Last weekend we celebrated the Anointing of the sick with 32 of our fellow parishioners at our Masses. If you have a family member or neighbor who is homebound and would like to be anointed, receive Holy Communion, and/or celebrate Reconciliation do not hesitate to inform me. I would be more than happy to make a home visitation.
The feast days of All Saints Day, November 1 (a holy day of obligation) and All Souls Day, November 2 are just around the corner. I would remind you of an age old tradition in the Church that I would encourage you to exercise which is having Masses offered on behalf of your beloved deceased family members and friends.
The process is quite simple. Contact Karen, our parish secretary, or myself and give us the names of those you wish to have a Mass(es) offered and a preferred date/time, if you have one. There is a suggested offering of $5 per Mass (but any offering is acceptable). The intention/time/date is always published in the bulletin the week of the Mass celebration. Praying for the dead is one of the Spiritual Works of Mercy for us; the Mass is the central focus of prayer within our Catholic tradition. A reminder that it is always a thoughtful and spiritual gift to have a Mass celebrated for someone you know who loses a loved one. Masses are also offered for other circumstances as well: in Thanksgiving, for a birthday, an anniversary, etc. Envelopes are available at the doors of the church for your convenience.
Finally, it is also fitting to visit the graves of your beloved deceased on or around All Souls Day. It is an especially good time to bring children to a gravesite and tell them stories of your beloved deceased and the gratitude you have for having had them in your life. Help them to see that sadness and loss can give way to thanksgiving and joy for the gift they were to you in this life.
May Christ the King reign in our lives.