What a great week this is on the Church calendar!
All Saints' Day is Thursday, Nov. 1–a wonderful holy day of obligation that calls us to honor all the saints who now stand face to face with God in heaven, perfected in holiness and having a share in His very own divine nature. (Included here are all the saints in heaven, who are countless, not just the ones formally recognized by the Church through canonization). On this day we honor the saints, thank them for their help, ask for their continued assistance, and take them as our models for the Christian life. See you at Mass!
All Souls' Day is Friday, Nov. 2–that important day when we remember the faithful departed, especially those who are still being purged of the effects of their sins (that is, through the process we call purgatory) so that they can be perfected, fit to enter the joy of heaven. We pray for these "Holy Souls," as they are called, and offer Masses and other sacrifices for them to help them on their way to heaven. (For more about that, see an article I wrote for THE CATHOLIC ANSWER, a magazine I used to edit, here: http://paulthigpen.com/theology/whyprayforthedead.html.
One great way to prepare for these holy days–and to honor the saints and pray for the faithful departed–is to take part in our extended season of Eucharistic Adoration this week, during the 48 hours leading up to the two feast days. You can sign up for an hour or more (so we can make sure that every hour is filled with Adoration) or you can simply stop by St. Sebastian's Chapel while the Blessed Sacrament is exposed there on the altar, beginning tonight at 7 p.m. and continuing until the beginning of the All Saints' Day Vigil Mass on Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. You can sign up online at http://www.stbrendansatl.com/adoration-signup/.
Please note that we will provide some flyers with prayers especially for this season, if you'd like to make use of them. You'll find them on the table in the narthex.
Time change: Dr. Tony Palmer's seminar, Have Your Cake and Eat It Too, has its next session this Thursday, Nov. 1. The session usually begins at 7:30 p.m., but In order to avoid conflict with the 7 p.m. All Saints' Day Mass that evening, the session will be delayed to begin at 8:00 p.m. instead.
Don't forget the Prayer Vigil for our Nation at St. Brendan's, with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the church, beginning Monday evening, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m., and continuing through 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, the day of our national elections. Our country desperately needs our prayers! Again, we'll provide a flyer of prayers especially for our nation, if you'd like to make use of them, and you can sign up online at http://www.stbrendansatl.com/adoration-signup/.