All Soul's Day
Dear Parishioner and Friend of the Sunday Mass,
In my Divine Office Book, I have a holy card from April 3, 1961. It is the memorial card of my very first best friend, Carl, who died at age 6 after being hit by a car on the street where I lived. Carl’s memorial card purposefully marks the place of the morning and evening Gospel Canticles which I pray each day as part of the Divine Office, thus there is not a day goes by that I do not remember my friend and the gift he was and is in my life!
Remembering is a very important part of our journey through life. We remember moments in life, experiences, places, and perhaps most importantly people. Each year, on November 2nd, All Soul’s Day, we remember all our deceased loved ones in a special way. We call to mind those important people in our lives who have passed from this life to eternal life. As the writer of the Book of Wisdom puts it, those souls of the just who are in the hands of God and at peace. At least that is how I like to remember Carl each day.
Here at The Sunday Mass we remember the deceased loved ones of our parishioners in our intentions each Sunday when we celebrate the Eucharist. The memorial of Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection is the perfect celebration in which to call to mind the communion of saints in which our loved ones now participate. The lives of those who have gone before us continue to inspire us and call us beyond ourselves to a higher place. Let us honor their lives by joining our prayers with theirs.
All throughout November here at The Sunday Mass we will remember our parishioners’ deceased loved one, especially on all the Sundays when we gather to celebrate the Eucharist. We know how important it is to bring the circle of love that we share with those who have gone before us into our Sunday celebration. As we pray for them, we know that they also pray for us.
We invite you to send us the names of those you wish us to remember and pray for on All Soul’s Day and throughout the Sundays of November. Please write their names on the lines below and mail them back to us. We will put them in the basket next to the altar during The Sunday Mass. The names will be a visible sign of the people we hold so dear to our hearts.
Thank you for your continued participation in and support of The Sunday Mass. God bless your generosity and commitment! Please accept the enclosed Prayer Card as a token of our thanks and appreciation.
Peace in Christ’s Passion,
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P.
Executive Producer and Host of The Sunday Mass
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