The Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed, traditionally known as the Feast of All Souls, is Monday, November 2. It is NOT A HOLYDAY! It is however a time to remember and pray for deceased loved ones. We will have our regular weekday Masses: 6:30 a.m. at Saint Ann and 7:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart.
Please remember to call or email the names and hospitals of parishioners who are admitted as inpatients. Telling me at the door of church won’t work. The information must come on my voice mail or email.
The infant pre-baptism class for first time parents or those who have not done the pre-baptism program with an earlier child, takes place on Monday, November 9 at 8:00 p.m. in the basement of Sacred Heart Church.
Split the Pot at St. Ann
St. Ann is sponsoring again this year the sale of tickets for Fr. Tharp’s New Year’s Eve Split the Pot. If you like to wager, please consider helping our sister parish in the pastoral region fill the budget gap.
Reflection on Scripture
The Feast of All Saints began first with various towns revering their own martyrs. After Constantine, the practice was to accumulate the names and place all their names on one common list or “canon” in Rome. Pope Boniface IV began the practice of including all the unknown saints and Pope Gregory III moved the feast to November 1.
It would be inappropriate however to think of the Feast of All Saints as a “catch all;” as an etcetera to all the names on the list. Think of it as an acknowledgement of all those friends of Christ whose exploits and sufferings are lost to history but known only to God. We also honor all those saints who helped us on our journey of faith, Finally, we anticipate being numbered in all those saints as it becomes our time to enter the Lord’s Kingdom.
Celebrating our hero’s on November 1 and praying for our beloved dead on November 2 allows us to recognize the communion of saints; the Church triumphant in Heaven. The Church militant here on earth, and the Church suffering and awaiting purification. It is good to remember. It is good to pray for our beloved dead. It is good to anticipate seeing them again in Paradise.
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