All Saints Day – November 1
October 31 Vigil: 5:00pm
November 1: 6:30am; 9:00am; 10:00am - SMS; 1:15p - PHS; 5:00pm & 7:30pm - Bilingual Mass
All Souls Day – November 2
November 2: 6:30am; 9:00am; 7:30pm – Bilingual Mass
This week, we celebrate two of the great holy days of the Church – the Solemnity of All Saints and the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day). On the Solemnity of All Saints, the Church gives thanks to God for every saint now in heaven who has finished their earthly journey, and asks for their intercession for us who are still on our earthly journey. This Solemnity is a Holy Day of Obligation, so we will have the Vigil Mass the evening of October 31 and our two regular Masses in the morning and two additional in the evening of November 1. On All Souls Day, the Church remembers every one of the faithful who has finished their earthy journey but are not yet in heaven. It is part of our certain faith that our prayers do help these souls in their final purification. That is why we offer Masses for the dead. All Souls Day and the days following are also wonderful ways to apply the merits of Jesus’ passion, death and resurrection and the merits of the saints to these souls through indulgences.
A plenary indulgence, applicable only to the souls in purgatory, is granted each and every day from November 1 to November 8, who devoutly visit a cemetery and there pray, if only mentally, for the departed.
A plenary indulgence is also granted the faithful who, on All Souls’ Day, devoutly visits a church or an oratory and recites an Our Father and the Creed.
In addition to the above, to obtain the indulgence one must do the work above while in a state of grace, receive Sacramental confession within 20 days of the work (several plenary indulgences may be earned per reception), receive Eucharistic communion the same day (one plenary indulgence may be earned per reception), pray for the pope’s intentions (Our Father and Hail Mary, or other appropriate prayer, is sufficient), and have no attachment to sin (even venial) – i.e., it is sufficient that the Christian makes an act of the will to love God and despise sin.
May these two great holy days draw us into a deeper communion with our brothers and sisters in heaven and all the deceased still on the way.