All Souls Day is a holy day set aside for honoring the dead. The Catholic Church dedicates the entire month of November to the Holy Souls in Purgatory. This season begins with the Hallowtide Triduum, which consists of All Hallows’ Eve, All Saints’ Day, and All Souls’ Day. During the entire month, we pray for the souls of those who have died, especially those whom we have known and loved. Remembering them, praying for them, and giving thanks for them pleases God, who makes use of our prayers to help purify these souls in Purgatory that He loves.
The Roman Catholic celebration is associated with the doctrine that the souls of the faithful, who at death have not been cleansed from temporal punishment, due to light sins and from attachment to mortal sins, cannot immediately enter heaven. Therefore, they must be purified of “lesser faults,” and the temporal effects of sin.
The Catholic Church calls this purification “purgatory”. The universal Christian teaching on Purgatory essentially requires belief in two realities: 1) that there will be a purification of believers prior to entering heaven. 2) that the prayers and Masses of the faithful in some way benefit those in this state of purification. We, as Catholics, believe that these souls may be helped by our prayers and by the sacrifice of the Mass.
During the month of November we have a long-standing tradition of accepting Masses by All Souls Envelopes:
- Each envelope is a request for one Mass. Please take these from the entrance of the church or make your own envelope that is clearly marked for “All Souls”.
- Write the names of your deceased on the front and, along with your donation, put it in the Sunday collection basket (during the month of November), or bring it to our parish office OR send it to us by mail.
- Each of these envelopes will be used as one Mass intention, celebrated by Fr. Tomas or myself, or perhaps another priest. PLEASE NOTE: we will not be able to let you know the date on which your Mass will be observed.
I encourage you to continue this beautiful practice that will help in setting our hearts and minds in the strong belief of Christ’s resurrection. This is our spiritual gift, not only for our deceased, but also for all the forgotten souls. May they rest in peace!
Please remember that we can assist all the departed by way of ALMSGIVING, INDULGENCES, AND WORKS OF PENANCE on their behalf.
Fr. Chris Pastuszka, SDS,
MASS INTENTIONS (Requested by) Nov 2 to 8, 2020
Mon 8:15 am ++Carmela and Salvatore Laurita (Family)
Tues. 8:15 am ++Violeta and Linda (Family)
++Herbert and Deceased Members of the Chakeredza Family
Wed. 8:15 am ++Deceased Members of Nicoletti Family (Giuseppina G.)
+Gregorio de Leon (Chit and Ria)
Thurs 8:15 am +Gianfranco Nicoletti (Marisa Demare)
Fri. 8:15 am ++Deceased Members of Guttadauro Family (Giuseppina G.)
Sat. 9:00 am +Augustino Velenosi (Wife)
Sat 5:00 pm +Catalino Migrino (Family)
+Renato Delfino (Family)
+Jesus Ferrer Junior (Family)
++Dina and Lino Natola (Giuseppina G.)
+Vittorina Turrin (Family)
++Mr. and Mrs. Yong (Alice and Family)
+Pablo Hidalgo (Diva and John)
Spl. Int. David (Franca)
Sun. 8:00 am Parishioners
Sun. 10:00am ++Deceased Members of Corrado and Pantusa Families (Family)
++Holy Souls in Purgatory (Parishioner)
+Renato Cruz (Family)
++Antonio and Lucia Lemme (Carmela and Family)
+Cirilo Caro (Natividad Caro)
Sun. 12:00 Noon +Rozalia Hrynkevych (Friend)
++Rev. Fr. Vincent D’Souza and Brian Pereira
(Joseph and Edna Iorio)
Spl. Int. Joy MacFarland (Daphne)
Spl. Int. May and Michelle Yao (Juliet)
Sun. 5:00 pm +Rosalia Molnar (Parishioner)
+Gianna Angelini (Alba)
Spl. Int. Frank Molnar and Family (Parishioner)
Spl. Int. Julie Tio and Joseph Suhairy (Lanny and Danny)
Spl. Int. Michelle and Mary (Parishioner)