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November begins this week, and it’s always a really exciting time of year on the Church calendar.

 

Wednesday November 1st is All Saints’ Day.  This is a special feast day when we honor all the saints who have gone before us.  One of the many great things about being Catholic is the special relationships we have with the saints.  I hope that each of us has at least a few saints with whom we feel a special connection.  The saints give us so many great examples of how to be a faithful Christian in any walk of life.  They give us hope that holiness is possible even for ordinary, sinful people like us.  All Saints’ Day is a holy day of obligation, so please make plans to attend Mass either at 7:00am, 8:30am or 7:00pm.

 

Thursday November 2nd is All Souls’ Day.  On this special feast, we pray for the souls of all those who have died, especially in the past year.  It is a somber feast, but also a hopeful one.  Our hope comes from our belief in eternal life and our conviction that, as it says in the Book of Wisdom, “the souls of the just are in the hands of the Lord, and no torment shall touch them”.  Praying for the dead not only gives us comfort when we’re grieving, it first and foremost assists those who have died as they enter eternal life.  Our annual Mass of Remembrance will be held on Thursday November 2nd at 7:00pm here in the church.  We especially invite all of those who have lost a loved one to attend, but everyone is welcome.  If you haven’t been, it’s a beautiful liturgy.

 

I hope you’re able to celebrate these beautiful liturgies with us this week!