The Church has long had the custom of beginning the month of November with the feast of All Saints. It seems a particularly good way to introduce a time for remembering the faithful departed. Throughout the year we observe many different Saints’ feast days. All Saints provides the opportunity to honor all the un-named or unknown (to us) Saints. Then on Monday, November 2, we observe All Souls’ Day. As we honor the Church Triumphant on All Saints’ Day, we pray for the Church Suffering on All Souls’ Day. In this way the Mystical Body of Christ – the whole Church – is more closely bound together. Mass will be offered on Monday, All Souls’ Day, at 8am, at which we will pray especially for those from our parish who have died this past year. The Scriptures say that it is “a holy and pious thought” to pray for the dead.
(2 Maccabees 12:45) By doing so we assist them in being purified and cleansed in purgatory so as to enter their splendid reward in Heaven. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon them!
With the arrival of November, we naturally shift our attention to the civil holidays and Religious Holydays quickly approaching. As you and your families are preparing things for Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas, so am I and the parish staff making our preparations. Many churches didn’t decorate for Easter because of the shut-down in March, April, and May. Our church was beautifully adorned for Easter, and we will do the same for Advent and Christmas. No matter the circumstances, we will celebrate our Savior’s birth with all the joy it deserves!
May God bless you!