First Down with Fr. Eric (October 31, 2021)

Dear Friends,

As we soon enter into the month of November, there is an emphasis on remembering those who have died. Our Gospels focus on end times as we come to the conclusion of another Liturgical Year and begin a new one in Advent, which begins very soon.

There are three days that have very significant religious emphasis for us as Christians. Halloween, believe it or not, has some religious beginnings and reminders for us. November 1st is the Feast of All Saints and November 2nd is the Feast of All Souls. There is a connected theme with all three days and I would like to preach that weekend at all Masses to give us some uplifting messages and comfort on these special days. (All Saints Day this year falls on a Monday, so the attendance to that Mass is optional.) I thought it would be great for the parish to celebrate these days and learn about how it applies to our everyday lives.

We also have invited parishioners to bring a photo of a loved one who has died and are at home with the Lord. We would have the photos near the altar or in the Narthex that weekend. Our Christian faith has clear and beautiful reasons we remember those who have died.

I look forward to sharing my thoughts on these special days and I hope parishioners can make an effort to attend Mass that weekend or to view our Mass online.

Peace in Christ,

Fr. Eric