Halloween brings out the goblins, ghosts, skeletons and people even put fake tombstones on their lawns. It's no accident these macabre reminders of our mortality mingle with this year's most popular political leader or Hollywood star's image. Before people forgot about its sacred connection, Halloween unabashedly took us to the cemetery to help us bolster our faith in the power of Christ's resurrection, to pray for our beloved dead and to help us look death more squarely in the eye without fear.
All Souls Day commemorates our beloved departed and encourages us to pray for the successful completion of their purgative journey toward sanctification with God. During the entire month of November, our Book of the Dead is placed in the Sanctuary near the Paschal candle. Parishioners are invited to inscribe the names of the deceased for whom they wish to pray, especially those who have died within the last year. During a special memorial mass, family members of those departed whose Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Holy Cross light a votive candle in their memory and receive a hand crafted candle made from the molten wax of last year's Easter Candle.
Our deceased are gone but not forgotten, still connected to us now and forever through the saving power of Christ's passion, death and resurrection.
Pray with us during this liturgical season and enter the name of your deceased loved ones in our Book of the Dead.