One couple, who experienced the late Father Jim Pemberton’s joyful spirit and thoughtful sermons, said it best. In a condolence message left for his family they wrote: “The fact he went to be with our Lord on Holy Saturday tells us he was ready to be with Him to celebrate the Resurrection.”
“You were chosen to serve, not to be served,” Bishop Michael Olson emphasized to Nghia Nguyen in prayer, scripture and his homily during his ordination to the transitional diaconate on March 7 at Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Church in Arlington. “Christ is our deacon, teaching his disciples and washing their feet. Carry on this ministry of paramount importance.”
Father James Weldon Pemberton, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, died Saturday, April 4 in Fort Worth, at the age of 81, after a lengthy illness. Fr. Pemberton will lie in state at Thompson’s Harveson & Cole, 702 Eighth Ave., Fort Worth, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 7. A Vigil will be held for Fr. Pemberton at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 2100 N. Davis Dr., Arlington at 7 p.m. April 7. Fr. Pemberton’s Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 8 at Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Arlington, Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery on Fort Worth’s near North Side.