All Souls Day Masses scheduled for Nov. 2

October 23, 2018

UPDATE: 7 p.m. candlelight Mass will be celebrated at Shrine of the True Cross and NOT at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Updates below.

HOUSTON  The public is welcome to join the celebration of loved ones at the Archdiocesan All Souls Day Mass. These celebrations will be held at Catholic Cemeteries of the Archdiocese.

The schedule for Friday, Nov. 2, is as follows:

  • 7 p.m. - Bi-lingual Candlelight Mass at Shrine of the True Cross (300 FM 517 E, Dickinson). Mass at 7 p.m. with Father Larry Wilson as celebrant. Bring vigil candles and pictures of departed loved ones for a table of remembrance. Votive candles will be blessed following the homily. Candles will also be available for sale. See flyer  or call 281-923-1009 for more.
  • 10 a.m. - Holy Cross Cemetery (3502 North Main St. in Houston). Mass at 10 a.m. with Father Paul Felix as celebrant.
  • 10 a.m. - Mount Olivet Cemetery (7801 Gulf Freeway, on I-45 southbound feeder road at Hughes Rd. in Dickinson). Mass at 10 a.m. with Father Chacko Puthumayil as celebrant.
  • 10 a.m. - Old Catholic Cemetery (Avenue K at 41st St. in Galveston). Mass at 10 a.m.
  • 12 p.m. - Calvary Cemetery (2506 65th St. in Galveston). Mass at Noon.

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Make time to find your nearest parish and visit the Chapel or the Sanctuary and pray for loved ones who have since died, or set up a table of remembrance in your home and pray with the All Souls Day readings.

Learn more about the Corporal Work of Mercy of Burying and Praying for the Dead.

All Souls feast is time to remember, to hope, pope says

ROME (CNS) -- The Mass for the feast of All Souls is "realistic, concrete" in calling Catholics to remember the people and events of their past, to consider how they live today and to hope for eternal life with God and their loved ones who preceded them, Pope Francis said.

Celebrating an outdoor Mass Nov. 2, the feast of All Souls, in Rome's Laurentino cemetery, the pope said remembering "those who walked before us" is not only about the beloved dead, but also about remembering that each person has a history, a family and is part of something larger than themselves.

"Remembering is what strengthens a people because they feel rooted," they have an identity and history, he said. "Memory reminds us that we are not alone. We are part of a people."

With hundreds of people gathered at the windy cemetery where their loved ones are buried, Pope Francis pointed to the tombstones and the mausoleum behind the crowd, noting that they represent "the many people who have shared part of our journey."

"It is not easy to remember," the pope said. "Often we tire at the thought of looking back, of asking 'What happened in my life, my family, my people,' but today is a day for remembering."

Obviously, the feast day is more difficult for some people, including a weeping young couple the pope met before Mass when he visited the children's section of the cemetery and the "Garden of Angels," an adjoining section for the unborn; parents who have experienced a miscarriage can opt to have their children buried there rather than having a hospital dispose of the remains.

Pope Francis walked slowly between the small tombstones decorated with stuffed animals, pinwheels and balloons, and he left flowers on several of the graves.

But, the pope said in his homily, the feast day is also "a day of hope," and the day's second reading from the Book of Revelation "describes what awaits us: a new heaven and a new earth."

The image of the new, heavenly Jerusalem, he said, tells believers that "beauty awaits us."

Faith gives sure "hope that we will meet again, hope that we will arrive where there is that love that created us, where love awaits us, the love of the Father."

The feast of All Souls also includes a call to follow God's path in order to live eternally with him. That path, the pope said, is outlined in the Beatitudes in St. Matthew's Gospel.

"These beatitudes -- meekness, poverty in spirit, justice, mercy, pureness of heart -- are lights that accompany us so that we do not take the wrong path," the pope said.

"Let us ask the Lord today," he said, "to give us the grace to never lose or hide the memory" of loved ones, the grace to continue to hope and the grace "to understand what are the lights that can accompany us on the journey so that we do not err and so we can arrive where they await us with such love."