Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This Wednesday, November 1st, is the Solemnity of All Saints and a holy day of obligation. We have Mass at Sacred Heart at 10:30 a.m. and at St. John the Baptist at 6:00 p.m. Part of our belief as Catholics, concerns the Communion of Saints. In this belief, we express the fact that all the saints in heaven are in communion with us through Jesus Christ, especially at the Mass. Gathered around the heavenly throne, they make intercession for us. All Saints Day honors all the saints of heaven, not just the canonized saints in our liturgical calendar. This is a day where we remember those holy people in our lives who have witnessed Christ’s love. Particularly on this special day, we call upon their intercession for us and we pray that we might be found worthy to follow them.
November is also a month in the life of the Church in which we emphasize praying for those who have died. We pray for those who have died with Christ and are on their way to heaven but are still in need of purification. Our prayers ask that God’s grace be given to them, so they might be open to the Lord’s purifying love and so quickly enter into the heavenly kingdom prepared for them. Purgatory, a word that we use to describe God’s process of purifying souls who have died, is a loving and generous gift of God. Through this process, a loving and just God purifies our souls so that we might more perfectly experience His love for eternity.
Have a blessed week!
Sacred Heart and St. John the Baptist