All Saints & All Souls – 1 & 2 November

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Dear Family of the Holy Cross Parish,

“I believe in the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting”.

We proclaim these words every time we recite the Apostles’ Creed and profess our faith. At the very beginning of the month of November we are reminded of the last realities of human existence. Those realities are: death, the last judgment and the resurrection of the body to live forever either in heaven or in hell!

Our beloved ones, those who have passed away from this life to the next, depend on our prayers if they are in need of purification from their sins. All Souls’ Day is a special day when we visit the cemeteries. We raise our supplications for the souls of our beloved ones. We pray for them on 2 November, during the day of their commemoration, but we should offer our prayers especially during the Holy Mass. Offering Mass intentions for the repose of their souls has a great value. We should remember that one day if we have been united with Christ in His death, we will certainly be united with Him in his resurrection. On All Souls’ Day we can obtain also a special—plenary— indulgence for the sins of the souls in purgatory. The requested conditions are to go to sacramental Confession, to receive the Body of Christ, to visit the cemetery or church and to recite one Our Father and one Hail Mary for the intentions of the Pope.

“Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat eis.” The commemoration of our deceased brothers and sisters must not lead us to sadness! On the first day of November we celebrate the festival of All Saints, both those officially recognised by the Church and those unknown to us, who lived a quiet and faithful life. One day we will be united with all our brothers and sisters and worship with exultation in the presence of the Lord!

Fr. Zacheusz M. Dulniok, ofm

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