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All Saints Day

Thursday, November 1 is the Solemnity of All Saints. It is a Holy Day of Obligation.

Masses:
Wednesday, Oct. 31 7:30 pm Vigil Mass
Thursday, Nov. 1 7 am, 8 am, 11:30am and 7:30pm.

From our Pastor:
A Blessed Solemnity of All the Saints! Today we celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints in which we remember the thousands of souls who have been given the gift of eternal life with God in heaven. If sainthood is possible for the thousands who have preceded us, it certainly can be a reality in our lives as well.

The earliest certain observance of a feast in honor of all the saints is found in an early fourth-century commemoration of “all the martyrs.” In the early seventh century, after successive waves of invaders plundered the catacombs, Pope Boniface IV gathered up some 28 wagon-loads of bones and reinterred them beneath the Pantheon, a Roman temple dedicated to all the gods, and rededicated the shrine as a Christian church. Accord- ing to Bede, the pope intended, “that the memory of all the saints might in the future be honored in the place which had formerly been dedicated to the worship not of God but of demons.”

The rededication of the Pantheon, like the earlier commemoration of all the martyrs, occurred in May. Many Eastern Rite Churches still honor all the saints in the spring, either during the Easter season or immediately after Pentecost. How the Western Church came to celebrate this feast in November remains a puzzle to historians. The Anglo-Saxon theologian Alcuin observed the feast on November 1, 800, as did his friend Arno, the Bishop of Salzburg. Rome finally adopted that date in the ninth century. The first canonization occurred in 973; the lengthy process now required to prove the extraordinary sanctity took form in the last 500 years of the church. Today’s feast honors the obscure as well as the famous.

And today we unite our prayers to those of thousands of saints in heaven. Truly it is a Church Triumphant. All souls that reach heaven are saints, who have triumphed over evil and inherited the pledge of eternal life with God in heaven. The saints that we celebrate here on earth in the Church’s calendar are just a small fraction of the saints who are in heaven.

The Church has made a definitive statement on just a small fraction of the saints in heaven that the Church is certain that they have made their way to God. Because of this the Church has given us the Cult of Saints that we honor and venerate here on earth and seek their intercession, but today we honor All Saints in Heaven.

The Solemnity of All Saints reminds us to honor all the saints who have made their way to God. It is truly a triumphant and glorious Church because they are now with God, and are eternally and perfectly happy in God’s presence. As the book of Revelations so wonderfully describes, There was a huge crowd which no one could count from every nation, and race, people and tongue ... Who are these people all dressed in white? These are the ones who have survived the great period of trial; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the lamb.

Indeed these are the Christians who have been made clean in the waters of baptism, have stayed true to their baptismal character and calling, and now reap the rewards of their great fidelity to God.

We are all destined for heaven. We are all destined to be saints. What a glorious future we all have! The important point to remember about being a saint is that sanctity begins in our early life, especially by practicing the many virtues that Jesus preached of in the Sermon on the Mount. The Beatitudes are well chosen by the Church to describe the lives of the saints who have made their way to heaven. We start our sanctity here on earth, and it only comes to completion when we arrive in heaven.

On the Solemnity of All Saints let us never forget the wonderful words of St. John’s Epistle today, We know that when all things come to light (heaven) we shall be like God, for we shall see him as he is.

On this Feast Day let us continue to pray that all three Churches of God: the Militant Church on earth; the Suffering Church in Purgatory; and the Glorious Church in heaven, may all be one day united to the Blessed Trinity. Then truly we will be a glorious and triumphant Church!

God bless you, and a blessed week to all,
Rev. André-Joseph LaCasse, O.P., Pastor

Date(s): 
Nov 1 2011 - 7:00am - 8:30pm
Nov 1 2012 - 7:00am - 8:30pm
Nov 1 2013 - 7:00am - 8:30pm
Nov 1 2014 - 7:00am - 8:30pm
Nov 1 2015 - 7:00am - 8:30pm
Nov 1 2016 - 7:00am - 8:30pm
Nov 1 2017 - 7:00am - 8:30pm
Nov 1 2018 - 7:00am - 8:30pm
Nov 1 2019 - 7:00am - 8:30pm
Event Type: 
Church Event