Services & Vigils

Below are the readings from the funeral service followed by other notes about the participants, the vigils and the "angels" who helped Lisa.

First Reading: From Ecclesiastes (3:9-15)

What advantage has the worker from his toil?
I have considered the task which God has appointed for men to be busied about.
He has made everything appropriate to its time, and has put the timeless into their hearts, without men's ever discovering, from beginning to end, the work which God has done.
I recognized that there is nothing better than to be glad and to do well during life.
For every man, moreover, to eat and drink and enjoy the fruit of all his labor is a gift of God.
I recognized that whatever God does will endure forever; there is no adding to it, or taking from it. Thus has God done that he may be revered.

Second Reading: From St. Paul to the Corinthians (2 Corinthians: 4:16-18)

Wherefore we do not lose heart. On the contrary, even though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
For our present light affliction, which is for the moment, prepares for us an eternal weight of glory that is beyond all measure;
While we look not at the things that are seen, but at the things that are not seen. For the things that are seen are temporal, but the things that are not seen are eternal.

About the Services

Each person who was part of the service represented parts of Lisa's beautiful life.

Father Rodgers Fikwamo - we believe that Lisa asked God to send us someone special to shepherd us through Lisa's passing. He represents all that is good about faith. The circumstances that brought him to us and allowed him to perform her funeral mass were not coincidence.

The Pallbearers and what each represents

  • Hector Buenabad (family friend) - all of the goodness and beauty of friendship.
  • Fernando Vazquez (family friend) - all caretakers, the PTA and the volunteer associations that lead to friendship.
  • Giovanni Gigliotti (cousin) - the entire Gigliotti family.
  • Giuseppe Iera "Joe" (brother-in-law) - Lisa's paternal family.
  • Ernesto Puteri (cousin) - Lisa's maternal family.
  • Vince Di Piazza (cousin) - all cousins and our extended family.
  • Umberto Moraca (best man) - family that could not attend and San Mango d'Aquino - Lisa's hometown.
  • Ortenzio Moraca (nephew) - all of our nieces and nephews.
  • Eric Buenabad (family friend) - Lisa's love for all children and her love for her students.
The Readings
  • Margherita Moraca (Lisa's sister-in-law) - represented sisters and sisterhood.
The Presentation of the Gifts
  • Andraca Iera, Natasha Iera and Rosanna Moraca (Lisa's three nieces) - represented nieces and nephews.

Believe in Angels

Lisa was rescued by LBCC Faculty members -- Sharon Raven and Wil Shaw.
It is impossible to put our gratitude into words that can truly express what we feel. Ms. Raven and Mr. Shaw ran into the flames to save Lisa. They didn't know her -- they didn't think of themselves -- they just did what they felt they needed to do. Thank you Sharon and Wil.

Candlelight Vigil 10/08/06
Photo by Rosanna Moraca
Candlelight Vigils - Sunday, October 8 & October 15

Two candlelight vigils were held at St. Joseph Church

Thank you for attending -- your prayers and kindness have helped us more than I can express. Thank you.

For more info regarding the candelight vigils contact Hector Buenabad (562) 413-3299.

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