We are nearly midway through the month of
November which by long tradition is dedicated to
prayer for the faithful departed. Let us not neglect this
act of love and mercy for our loved ones who have
died. By our Masses, prayers, alms, and sacrifices we
hasten their purification and entrance into the eternal
joy of heaven. Upon our altars we have placed the
names you have provided so that we might commend
our departed relatives and friends to the Lord. Our
annual Mass for the deceased of the past year was
celebrated on All Souls Day, November 2. How
pleased I was that so many families responded to our
invitation to gather for this special liturgy. I am so
grateful to so many who minister to the grieving in our
parish. Our priests who celebrate the funeral Masses
and accompany the family to the cemetery; our good
deacons who conduct most of the vigil services at the
funeral homes, Mrs. Joan Bartolomei and volunteers,
who meets with the families of the deceased in
preparing the funeral rites, and our musicians whose
talents lend dignity and beauty to the liturgies.
Many thanks to those who are “keeping their
appointment” with the Lord on our Eucharistic Daysevery
Thursday. This is a great blessing for our parish
community. So that the Holy Eucharist is not left
unattended, please sign up for a designated time.
The timesheet is posted on the bulletin board at the
elevator entrances of both churches.
In our bulletin, please note the important
information about our religious education program
and our deacons’ ministry.