“Dare to be glowing saints, in whose eyes and hearts the love of Christ beams and who thus bring light to the world.” - Pope Benedict XVI when addressing a crowd of youth in Germany this past September.
The Solemnity of All Saints (All Saints’ Day), is a Holy Day of Obligation and is celebrated every year on November 1. This feast day was instituted with the fundamental belief that there is a prayerful spiritual communion between those who have died (and are in a state of grace) and the living. Attending Mass is a requirement on Holy Days of Obligation*. We look forward to celebrating Mass with you and enjoying a special family event on this holy feast day.
Parish Family Event On Tuesday, November 1 we invite families to honor all the saints in Heaven, with a special celebration in Weitzel Hall from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m., followed by 7 p.m. Mass. Families may enjoy a simple dinner together while children are encouraged to portray their favorite saints by dressing in costume - no need to be elaborate. In place of a costume, children may also choose to present information about their saints in another, creative way (e.g. holding a sign with interesting facts about the saint). This is a great way to learn a little more about the holy people who have gone before us!
RSVP by signing up on the board in the narthex and please bring a canned good to the event as a donation for the Caring Center.
Mass times for All Saints' Day Monday, October 31 at 5:30 p.m. (vigil) Tuesday, November 1 at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
"The very notion of saints has been caricatured and distorted, as if to be holy meant to be remote from the world, naive and joyless,” said Pope Benedict XVI as he spoke to a young crowd in Germany this past September reminding people that there is, "no saint, apart from the Blessed Virgin Mary, who has not also known sin, who has never fallen.”
*All Saints’ Day is a Holy Day of Obligation; however, in the United States, if the feast falls on a Saturday or Monday, the obligation is fulfilled when Catholics attend Mass on the adjacent Sunday. Celebrating Mass on Sundays or on the Saturday Vigil is always an obligation.