Dear Parishioners,

Last Thursday, we celebrated the feast of All Souls. On this day, we remember our beloved dead and pray for them. Praying for the dead is one of the Spiritual Works of Mercy. Our faith teaches us that when we die there is an eternal after life. For those who said yes to God’s love and lived faithfully in His ways it is heaven.  For those who rejected God’s love and lived in opposition to the ways of the Lord it is hell. We also believe in Purgatory, a place of purification for those who died not cleansed of their sinfulness.

I use the example of coming to the dinner table. As a child, coming in from play, our parents would tell us to wash before we came to the table to eat. Some of us, before we come to the banquet table of heaven, will need to be cleansed of sin. I picture going to the sink to wash but only a drop of water coming out of the faucet. We can wash but it will take a bit of time. Suddenly a stronger flow of water comes from the faucet. This is because someone had a Mass celebrated for my soul or someone said a rosary or someone offered their suffering for me. This is why the Church asks us to pray for the dead. We pray for our beloved dead at every Mass.

Winter is around the corner. We are in need of a new snow plowing service to clean our parking lot. If you are interested, please give me a call. It would be good to get a parishioner to service the parish community.

I will be available for confession this week on Thursday, November 9, from 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.

God love you,