19 October 2014 + Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Solemnity of All Saints… Our patronal feast day is coming soon! This year, because the Solemnity of All Saints falls on a Saturday, is not a holy day of obligation. Therefore, there will be no Mass of anticipation on Friday evening, nor on Saturday morning. The two Saturday Masses on Saturday evening will be the Mass for the celebration of All Saints. Last year we had a fish boil to celebrate our patronal feast which was liked very much. The gentleman who catered the fish boil was not available this year, and since we just completed our Harvest Festival and the Holy Family PCCW is having their Christmas Bazaar on November 9th, we decided not to have a dinner on Saturday, November 1st.
All Souls Day… The commemoration of our beloved dead on All Souls Day will be celebrated on the three Sunday Masses of November 2nd. Once again you have the opportunity to enroll your loved ones in the Novena of Masses for the Holy Souls. All of those enrolled in this Novena are included in the Mass for the Holy Souls offered once a month for the next year. The names are written in the special enrollment book, and that book is placed near the altar when that Mass is offered. There are special All Souls Day Remembrance envelopes at the main entrance of each church. Please take an envelope to enroll your loved ones. Each envelope lists up to six intentions. The normal offering for the novena is $10.00 per intention. You may certainly take more than one envelope if you want more than six intentions.
November Devotions… Remembering our beloved dead in prayer is not just something we do in church. A simple devotion at home is to include the following prayer to your meal prayers, individually and as a family: Eternal rest grant to our loved ones, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Diocesan Annual Appeal… Our report from the diocese for the annual appeal shows us approaching, but not surpassing our goal. We need to bring our appeal to a close by the end of October. Thanks so much to all of you who have already pledged and/or contributed. I understand that several of you did not get the mailing from the diocese. Linda used to take care of this, and so we are “behind the eight-ball” getting our list up-to-date. For those who did not receive a pledge form, there are blank forms at the end of the pews. Please take a form and complete it. Place the form and any gift you are including in a sealed envelope and drop it into the Sunday collection. We will forward it on, but this will allow us to update our list before we do so.
Blessings and best wishes!