Today November 1st we celebrate All Saints Day, a feast which acknowledges the Sainthood and Sanctity of our deceased relations and friends. There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament today from 2 – 5 p.m. Tomorrow Monday we celebrate All Souls Day, a day of prayer asking the Lord to bestow eternal life on all the faithful departed. There will be two Masses: 9.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m.
The Month of November is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Souls and so we will have Mass each day in the Parish Church with the Dead List placed in front of the Altar.
On Friday November 6th at 7.30 p.m. we will celebrate our Annual Mass for those who died during the year. This is always a significant event and a Mass which gives much comfort to those families who lost a loved one during the year. Unfortunately because of Covid-19 the Mass will be celebrated via the webcam and therefore available on the Parish Website. I have sent a letter to all the families who lost a loved one during the year to join us via the webcam. I appreciate that its not the same as actually being in the church but we are all trying to make the best of a difficult situation.
The Parish Team has put a lot of preparation into the Mass. The names of those who died during the year will be called out and a candle lit in honour of each one. The names of those who died during the year will be placed before the Altar and later moved to a special prayer space in the Church dedicated to prayer for our departed loved ones for the month of November. The lists of the dead will be placed in a box there.
This is a very difficult time for families who have lost a loved one during the year and we pray that Friday’s Mass may bring them comfort and consolation.