When I was growing up we had a definite family devotional life. Each night we prayed the rosary. We consecrated our family to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we prayed for the souls of the faithful departed:
“Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.”
It was our tradition. It is the tradition of the church.
Each year the church sets aside the month of November as a time of special prayer for the Holy Souls. We realize that no one with sin can enter into the presence of the All Holy One. We believe that God, who is Eternal Now, allows us to pray that all of us may be purified and clothed with the Robe of Glory, won for us by the death of Jesus on the cross.
We ask that you complete the enclosed envelope with the name(s) of your deceased family and friends, and your donation, and return it for inclusion in our Masses for the deceased which are celebrated each day during the month of November. Or visit AmericanMartyrs.org/AllSouls to enroll your loved ones online.
Many of us visit memory places during the month of November, and we invite you to visit our Peace Garden and Memorial Wall where you will find a quiet place to pray for all the faithful departed.
God bless you,
Rev. Msgr. John F. Barry, P.A.