Saint Francis de Sales Church, the City of Beckley and Raleigh County lost a giant on Good Friday morning when God called Deacon Don Wise home to that place Jesus has prepared for those who love Him.
A beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Deacon Don spent countless hours fulfilling the challenge of Jesus to “Love one another as I have loved you!”
Visitation will be in our church on Monday, April 22, beginning at 5:00 pm. At 8pm there will be a Christian Wake Service, followed by the Rosary.
The funeral liturgy will be on Tuesday morning at 11am. May Deacon Don be welcomed into Heaven with these words of Jesus: “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
Death is Only a Horizon
We give them back to you, O Lord
who first gave them to us;
and as you did not lose them in the giving,
so we do not lose them in the return.
Not as the world gives do you give,
O Lover of souls.
For what is yours is ours also,
if we belong to you.
Life is unending because love is undying,
and the boundaries of this life are but a horizon,
and a horizon is but the limit of our vision.
Lift us up, strong Son of God,
that we may see further.
Strengthen our faith that we may see beyond the horizon.
And while you prepare a place for us,
as you have promised,
prepare us also for that happy place;
that where you are we may be also,
with those we have loved, forever.
Bede Jarrett O.P.