It deeply saddens me to inform you of the sudden death of our Deacon Mike Murphy in a tragic accident while on a backpacking trip to Shasta National Forest. Presently we have no other details of the accident or arrangements as the family gathers to deal with this loss.
For me, Mike was the heart and soul of our parish family, a community he has been part of since his childhood. One young neighbor delivered a card to his mom Pat Lautze in which she wrote: “Sorry for the loss of your sun”. That young person captured what Mike meant to so many as he was the beacon of light in his ministry and preaching to our community and so many others.
Please keep his wife Natalie, son Patrick, mother Pat, brothers and extended family in your prayers. Mike was part of so many communities, our Parish community at St. Charles, the Sacred Heart Schools where he has taught, and the community of his fellow Deacons in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
Mike believed in the power and presence of God in his life and the life of our community. Today on the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus we entrust Mike to the heart of God and ask for strength and understanding that comes with our faith.
Details will be made available when they are known.
With love and faith,