Friday, the 30th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 8:30pm when school is in session
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - All our Holy Dead
Readings for today’s Mass
But, for those of us who have lost someone close to us, the pain and grief we feel goes much deeper and usually lasts longer. For those of us of faith how wonderful, comforting, and hopeful it is that we believe death is not the end of the story. Our readings today, the Commemoration of All Souls, provide us with comfort when remembering those we have lost, and hope for us as we strive for heaven.
I have personally lost many dear ones; my best friend in high school, grandparents, a well-loved professor from college, and most notably and recently my dad. My dad passed away almost 5 years ago when my youngest child was just a baby, she has no memory of him except for what we have told her and pictures we have shown her. Sometimes out of the blue she will say, “Mama, I miss grandpa Bob Bob.” In those moments my heart will clench and I will reply, “Me too.” When we pray at night we ask God to bless our friends and family and sometimes she will say, “And poor Grandpa Bob Bob.” I know she is young but I feel there is no time like the present to begin explaining to her the joys of heaven. I tell her that Grandpa Bob Bob isn’t “poor” because he gets to go to heaven. In words I think she will understand, I tell her that heaven is like celebrating your birthday every day. It is we, left here on Earth, who are “poor” because this important person in our lives is no longer with us. BUT someday we will get to be in heaven too.
So today and always remember those people in our lives who are no longer with us. Seek comfort and hope that they will get to enjoy the glories of Heaven. Pray for them that their time in Purgatory maybe short and know that they can pray for us too as we continue live lives here on Earth with our eyes fixed on our Heavenly Home.