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.
Death has no power over those who live in faith,
because of the miracle of Jesus’ resurrection.
Prayer binds us to one another for eternity,
for in Christ love is stronger than death.
All Souls’ Day is only weeks away. This season of remembrance can bring on many emotions as we think of our loved ones who have passed away. Who are you remembering this All Souls’ Day?
Perhaps you are missing your mother or father, or maybe a dear childhood friend. No matter who you are remembering, I hope you’ll take comfort in knowing that our prayers are a powerful gift for our deceased loved one, helping them be at peace with the Lord in heaven. Prayer also helps us heal from the pain of loss – especially in a strong faith community like ours.
Please let our friars pray in this season for your peace and the peace of your dearly departed. Simply send your loved ones’ names, and they will be included at Mass on All Souls’ Day, November 2, and during our Novena for the Holy Souls, November 21-29.
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!
Send your intentions to be included in the Novena of Masses. You might also consider sponsoring a vigil candle for the deceased, which we will keep burning throughout our Novena for the Holy Souls. 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.
God bless you.
Yours in St. Francis,
Fr. Robert, O.F.M.