Prayers for the Barrett Family Please


barrettPlease join me in praying for contributor Mary Ellen Barrett and her entire family following the tragic drowning death of her son Ryan.  Mary Ellen has written with such courage and inspiration about her tremendous relationship with Ryan – she has inspired and uplifted many families around the world.  At a time like this, it’s very difficult to find the words to express what is in our hearts – please join me in praying for the repose of Ryan’s soul and for this very special family.

Visit Mary Ellen’s blog – Tales from the Bonny Blue House


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.


  1. Alicia Raplee on

    My sincere condolances to your family. I sometimes have had the great pleasure of sitting behind you at mass and can honestly say your family is a delight. I will miss seeing Ryan at mass. I was so impressed by the way he would sing and say the prayers and just be so enthusiastic about participating in the mass. He loves God as much as God loves him. I will pray for all of you everyday. God bless you!

  2. Having lost a child at birth I know the pain of releasing a child back to God. As I am new to Catholic Mom I am not familiar with Mary Ellen’s family but will pray and continue to for her family.
    God heal them.
    May we all lift them up, tenderly, to His loving embrace.
    Hugs and Prayers and the total belief in
    Endless Hope in Our Lord…

  3. Jeanie Mertens on

    Dear Mary Ellen and Family,
    I am lifting you in prayer that God in His infinite mercy will hold you, comfort you and bring you peace. To lose a child is the hardest loss of all. May God uphold you and comfort you. I am holding you all in my heart.

  4. I am deeply sorry for your loss. May the Lord bless you and your family. I am new to this website and your loss touched my heart as it was the first thing I saw here.

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