ALL SOULS DAY
Many of us have suffered at the death of a loved one, over things we wish we would have said, or acts of love we wish we would have done…. If only we had another chance, we wouldn’t miss those opportunities.
We Catholics do have another chance. Our acts of love do not have to stop because of the death of a loved one. Some people do extraordinary things in honour of their deceased loved ones. We can do very powerful things for them as well. We can continue acts of love for our loved ones, and offer them in place of those we didn’t do when they were with us. And when we pray for parents or grandparents or friends, or perhaps souls we never knew in this life, we can be confident that God hears our prayers.
One of the most beautiful things about the Church is that it is the Body of Christ. Whether it’s the Church on Earth, or in Heaven, it is all one Body, and we are all connected. Praying for the Holy Souls is one of the beautiful ways of experiencing that reality. We stay connected in a very real and powerful way to those who have gone before us; we help them with our prayers, Mass offerings and sacrifices; and we prepare to enjoy Heaven with them for all eternity. The Feast of All Souls on November 2nd gives us a wonderful opportunity to participate in this devotion.
The Bereavement Group in our Parish invites all parishioners, especially those who have suffered the loss of a loved one to a Parish Memorial Mass at 7:30 pm. We invite you to join with other bereaved parishioners in procession to the altar with a photograph of your loved one as part of your remembrance and commemoration. The photograph of your loved one(s) will be displayed alongside others during Mass. You may bring along a candle to have it blessed by Father at the end of the Mass which you can then use for personal prayer at home. If you are interested, please provide details on the forms at the Welcome Desk. For further information, please contact the parish office on 9704 7935.