Commemoration of the Faithful Departed
Saturday, November 2
Annual Remembrance Mass: 9:00 am (bilingual)
Please note there is no 8:15 am Mass this morning.
The Church prays for, and remembers, the faithful departed throughout the entire year. However, All Souls, November 2, is the general, solemn, day of commemoration, when the Church remembers, prays for, and offers masses for the faithful departed. Christians have been praying for their departed brothers and sisters since the earliest days of Christianity. Early liturgies and inscriptions on catacomb walls attest to the ancientness of prayers for the dead, even if the Church needed more time to develop a substantial theology behind the practice. Praying for the dead is actually borrowed from Judaism, as indicated in 2 Maccabees 12:41-42. In the New Testament, St Paul prays for mercy for his departed friend Onesiphorus (2 Timothy 1:18). Early Christian writers Tertullian and St. Cyprian testify to the regular practice of praying for the souls of the departed. This demonstrates that Christians believed that their prayers could somehow have a positive effect on the souls of departed believers.
It is the tradition of St. Paul Parish to gather for a special Mass of Remembrance in memory of our faithful departed, particularly those who have died in the past year. All are welcome.