November Month of Remembrance

November is the month of remembrance. Each year we are blessed with a parishioner who calligraphies the names of all parishioners who died in the past year. We also remember loved ones at Mass by having parishioners place the names of their loved ones on an envelope. The envelopes are bound and placed on the altar for remembrance at our Masses.

This year we have placed a beautifully bound book on Mary’s side of the altar. You can inscribe the names of those who have “passed on before us, marked with the sign of faith.” Please bring copies of pictures of those you love. (Please, no originals.) Your loved ones will enhance our worship space as we celebrate their lives.

Throughout the month of November, pictures of saints will be visible throughout the church as a  reminder that we are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses. A  booklet will be available for you to walk around with and look for a particular cause you want to pray for, go to a saint, or learn about a new saint. Expand your list of “go-to” saints, and if you have an extra minute or two, pray to St. Joseph for his guidance for our parish!

Remembrance events include:

    • Remembering our loved ones for the entire month of November from the pictures displayed, inscribed, and from the names written on the All Souls’ envelopes.
    • All Saints Day Masses at Noon and 7:30 pm. (No Adoration or 9:00 am Mass on that day)
    • The Sunday, November 3rd, 10:30 am Mass where we remember those children who have died as a result of miscarriage, stillbirth, abortion, or early infant death. There will be flowers in the narthex prior to all Masses that can be tagged with the name of a child to be remembered.

“… and if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead
has made his home in you,
then he who raised  Christ Jesus from the dead
will give life to our own mortal bodies
through his Spirit living in you.”
Romans 8:11

Prayer for Our Dearly Departed

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace. Amen
May the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God,
rest in peace. Amen