Lift Up Your Hearts
We have begun the month of November this past week celebrating, first the feast of All Saints’ Day followed by All Souls’ Day. This dual celebration and our practice of praying for our beloved dead are expressions of the Church as the ‘Communion of Saints,’ and of our baptismal call to holiness– that is, be saints! This is an opportune time to remind ourselves of common vocation and of our understanding that our Church is made up of a multitude of individuals accompanying, serving and helping one another to follow the Lord Jesus faithfully. In our parish grouping we have begun already to embrace our present call to come together in building a more vibrant community and to rededicate ourselves to the mission of the Church. We are also aware of the challenges present in our Church and in our culture. I am inspired to ask the prayers of those who have gone before us, especially those who made so many sacrifices to establish our parishes of Saint Louise and Saint Joan. I ask you to join me this month in praying for the eternal peace of our faithful departed, as we ask them to also accompany us with their prayers.
All during the month of November, a Book of Remembrance will be placed near the altar, containing the names of our parishioners who have died over the past year. I invite you to add the names of your beloved dead all through the month. All of these will be remembered daily in our Masses at Saint Louise.
Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them, O Lord;
And Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them.
May the Souls of the Faithful Departed,
Through the Mercy of God, Rest in Peace.