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Hundreds Mourn Loss of John and Maria Granat

The Sacred Heart Catholic Church was standing-room only as friends and family remembered the Palos Township couple who were killed in their home Sept. 11.

was standing-room only Saturday as nearly a thousand friends and family members mourned the loss of John and Maria Granat.

The Palos Township couple were killed Sept. 11 in their home, and their son John has been . But on Saturday, the tearful crowd came together to try and fill the emptiness they felt.

Many people cried throughout the Mass, which was celebrated almost entirely in Polish. The Rev. Grzegorz Wojcik was the celebrant, and Sacred Heart Pastor Patrick Tucker also spoke briefly following the homily.

"I couldn't help thinking as their bodies are there together, they entered eternity together," Tucker said. "Perhaps it speaks to us that would have been what they liked: to remain together."

Interment followed the Mass at Resurrection Cemetery in Justice.

lucyna September 18, 2011 at 12:03 AM
My family didn't know them personally but we still went and payed respects. It was a very sad moment to even think what has happened to them, no one deserves that. They seemed like very nice, beautiful people with a lot of love and wanted to help out others. God bless Jon and Maria!
Louise Moore September 18, 2011 at 01:19 AM
Lord, give this family strength to face their days ahead. Who can understand this kind of act by an only son? I have and had tears reading all the news about this unthinkable story. What is happening to our society? This was a church going family which makes it even harder to fanthom. Why? Why?
Louise Moore September 18, 2011 at 01:20 AM
*phanthom*
Malgorzata Pietruszka September 18, 2011 at 03:58 AM
Do not stand at my grave and weep; I am not there. I do not sleep.I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn's rain. When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft star that shine at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry; I am not there. I did not die.
Gosia Oprzedek September 18, 2011 at 02:36 PM
This was an unthinkable tragedy. My deepest heartfelt condolences go out to the Granat family. These two amazing and hard working people did not die in vain. I believe that with every death comes a message which should awake and motivate the populous to understanding the incredible evil dynamic which is shaping our society. Should we not begin to ponder as to why there is such a high spike in senseless murders across the world? Our media and people are not asking the right questions.. why have our children and teens become so desencitized ? If we do not begin to stand up to this evil (ie: deadly computer games, cursing evil music lyrics, television which is the complete void of education or empowerment, rather just an outlet to further manipulate and mind control the audience.) This has gone too far and the good moral people have sat around afraid to speak out against all this turmoil in fear of being seen as a lone outcast. WE MUST TAKE THE BLINDERS OFF OUR EYES!! Everywhere one turns there is an underlying abolishment of anything or anyone associated with positive attributes. There is something intrinsically wrong with this generation (and it is embedded at a young age) children are bullied if they are smart, kind and helpfull. We are to blame, as a society we should encourage acts of love and compassion~ whereas we are exemplifying fighting, gossiping and hatred to our fellow neighbors. We are allowing the media and schools to enlighten our youth. BIG MISTAKE!

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