It boggles my mind that he has been gone from us for a year. I still listen for him and I often set his place at the dinner table. He's gone and so is a big part of Dave and I, we ask for your prayers for ourselves and the children in these coming days. Facing this day is a little like losing him all over again.
Ryan Christopher Matthew Barrett
May 11, 1995 – August 14, 2009
Loving and beloved son and brother.
We miss you.
Many, many prayers for you and the family, Mary Ellen.
Mary Ellen, we pray for your family and think about Ryan every day.
Margaret in Minnesota says
I am most definitely praying, Mary Ellen. You are in my heart around the clock.
Love to you all,
My family and I will be holding you all in our thoughts, hearts and prayers. May God bless you, Mary Ellen.
Love, from one mother to another,
Heather Giambalvo says
Ryan is a beloved and loving friend, as well. I know that he intercedes for us from heaven. I wish I could give you all big hugs right now!!! Lots of prayers being sent your way…
Jennifer Brewer says
Thinking of you and yours at this difficult time, Mary Ellen.
Prayers of comfort for you and your whole family. It is exactly like going through it all over again. As a mother still clinging at the Foot of the Cross, know that my prayers are with you this week. May Ryan always be remembered and mentioned often. He has just begun his mission in Heaven and is there praying for you each and every second. God Love you Mary Ellen, Love Emily
Jennifer I. says
I remember you and your family in my prayers each day. I will especially be offering my work and Masses this weekend for you.
God bless you.
Many prayers for you and your family.
Mary Ellen, you and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers this whole year and especially this week.
Praying for all of you, Mary Ellen.
You are always in my thoughts and prayers, Mary Ellen. We love you!
Teresa Hansen says
love and prayers!
Kris Chatfield says
I do not know you, or your family, nor did I have the privilege of knowing Ryan. In fact, I started following your blog in the days after he passed away. I was so touched by your faith, and the love that you clearly had in your family and friends, that I have continued to “lurk” on your blog for a year. My thoughts and prayers will definitely be with you and your family this weekend. Thank you so much for sharing your life and faith with so many strangers.
You are in my prayers…Peace, joy and comfort be yours. God bless his precious memory…
Kate Wicker @ Momopoly says
Special prayers today for you and your family…
Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Keeping you in our prayers and remembering Ryan.
Mary Alice Phillips says
So many prayers and so much love.
Feisty Irish Wench says
praying you and your family find peace again in your lives
Haus Frau says
Our prayers are with you.
Cheryl M says
Many prayers for you, Dave, and your children this week, Mary Ellen, and hugs.
Praying for you during this painful time, Mary Ellen.
Praying for you and your beautiful family, Mary Ellen. Much love!
Praying for you and your family.
I have been praying for all of you, Mary Ellen, and I will continue…
You and your family are most definitely in my prayers, as is Ryan.
Praying for you and your family.
Mary Pat says
Dear Mary Ellen and family:
Like one of the previous posters, I only came to “know” your loving family through the internet last August. I have always enjoyed reading your columns in TLIC.
My thoughts and prayers are with you always. I also ask Regina and Cecilia to watch over Ryan in heaven. These are two moms who passed away from cancer, leaving their autistic sons Matthew and Timothy. Matt is my 22 yr old nephew and Tim is 21 and sings in the choir.
I know that our Holy Mother Mary is holding Ryan in her tender embrace. I will offer my Rosary and Mass this weekend for the Barrett family.
The 3rd anniversary of Ben’s death was the 11th of this month. My heart and prayers are with you and your family. I have had you on my mind this week.
cheryl kirkpatrick says
Sweet little Ryan pray for us and your beautiful family! I will be thinking of your family today.
Karen Edmisten says
Many prayers and much love, Mary Ellen.
Tina Dennelly says
Thinking of you and your family all this weekend and still praying, praying, praying for all of you. God bless you.
Ryan has a special place in our hearts. What a wonderful boy. My boys and I think of him especially when looking over our Year for Priests Faith Folder. His story is deeply embedded in our hearts, and we think of your family often. May God Bless you, and fill you with the peace of knowing we believe in the communion of Saints, especially at those times when you find it the hardest.
Please know you are in our prayers. God bless Ryan and all of you – how he must be lighting up heaven’s choirs!
Donna Marie says
Sending lots of love and prayers, Mary Ellen!
May God bless all of you!
Keeping you and your beautiful family in prayer this week.
anna and clan says
hi mary ellen!!!!!
my first time here. i’ve read about you from mater et magristra. ryan seemed so perfect to me. he is the same age as my oldest(nathen and dommonic) boys.
my prayers are falling for you.
my kids keep saying let’s pray for ryan.
my husband and i pray for all catholic homeschooler every night.we haven;t missed a day for almost 10 years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
my prayers for you.
when my brother(chris)died the preist said”our children are supossed to bury us but sometimes things happen and we do but life goes on”.
kayla yanke says
i read all your in mater et magristra and loved them all!!!!!!!
my prayers for you,ryan,hubby,erin,twins,kevin,baby,and others i don;t know.
omg how could you still blog after he died??????????????????
i could never do it.
We will continue to pray for Ryan and your family. God Bless you all.
Reading about Ryan gave me the gumption to homeschool my own autistic son this year when he started kinder. I think about Ryan often.
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