We pray for saints and souls in November

As the Church calendar begins to draw to a close, November provides us a chance to pray for saints and souls.  Wednesday, Nov 1, 2017 is the Solemnity of All Saints, often called All Saint Days.  It is a holy day of obligation to attend Mass.  According to New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia, “It [All Saints] is instituted to honor all the saints, known and unknown, and, according to Urban IV, to supply any deficiencies in the faithful’s celebration of saints’ feasts during the year.”  The modern-day feast was added to the Church’s calendar by Pope Gregory IV in the 9th century.

Thursday, Nov 2, 2017 is the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day).  The day is set aside to acknowledge human frailty.  As AmericanCatholic.org notes, “since few people achieve perfection in this life but, rather, go to the grave still scarred with traces of sinfulness, some period of purification seems necessary before a soul comes face-to-face with God. The Council of Trent affirmed this purgatory state and insisted that the prayers of the living can speed the process of purification.”

The schedule for All Saints and All Souls at St. Thomas More is as follows:

All Saints Day Mass Schedule – Holy Day of Obligation
Tuesday, Oct 31st – 5pm (Vigil)
Wednesday, Nov 1st –7am, 8:15am, 11:15am and 7pm

All Souls Day – Prayer Service for the Faithful Departed 
(especially those that we have lost this past year)
Thursday, Nov 2 – 7pm