October 15, 2011

May the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace...

In the Catholic Church, the month of November is a time set aside to remember in a special way those who have died.  I am not 100% sure why we pick November but I bet it's because winter is settling in, the trees are bare, life in the natural world is dying, it's getting darker and colder, etc.  November is a reminder, I guess, that we too will die someday and we will need all the prayers we can get.  We believe as Catholics that when we die, our soul enters into Purgatory for a period of time before going to be with God forever in heaven.  Our prayers are that the souls of the dead will soon enter into eternal glory in heaven.

As a school community, we will pray for all of our relatives and friends who have died during the month.  I invite you to submit the names of your beloved dead here and at our Mass on All Saints Day, we will place all the names at the altar.  After that, we will place the names in our chapel where they will be remembered in our daily prayers.  Students will also be given a card to take home and fill out and those names too will be remembered at our Mass and prayers.

May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

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