Each year our Church celebrates and remembers all the souls who have entered eternal life. By doing so, the Church continues to remind us that we have a connection to our loved ones who have passed, whether recently or ages ago. Our Church identifies this doctrine as “the communion of saints” found in the final sentence of the Apostle’s Creed: “I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.” On the front cover of the bulletin today, please note the names of all of our parishioners who have entered eternal life in the past year. Please remember them and their families in your prayers as you also lift in prayer your departed loved ones and those who miss them. “Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord and let the perpetual light shine on them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.“ Today we have invited the family and friends of those named to be with us at the 10:30 am Mass, providing reserved seating for them and a reception with refreshments following Mass. As we name each of the deceased, we do so with love and care, honoring each as a unique gift from God whose life touched many and left lasting impressions in their hearts. Mourning is difficult and often lonely for those who are left to live their life without a spouse, mother, father, child, sibling, or friend. As Christians we are called to pray for and draw close to those who are grieving, always respecting their need in regard to conversation or simply a quiet presence. During the month of November, the “Book of Remembrance” will be on a table in the entry of the church. All are invited to add their deceased loved ones to the pages, that we might include them and their families in our prayers. This is a beautiful way to honor them for all they added to our lives. Let us support and pray for one another, especially during the month of November as we ask God to comfort those who mourn and bless their loved ones. The following is from an anonymous writer; I have had it my personal folder for years: “The tears that dampen eyes in the time of mourning are tears of homesickness, tears of longing for our loved ones. But it is we who are away from home, not they. Death has been for them a doorway to an eternal home. And only because this heavenly home is invisible to our worldly eyes, we cannot see them near us. Yet they are with us, lovingly and tenderly waiting for the day when we, too, will enter the doorway of our eternal home. No, death is not a separation. It is a preparation for the eternal union with those we love, in the peace and joy of heaven.” Blessed are they who mourn,
He Would Love First!
October 24, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC