Thursday, October 31
Mass at 5:30 pm
Friday, November 1
Masses at 6:45 and 8:15 am; and 12:10 and 7:00 pm (Bilingual)
The Solemnity of All Saints, is a Christian festival celebrated in honor of all the saints, known and unknown. It is celebrated on November 1 by the Roman Catholic Church. All Saints' Day stems from a belief that there is a powerful spiritual bond between those in heaven, and the living: the Communion of Saints. In Catholic theology, the day commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven.
In the early days the Christians were accustomed to solemnize the anniversary of a martyr's death for Christ at the place of martyrdom. In the 4th century, neighboring dioceses began to interchange feasts, to transfer relics, to divide them, and to join in a common feast; as is shown by the invitation of St. Basil of Caesarea (397) to the bishops of the province of Pontus. In the persecution of Diocletian the number of martyrs became so great that a separate day could not be assigned to each. But the Church, feeling that every martyr should be venerated, appointed a common day for all. The first trace of this we find in Antioch on the Sunday after Pentecost. We also find mention of a common day in a sermon of St. Ephrem the Syrian (373), and in the 74th homily of St. John Chrysostom (407). According to Ephrem, this feast was observed at Edessa on May 13, and John Chrysostom says it was on the Sunday after Pentecost in Constantinople. As early as 411 there is in the Chaldean Calendar a "Commemoratio Confessorum" for the Friday after Easter.
On 13 May 609 or 610, Pope Boniface IV consecrated the Pantheon at Rome to the Blessed Virgin and all the martyrs, ordering an anniversary; the feast of the dedication Sanctae Mariae ad Martyres has been celebrated at Rome ever since. There is evidence that from the 5th to the 7th centuries there existed in certain places and at sporadic intervals a feast date on May 13 to celebrate the holy martyrs.
A November festival of all the saints was already widely celebrated on November 1 in the days of Charlemagne. It was made a day of obligation throughout the Frankish empire in 835, by a decree of Louis the Pious, issued "at the instance of Pope Gregory IV and with the assent of all the bishops",which confirmed its celebration on November 1.