably all three!), her most painful symptoms have subsided. She has increasing weakness, mostly on her left side but somewhat also on her right ... nevertheless, she is able to transfer to her wheelchair and to have some real fun with her visitors. The last two weeks have actually had a great deal of joy in them, both for Rosie and for us.

“So we continue to thank you all for your prayers and other help — we have received so much kindness — beautiful meals, lovely cards, lovely visits. Rosie and all of us are praying for your intentions.”

Thanks be to God! And please keep praying …

 

 


Rosie Grimm ('10)The latest news from her sister Wendy-Irene Grimm (’99):

We have hard news about Rosie. After going to the hospital, Rosie had several MRIs, which indicate that the tumor has grown aggressively throughout her body in the last few months. As I understand it, it is up and down her spine, and I believe in other places as well. Because of this the doctor thinks it highly unlikely that chemotherapy will be effective, and Rosie (and all of us) should prepare ourselves for the worst. The first doctor has estimated that Rosie may die in as little as two weeks.

Since we heard the news all my siblings have been returning home, and I hope we will soon all be together. Rosie will hopefully be coming home today and a nurse will be caring for her in our house rather than a hospital. She’s also continuing some treatment in the hope that things may be more positive than they seem. Rosie has been incredibly strong these last two years, and even now, when she is in almost constant pain, she’s still thinking about others. Please offer up your prayers for her that whatever the outcome she will not suffer and be able to remain as comfortable as possible in the next few weeks. My brother Bill and sister-in-law Margaret are expecting their baby (Rosie’s godson) at the end of the month, and I know Rosie deeply wants to see him. Thank you all so much for your prayers and please continue with them! I have no doubt that a huge source of Rosie’s strength has arisen from the constant prayer of so many friends and family members. God Bless You.

Friends across the country prayed a Chaplet of Divine Mercy for Rosie on Sunday at 3 p.m., the Hour of Mercy. Her family asks that we continue to pray this devotion, particularly during the 3 p.m. hour:

Our Lord told St. Faustina that “At the hour of their death, I defend as My own glory every soul that will say this chaplet; or when others say it for a dying person, the indulgence is the same” (Diary, 811).

Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless, and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor grow despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to your holy will, which is love and mercy itself. Amen.

Our Father
Hail Mary
Apostles’ Creed

On the big beads of a Rosary:

Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and for those of the whole world.

On the small beads:
For the sake of His sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

At the end:
Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.


Rosie Grimm ('10)The latest news from Rosie Grimm (’10): “My cancer is growing, and I can tell it’s interfering with the use of my left arm,” she writes. As a result, she has had to leave her clinical trial, and is starting a new chemotherapy treatment. She was also hospitalized today due to severe pain, and she has insurance issues that need to be resolved. “Please pray about that and for me to have the energy to do the things I should do. At the moment I’m pretty wiped out.”

Her sister Wendy-Irene Zepeda (’99) writes:

“We’ll be praying specially for her in the Rosary Novena [from the Feast of the Assumption to the Feast of the Holy Rosary on October 7]. If you can join in, even with just a decade or an Our Father and Hail Mary, that would great. (And we’ll be praying with you for your intentions, as well. Many, many thanks for your prayers. I don’t know what we’d do without them.”

Please join us in prayer!


Rosie Grimm ('10)From Rosie’s mother, Rose Grimm (’76):

“We have just had some less than good news — Rosie’s latest scans show that the tumors in her lungs have grown slightly (although not spread anywhere else). She is not experiencing any symptoms from this, but it means that she may not be able to stay on her present clinical trial. She will be still in the trial for the next six weeks, and if there is no change for the better, we will move on to some other form of treatment.

“Could you please be praying for some good and speedy change for the better? This clinical trial has previously had some very good effects for Rosie.

Thanks so much.
Rose

Meanwhile, one of Rosie’s sisters, Wendy-Irene Zepeda (’99) has requested that friends say the following prayer to Our Lady of Lovely Surprises for Rosie:

Dear Mother Mary, God gave you the loveliest of surprises, Himself coming as man for our salvation; and through you He gave this surprise to the world. At Cana, you showed us how you love to imitate God by giving us lovely surprises through your intercession. Mother, we long for lovely surprises, especially in this matter...; please send us those which please you. Give us every helpful sweetness to draw us to Your Son. Amen.

Please keep praying. Thank you!


In December, the family of Loraine (Ivers ‘81) Hoonhout invited friends to join them in praying to Servant of God Frank Duff (founder of the Legion of Mary) for healing in Mrs. Hoonhount’s struggle with cancer. By God’s grace, those many prayers have borne good fruit! Mrs. Hoonhout writes:

“Great news. My UCLA hematologist/oncologist said that my cancer is stable, and the blood work looks good. I’m tolerating the oral chemo regimen and monthly shots regimen well. This comes after extensive testing and reversing his Feb/March 2013 prognosis of possibly a year or two. Also, I was able to dodge back surgery in December due to robotic exterior radiation.

“Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Your letters, calls, prayers, Masses, sacrifices, gifts, and outpouring of tremendous love has made this journey so much more easy. Your gift of love has drawn me closer to the Tremendous Lover, Healer, and our ultimate source of all happiness, beauty, goodness, truth and peace.”

With grateful affection,
Loraine

Thanks be to God!

 


Eric Stoutz (’93)

The College has received the following urgent prayer request from Monica (Chavez ’92) Stoutz:

Eric (’93), my husband, has just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. I won’t go into details, but the cancer is advanced.… Eric and I both want God to bring great good out of our situation. Visiting the sick, feeding the hungry, caring for widows and orphans, these things are a blessing to all in the Body of Christ.

We ask that you continue to pray for our eight children, as they learn to carry this burden. Thank you for giving them as much normalcy as possible. We have not asked for the intercession of a particular saint for a miracle. We have always had a devotion to St Joseph, but have not felt prompted by the Holy Spirit toward any holy man or woman. Should God grant us a miracle, we would accept it with gratitude and wonder and awe.

We have much to be thankful for. We know grace is supporting us now. God is so good.

Please join us in praying for Eric’s health and peace of mind, for Monica’s strength, and for the well-being of their dear children.


Prayer to Saint Joseph for Fathers
by Bl. John XXIII

Saint Joseph, guardian of Jesus and chaste husband of Mary, you passed your life in loving fulfillment of duty. You supported the holy family of Nazareth with the work of your hands. Kindly protect those who trustingly come to you. You know their aspirations, their hardships, their hopes. They look to you because they know you will understand and protect them. You too knew trial, labor and weariness. But amid the worries of material life, your soul was full of deep peace and sang out in true joy through intimacy with God's Son entrusted to you and with Mary, his tender Mother. Assure those you protect that they do not labor alone. Teach them to find Jesus near them and to watch over Him faithfully as you have done. Amen.

 


Rosie Grimm (’10)Encouraging news from Wendy-Irene (Grimm ‘99) Zepeda about her sister Rosie Grimm (’10):

Rosie got out of surgery about 8 p.m. The doctor was extremely pleased; they were able to remove a great deal of the tumor. When I talked with my mom, she hadn't seen Rosie yet. Thank you so, so much for all your prayers (and please don't stop as she recovers from this all-day operation). Praised be our dear Lord for His mercy (including His mercy in surrounding us with the power of your prayers!)

Please keep praying!