Today, November 2, the Church celebrates the Feast of All Souls. The month of November is marked as the month of Holy Souls. In this month we take pause to remember those who have died. We pray for those whom we have loved in life on earth. We pray for those who have loved us. We also remember those who have no one to remember them.
Pope Benedict reflected beautifully on this a couple of years ago:
“…the Church invites us to commemorate all the faithful departed, to turn our eyes to the many faces who have gone before us and who have ended their earthly journey…during these days we go to the cemetery to pray for the loved ones who have left us, as it were paying a visit to show them, once more, our love, to feel them still close, remembering also, and article of the creed: in the communion of saints there is a close bond between us who are still walking here upon the earth and those many brothers and sisters who have already entered eternity.
“Human beings have always cared for their dead and sought to give them a sort of second life through attention, care and affection, In a way, we want to preserve their experience of life; and paradoxically by looking at their graves, before which countless memories return, we discover how they lived, what they loved, what they feared, what they hoped for and what they hated, They are almost a mirror of their world.”
Saturday 2 November
2.30pm Prayer at Horsley Downs cemetery
3.30pm Prayer at Culverden cemetery
4.30pm Prayer at Hanmer cemetery
5.00pm Mass at Hanmer Springs
7.00pm Mass at Culverden
Sunday 3 November
8.45am Prayer at Brackenridge cemetery
10.45am Prayer at Cheviot cemetery