Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day)

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Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:00PM, we commemorate all of our faithful departed family and friends. We observe this day because we believe that the souls which are not perfectly cleansed from venial sins or who have not fully atoned for their past transgressions are waiting in Purgatory. I invite all to attend this solemn day of commemoration. Thus, we not only remember our love ones; we also help them gain Heaven. Just think, if we assist them into Heaven, their gratitude will be an eternal one and they, in turn, will assist us to gain and share the Beatific Vision. This is truly an exchange of loving gifts to each other. On this day, at ICC, there will be remembrance candles for those who have died since last November 2, 2015. This year, our parish community has had 84 departed parishioners. Their names have been written in our Book of Remembrance, which will be placed in the Sanctuary of both churches for the entire month of November. We hope that all who have died have obtained eternal happiness in Heaven. But for those who are in Purgatory preparing to enter Heaven, we must assist them. As a parish community and family, we need each other’s prayers and support. At Mass, the Universal Prayer always has an intention for those who have died. In conclusion, here is a prayer that may be recited for our departed loved ones: “Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.”

Why Jewish Scripture Readings at Sunday Mass?

The first scriptural reading for Sunday Mass leaves lots of folks befuddled at least and frightened at worst! What is all this talk about God “bringing doom, gloom and destruction on Israel and/or her neighbors?” What did they mean for the Jewish listeners millennia ago? How are we today to understand these passages from the Old Testament? Why are they an integral part of understanding the New Testament and especially the four Gospels? Come and explore the backstories of the Old Testament readings that we will hear during Advent and beyond! Bring a friend. Our Parish Youth Group will be available for child care during this time for a slight donation for Work Camp. Hope to see you there on Sunday, Nov. 20th and Sunday, Dec. 11th at 1:15pm in the chapel.