Fr. Raymond Jacques Masse passed away peacefully at St. Joseph Hospice in Sarnia on Monday, April 5, 2021. Fr. Ray was born on October 24, 1957. Predeceased by his parents Arthur (2019), Ewilde (2004) and his brother Roger (2004). Survived by his brother Rene (Judy) and sister-in-law Linda.
Fr. Ray was ordained for the Diocese of London, Ontario on May 3, 1986 by Bishop John M. Sherlock. He served as an associate in the parishes of: St. Simon and St. Jude, Belle River (1986-1988); St. Joseph Parish, Stratford (1988-1989); Sacred Heart Parish, Ingersoll (1989-1993); and as pastor in the parishes of: St. Joachim, (1993-1995); St. William, Emeryville (1995-2001); St. John de Brebeuf and Companions, Kingsville (2001-2007), as Hospital Chaplain at Windsor Regional Hospital (2007-2010) and associate at the parishes of: Corpus Christi, Windsor (2010-2012); St. Clement Parish, McGregor (2012-2018) and Sacred Heart/St. Michael, Sarnia/Bright’s Grove (2019-present).
Thank you to all who visited and prayed for Fr. Ray in his illness.
As of Thursday April 8, 2021 the Province of Ontario is in a lockdown state and per the provincial regulations, the church is able to have 15% capacity in the building. Because of this, visitation for Fr. Ray will continue as planned. Visitation for Fr. Ray will be at St. Michael’s Church, 1920 Wildwood Dr., Bright’s Grove on Thursday from 3-8 p.m. Please note – for anyone wishing to attend the visitation-SIGN UP IS MANDATORY*** and masks or face coverings are MANDATORY. Please click on this link to sign up for visitation: https://signup.com/go/ptmBkGD. Due to the restrictions of Covid19, a private Mass of Christian Burial, by invitation only, will be celebrated by His Excellency, The Most Reverend Ronald Peter Fabbro, C.S.B. at St. Michael’s Church. To view the funeral mass for Fr. Ray please click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjvlOK60KG0
Private interment St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Tilbury.
Flowers are gratefully declined but as an expression of sympathy friends may send memorial donations via: a food basket bouquet for the St. Vincent de Paul, 228 Davis St, Sarnia, N7T 1B3, a donation to St. Peter’s Seminary, 1040 Waterloo St, London, N6A 3Y1 to support vocations to the priesthood, or a donation to St. Joseph’s Hospice, 475 N. Christina St., Sarnia, N7T 5W3 would be happily accepted.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the McKENZIE & BLUNDY FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE, 431 N. Christina St., Sarnia (519)3443131. Messages of condolence and memories may be left at www.mckenzieblundy.com