All Saints Day, also known as All Hallows' Day, or Hallowmas, is a Christian celebration in honor of all the saints from Christian history. In Western Christianity, it is observed on November 1st by the Roman Catholic Church, the Methodist Church, the Lutheran Church, and other Protestant denominations. The Eastern Orthodox Church and associated Eastern Catholic churches observe All Saints Day on the first Sunday following Pentecost.
The Christian festival of All Saints Day comes from a conviction that there is a spiritual connection between those in Heaven and on Earth. In Catholic tradition, the holiday honors all those who have passed on to the Kingdom of Heaven. It is a national holiday in numerous historically Catholic countries. In Methodist tradition, All Saints Day relates to giving God earnest gratitude for the lives and deaths of his saints, remembering those who were well-known and not. Additionally, individuals throughout Christian history are celebrated, such as Peter the Apostle and Charles Wesley, as well as people who have personally guided one to faith in Jesus, such as one's relative or friend.
In honor and in remembrance to those who have died this past year, pictures will be in the sanctuary area for the month of November. A Candle for each person will be lit at each Mass this weekend and the family of the deceased can take that candle anytime next week, leaving the picture throughout the month.
As we pray for these deceased parishioners, we also remember many of them during our Masses throughout the year. I always thought it odd to hear that growing up, but over the years have found great comfort in knowing our deceased loved ones are being prayed for not only through the Celebration of Mass, but also by the priest throughout that day. Although 2020 has been filled up for Mass intentions, don’t forget to schedule Masses for 2021. What a beautiful blessing to assist our faithfully departed to heaven!
May each of you have a blessed week, and know you and your loved ones remain in my prayers.