From the Pastor
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time – A
October 29, 2017
This week we celebrate the two ‘Festivals of the Great Harvest’ as some call them: All Saints Day and All Souls’ Day. I encourage all to attend holy Mass not only on Wednesday’s holy day of obligation, All Saints, but also on Thursday’s Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed. These two days offer great hope for the living and the dead. First, we celebrate with those who, like Saint Paul, can say “I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith”
and have received “the crown of righteousness … which the Lord, the just judge, will award … to all who have longed for his appearance.” [C.f.: 2 Timothy 4:7-8]
Then we pray for all who are still doing penance for their sins, for as Jesus said, “Amen, I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.” [Matthew 5:26]
The following orations may be used at Masses offered for our deceased Relatives, Friends and Benefactors.
Collect – Deceased Relatives, Friends & Benefactors
O God, giver of pardon
and loving author of our salvation,
grant, we pray you, in your mercy,
that, through the intercession of Blessed Mary, ever-Virgin, and all your Saints, the members, friends, and benefactors of our community,
who have passed from this world,
may attain a share in eternal happiness.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ … and ever. Amen.
GOD WILLS EVERYONE TO BE SAVED.
The Church’s firm belief that prayers can be offered for
others, even for the dead, has many biblical roots. As Saint Paul wrote: “… I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone. This is good and pleasing to God our savior, who wills everyone to be saved.” [1 Timothy 2:1, 3-4a] And it just makes logical sense that God gives us the means AND the time
needed for all to be saved. And since God also made our Faith a communal affair, it is only ‘right and just’ that we pray for the dead and offer sacrifices for them. For whom will you pray for this week?
Prayer over the Offerings – Deceased Relatives, etc.
O God, whose mercy is beyond measure,
receive with favor our humble prayers
and through the Sacrament of our salvation
grant to the souls of our relatives, friends,
and benefactors, remission of all their sins.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
WHO WILL PRAY FOR US WHEN WE’RE DEAD?
This may seem a silly question, but more than once – a person who went to daily Mass died and had no Funeral Mass
or any Catholic burial rites – because no one in their family went to church! Sometimes people do not get all they hope for at their funeral because they never wrote it down or made it known. Not that their salvation is in jeopardy; God surely does not hold such things against those who do not get a proper Christian Burial
because someone else denies it. But it’s sad for fellow parishioners, who may have worshipped with them every day and never got a chance to formally say goodbye or publicly pray for them. A word to the wise: pre-plan your funeral; you can even choose your own readings, hymns, etc. Contact the Parish Office to make funeral pre-arrangements.
Prayer after Communion – Deceased Relatives, etc.
Grant, we pray, almighty and merciful God,
that the souls of our relatives, friends, and benefactors, for whom we have offered
this sacrifice of praise to your majesty, may, through the power of this Sacrament,
be cleansed of all their sins,
and receive from your mercy
the happiness of perpetual light.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
CATHOLIC WAYS TO PRAY FOR THE DEAD. The most profound and beneficial way to pray for the dead is to have holy Mass offered for their intention. Or light a 4-day votive candle; arrange to have an annual candle lit for them; memorialize the bread and wine offered at Mass, or the Sanctuary Lamp that burns near the tabernacle, or one that burns near a statue. Visit the cemetery; bless the grave; create a shrine at home. Above all, come to Mass on All Souls’ Day!
In His holy Name,
Rev. Thomas J. Serafin, KHS