November—all Souls Month
REMEMBERING OUR LOVED ONES
“It is a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead that they may be released from their sins” November is the month of the Holy Souls. This is our opportunity to pray for the souls of our departed loved ones.
All morning Masses during the month of November will be offered for our departed loved ones mentioned on our special November envelopes.
During the month of November there will be a special display in front of the altar. Envelopes for Mass offerings are available at the back of the Church and can be placed in the 1st or 2nd collection or handed to the priests.
Thank you for your prayers and kind support.
The month of November (Overview – Calendar) is dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory. The Church commemorates all her faithful children who have departed from this life, but have not yet attained the joys of heaven. St. Paul warns us that we must not be ignorant concerning the dead, nor sorrowful, “even as others who have no hope … For the Lord Himself shall come down from heaven … and the dead who are in Christ shall rise.
The Church has always taught us to pray for those who have gone into eternity. Even in the Old Testament prayers and alms were offered for the souls of the dead by those who thought “well and religiously concerning the resurrection.” It was believed that “they who had fallen asleep with godliness had great grace laid up for them” and that “it is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.” We know that a defiled soul cannot enter into heaven.
Excerpted from Liturgical Meditations, The Sisters of St. Dominic
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God, Lord of mercies, grant to the souls of Your servants and handmaids, the place of refreshment, the bliss of eternal rest and the splendour of Your light.