All Souls Day is Nov. 2nd. We will be having a special Mass and lighting of candles for our deceased parishioners from this past year. Invitations were sent out to their contact people. Anyone is invited to come to the Mass and light a candle for any deceased loved one after all of the names are called of those who died this past year.
All Souls’ Day was first instituted at the monastery in Cluny in 993 CE and quickly spread throughout the Christian world. People held festivals for the dead long before Christianity. It was Saint Odilo, the abbot of Cluny in France, who in the 10th century, proposed that the day after All Saints’ Day be set aside to honor the departed, particularly those whose souls were still in purgatory. Today the souls of the faithful departed are commemorated. Although All Souls’ Day is observed informally by some Protestants, it is primarily a Roman Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox holy day.
There are All Souls Day envelopes on the tables in the back of the Church. Kindly return them with your donation in a timely fashion. They will be put on the altar for the whole month of November in remembrance of your deceased loved ones.
Let us pray for those who have left us and entered the gates of Heaven.