All Souls Day

 In Pastoral Care - Prayer Min.

But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him (Romans 6:8)

Catholics have a custom of remembering all the faithful departed during the month of November.

The Catholic Church teaches that Purgatory is an expression of God’s love and desire to cleanse our souls of all that might keep us from experiencing the fullness of joy in Heaven. It is a comforting thought that our loved ones are on their way, with the help of God’s unending forgiveness and our prayers, to joining the company of the saints in heaven.

Monday, November 2nd , Holy Spirit Parish will celebrate All Souls Day with a special 7:00pm mass. We will remember by name in the Prayers of the Faithful the loved ones who had their funerals celebrated at Holy Spirit Church between November 2019 and early October 2020. While attendance in person will be limited to the family of those specific loved ones by invitation, all members of the Parish are invited to join the All Souls Day at 7:00pm via Livestream here.

Beginning November 1, we will have several opportunities for you to remember your dear ones with love and prayers. In addition to the November 2nd mass, we will create a special “Saints and Souls” memorial display inside the church near our beautiful statue of Mary. If you would like to provide a framed photo or copy (8×10” or smaller, names and phone number on the back), please bring it to the basket at any in-person mass or mail it to the Parish Office. Photos will remain on display for all of November and may be picked up by special arrangement during the first week of December.

Everyone in the Parish can remember their loved ones by adding their names to the Holy Spirit Parish website “Wall of Souls”. Names submitted online will also be printed and placed at the altar for prayers at each daily mass in November. Click here to add your dear one.

November is also an ideal time to request a “Mass Intention” for your loved one. Use our easy online form to request a memorial mass intention. A modest donation is requested for mass intentions at your discretion. The celebration of Mass is the highest means the Church can provide for charity for the dead, but we can also relieve their sufferings and strengthen our connection with them through our prayers. When we pray for the dead, celebrating their life and death into Christ, we are strengthening our communion with them. This communion is an anticipation of the perfect unity we will have when are all face to face with Father for eternity.

If you have questions, please contact Leah Harris, Pastoral Care, at 997-5110.


Painting by Julie Perrucci ©2020

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