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.
“Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.”
Our spiritual bonds with Christ are stronger than death.
Our prayers and heartfelt presence are the greatest gifts we can give someone.
While our presence together on Earth is temporary, death only creates a physical separation. Through prayer, we spread the love of Christ — a love that saves both the giver and receiver — and connect with our dearly departed loved ones.
This is a truth we will celebrate on All Souls’ Day, as we pray together for both the living and the dead. In a strong faith community like ours, prayer helps us heal from the pain of loss, especially as All Souls’ Day approaches. This season of remembrance can bring on many emotions. Yet, ignoring our grief doesn’t make it go away.
Please let our friars pray for your peace and the peace of your dearly departed in this season. Simply write your loved ones’ names on the attached slip, and they will be included in the All Souls’ Day Mass on November 2 and also during our Novena for the Holy Souls on November 21-29.
Our prayers for the Holy Souls assist them on their journey to eternal bliss. And the support of a spiritual community can help us all move past our grief, so we can rejoice over our loved ones’ union with God in heaven.
St. Francis of Assisi rejoiced in that truth as well. He did not fear death because he knew he was living in the light of Christ. But such peace is not restricted to great saints.
The Lord loves every one of us as His children and wants us — wants you — to know this peace! That’s why it’s so important to pray for the departed. Remember that the entire Franciscan family is with you in spirit, and we look forward to receiving your special intentions.
Kindly send your intentions to me now 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.