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HAVE A HAPPY, HOLY HALLOWEEN
In 835 AD, Pope Gregory IV moved the celebration for all the martyrs (later All Saints Day) from May 13 to November 1. The night before (October 31) became known as All Hallows’ Even, or “holy evening.” Eventually the name was shortened in Scotland to “Halloween.” On November 2, the Church marks All Souls Day, sometimes celebrated as the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) in memory of deceased loved ones.
The purpose of these feasts is to remember all those who have died, including those holy people who are called Saints by the Church. Through the communion of saints, we are not limited by time and space, but stay connected to all of God’s family from throughout the ages. Along with eating candy and dressing in costumes, Halloween and the days that follow are a great time to select a patron saint and say a prayer to your patron, share memories of a family member who has died, and donate to children and families in need.
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ALL SOULS DAY IS NOVEMBER 2
This Friday, November 2 will be the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, also known as All Souls Day. Please gather the names of those deceased friends and relatives whom you would like to enroll in the Parish Remembrance Society, which is prayed for at Mass several times a month. Simply write the names on the back of your All Souls envelope and return it in the collection.