Remember All The Faithful Departed

November 2nd is the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, also known as All Souls Day, a day set aside to pray for all the dead. All Souls Day shifts the Church’s focus on praying for the Faithful Departed throughout November. The need and duty of prayer for the dead has been acknowledged by the Church. It is recommended in the Scriptures of the Old Testament: “It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins” (2 Macc. 12: 46). This duty is expressed in public and private prayers but especially in the offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the repose of souls.

The prayers are particularly directed for the souls who are being purified in Purgatory, waiting for the day when they will join the saints in heaven. The celebration of Mass is the highest means the Church can provide for charity for the dead, but we can also relieve their sufferings through our prayers, sufferings and penances. We can particularly help the Poor Souls by doing acts and prayers that have indulgences attached to them. (Experts from catholicculture.org)

Mass Times & Devotion

All Souls Day Mass on Wednesday, November 2nd is at 8 AM in English and 7 PM in Spanish.

Join us for a Rosary at 6:30 PM for the faithful departed on November 2nd.

All Souls Novena

All Souls Day Novena is nine consecutive days starting November 2 and concludes Wednesday, November 9.

Complete this form to include your deceased loved ones in the novena https://olg.breezechms.com/form/AllSoulsDayNovena or All Souls Day Novena envelopes are available in the back of the church.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the Church Office at 310-372-7077

Book of the DeadThe Book of the Dead is in the center of our parish worship place during the Novena for All Souls Day. Please take a moment and look through the book. This book reminds us all to pray for those who have gone home to the Father before us. November is the month of the faithful departed.

Life, safety, and happiness with Christ are the blessings we beg from God as we pray for the departed. It is “a…hold and wholesome thought to pray for the dead…” (2Mac 12:45). The Letter to the Ephesians affirms that these blessings also come to us, the living.”…”You are the light in the Lord. Live as children of Light” (Eph 5:8). In the Light we find every kind of goodness and truth, this is our prayer for all the faithful departed and for ourselves as well.

 

Prayer

Let perpetual light shine upon them,
with your Saints forever, for you are merciful.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them,
with your Saints forever, for you are merciful.
Amen.