Please Join Us for Our Parish
All Souls Mass
On November 2, at 7 p.m.
The St. Faustina Bereavement and Consolation Ministry cordially invites you to join us for our All Souls Bilingual Mass on Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:00 p.m. During this Mass, we will honor your loved one(s), as well as other members of our parish community who have entered into Eternal Life during this past year.
One of the most important celebrations of the year, the All Souls Mass is celebrated in remembrance of the faithfully departed members of your family and friends, members of our parish family, and all the Holy Souls that cannot pray for themselves. We should never assume a person went immediately to God, and even people who went on to be canonized died wanting Masses and prayers to be said for them. On All Souls Day, we not only remember the dead, but we apply our efforts, through prayer, almsgiving, and the Mass, to their release from Purgatory.
Our St. Faustina Bilingual Mass will feature our traditional Memorial Wreath lighting of candles, the reading of the names of those who have been called home by our Lord during this past year, St. Gertrude’s Prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory which Jesus promised would release 1,000 souls from Purgatory every time it is prayed, as well as the prayer, We Remember Them. Father Ramon will read the Gospel in Spanish and Father John will read it in English.
In last year’s homily, Pope Francis called All Souls Day, “a day of memory that takes us back to our roots. It is also a day of hope. It reminds us of what we can expect: the hope of encountering the love of the Father.”
The Pope’s reflections focused on three themes: memory, hope, and lights that help us along the road of life. “There is a path we need to follow, and we cannot take the wrong path,” he said. “The Beatitudes, which Jesus taught us, show us the right road to take. To be pure in heart, poor in Spirit – these are the lights that help us not to take the wrong road.”
Praying for the dead is a Christian obligation. In the modern world, when many have come to doubt the Church’s teaching on Purgatory, the need for such prayers has only increased. The Church devotes the month of November to prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, and participation in the Mass of All Souls Day is a good way to begin the month.
Please consider joining us as we celebrate All Souls Day, together as one parish family.
PRAYER for the HOLY SOULS in PURGATORY
Prayer For the Holy Souls in Purgatory given to St. Gertrude from Our Lord, Jesus Christ. He said to her that he would release 1000 souls from Purgatory each time it is said. The prayer was extended to living sinners as well.
Eternal Father, I offer you the most precious blood of your Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Masses being offered throughout the world this day, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the Universal Church, for those in my home and in my family. Amen
WE REMEMBER THEM
At the rising and setting of the sun, the chill of winter, the beauty of autumn, the rebirth of spring and in the warmth of summer We remember them.
At the beginning of the year, and when it ends We remember them.
For the good they’ve done, and the wisdom they impacted We remember them.
For the faith and hope they shared, for the stories they told, and the love they poured out We remember them.
When we are weary and in need of strength, lost and sick at heart, and when we are full of joy We remember them.
When we have decisions that are difficult to make and achievements that are based on theirs We remember them.
As long as we live, they too will live for they are now part of us We remember them.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine on them.
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, Rest in Peace. Amen