The Month of November
Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,
Feast of All Saints
On Tuesday, November 1, we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints. Mass is at 9am and 7pm. This is a special day for Catholics. Consider for a moment these words from the book of Hebrews:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloudHebrews 12: 1-2
of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin
that clings to us and persevere in running the race that
lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the
leader and perfecter of faith. For the sake of the joy that
lay before him he endured the cross, despising its
shame, and has taken his seat at the right of the throne
I want to draw your attention to the phrase “a cloud of witnesses.” This refers specifically to those holy people who lived before us, whom we believe are living with God in heaven. One fundamental belief we have as Catholics, is that Jesus came to live among us and bring us back to the Father, not just so we could honor him in our earthly life, but to live, love, and worship God for eternity. This means that, God willing, our earthly life is merely a pilgrimage, a journey to our final place to live with God. In other words, it must be so that those who have lived the Christian life with heroic virtue and love, are with God and the angels. This is why we celebrate All Saints Day. We remember that great cloud of witnesses who have gone before us and show us how to follow Jesus. These same holy men and women, as saints in heaven, can pray and intercede for us daily. Praise God. I hope you and your families will find time to celebrate this great day with us at Mass on Tuesday. ☺
Month of November – To honor and pray for the dead
During the month of November, and especially on All Saints Day and All Souls Day, we honor our family and friends who have died, and we believe are with our God in heaven. In a special way, we honor those who have died from our parish over the past year at the Mass of Remembrance. During November, we devote a space in the church as the place to remember our loved ones. There will be framed pictures of our friends and family. Please continue to pray for those who have lost loved ones this year. This is one way as a community we are nurtured and carried by the compassionate love of others.
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