Let us pray for your needs and intentions – you and members of your family, both living and deceased, will be remembered in the Novenas celebrated for your intentions and in the masses offered each day for you.

October 2020

Prayer binds us to one another for eternity, for in Christ, love is stronger than death.

Dear Friend,

What is the greatest gift we can give someone? Our prayers and heartfelt presence. This is how we spread the love of Christ – a love that saves both the giver and receiver; a love stronger than death.

As All Souls’ Day nears, we recall that our prayers are a powerful gift for our deceased loved ones, helping them be at peace with the Lord in heaven.

Our friars would like to pray for your dearly departed on All Souls’ Day, November 2, and during our Novena for the Holy Souls, November 21–29. Please send me your loved ones’ names for remembrance and they will be included at Mass and in our prayers.

This season of remembrance can bring on many emotions, some of which are difficult to bear. Yet, ignoring our grief doesn’t make it go away. Another important benefit of prayer, especially in a strong faith community like ours, is that it helps us heal from the pain of loss.

Only in Christ are we able to move beyond our sorrow and find peace – even joy – as we contemplate our loved one’s journey to heaven. How wonderful it is to envision our dearly departed finally freed from all suffering!

Kindly be sure to send your intentions to me now to be included in the Novena and join us in prayer and petition for all our needs and hopes. Please also remember our missionaries among your intentions and if you are able, include an offering of any amount to assist their work here in the United States and in our missions in Central America.

A wonderful way to honor your loved one for All Souls’ Day would be to offer a gift in his or her name that will help others in need. You might also consider sponsoring a vigil candle for the deceased, which we will keep burning throughout our Novena for the Holy Souls.

May God bless!

Yours in St. Francis,


Fr. Robert, O.F.M.