Sunday is a day for the nation to remember and honour those who have sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom. The 10.00am Mass is a Mass for the Dead.
Saturday’s Social Event:
thanks to the organisers, helpers, artists and all the supporters who turned out in the afternoon.
Mass for Your loved ones (Holy Souls):
thanks for attending and taking part in the Mass and the celebration afterwards – last Thursday. It meant a lot to a lot of people.
November is the month of the Holy Souls
We remember those who have died and “gone before us marked with the sign of faith.” Masses and other prayers are offered for our loved ones who have died, for those holy souls in purgatory and those who have not yet reached heaven. The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines purgatory as a “purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven,” which is experienced by those “who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified” (#1030). It notes, “this final purification of the elect . . . is entirely different from the punishment of the damned” (#1031). Sanctification involves suffering (Rom. 5:3–5), and purgatory is the final stage of sanctification that some of us need to undergo before we enter heaven. In many catholic countries it is customary to visit cemeteries and create altars to remember the dead. The Holy Souls are our family and friends who have died; in our needs we might pray to or ask for their intercession.