Remembrance Mass for All the Faithful Departed

One of my early childhood memories, and my first memory, really, of grief, was the death of my grandfather, my mother’s father.  He had recently retired when he became ill, and it was found that he had cancer.  Back in the late 70s, cancer was even more of a death sentence than it is today, and he… Continue reading Remembrance Mass for All the Faithful Departed

Remembrance Mass for the Souls of All the Faithful Departed

Tonight, we have come together to do what the writer of the books of Maccabees insist is a holy and pious thing: to pray for the souls of the dead.  We have come together also to do what the Liturgy of the Rite of Christian Burial tells us to do: to pray also for ourselves.  We gather… Continue reading Remembrance Mass for the Souls of All the Faithful Departed

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (Remembrance Mass)

This weekend, we chose to celebrate All Souls at all of the parish Masses on Sunday (which is allowed) as part of our four-week series called “A Crash Course in Catholicism.” Today, we come together to remember our loved ones who have passed from this life to the hope of the kingdom.  As we continue… Continue reading The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (Remembrance Mass)

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls/Morning Mass)

One of the deep mysteries of the human experience lies in the realities of life and death. Everyone has, or will, experience the death of loved ones, sometimes after a long life, sometimes far too soon, always with feelings of sadness, regret, pain, grief and perhaps even anger or confusion. That’s how grief works. It… Continue reading The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls/Morning Mass)

Grieving During the Holidays

Today, I was invited to give a talk at one of the local funeral homes for their clients who had lost loved ones during the last year.  I spoke about grieving during the holiday season. A reading from the book of Revelation (22:12-14, 16-17, 20-21). “Behold, I am coming soon. I bring with me the… Continue reading Grieving During the Holidays

All Souls Remembrance Mass

The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them. Each year, the Church gives us the grace of remembering, and praying for, all of our loved ones who have gone before us, marked with the sign of faith, and all the dead whose faith is known to… Continue reading All Souls Remembrance Mass

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)

One of my most vivid childhood memories was when I was just about nine years old.  My grandfather on my mother’s side, who had retired just a few months earlier, was diagnosed with cancer.  There wasn’t so much that could be done about cancer in those days, so he wasn’t expected to live long.  And… Continue reading The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)

All Souls Remembrance Mass

Today’s readings The souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them. Each year, the Church gives us the grace of remembering, and praying for, all of our loved ones who have gone before us, marked with the sign of faith, and all the dead whose faith is… Continue reading All Souls Remembrance Mass

Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter

Today’s readings “You will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.”  Jesus continues to prepare his disciples for his not being among them in the flesh. He knows that his death, resurrect and Ascension were all part of the plan, and he wants the disciples to… Continue reading Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter

All Souls Remembrance Mass

Readings: Isaiah 25:6-9 | Psalm 23 | Romans 14:7-9, 10c-12 | Matthew 25:31-46 One of my most vivid childhood memories was when I was just about nine years old. My grandfather on my mother’s side, who had retired just a few months earlier, was diagnosed with cancer. There wasn’t so much that could be done… Continue reading All Souls Remembrance Mass