“still close” (All Souls)

Nov 2, 2013

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.
It is traditional to take time in November to visit the graves of our loved ones. In our parish of Good Shepherd Hurunui we will do this later today and tomorrow. The timetable for these visits is below.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.”

Pope Benedict XVI. All Souls Day 2011

This is also a good opportunity to teach children about our Christian confidence in death as the transition to the fulness of life. Children learn most easily with experience. To take your children to the graves of friends and family, and to teach them about the cemetery as a place of Christian hope, is a certain way to overcome Halloween fears about the cemetery as a spooky place

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
8.00am Amberley
8.45am Prayer at Brackenridge cemetery
10.00am Cheviot
10.45am Prayer at Cheviot cemetery

Full details at www.catholichurunui.co.nzSAM_0338

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