There is a chill in the air and it now feels like fall has finally arrived! Each season holds its own beauty and its own special delights. I have always loved the fall because it seems to me to be a season that lends itself to reflection. As nature begins to rest following the hectic activity of the summer months, October and November offer us a time to slow down and take in the big picture.
Our Church calendar helps us to make this reflection by offering us the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls Day at the very beginning of November.
Thursday, November 1, we will celebrate all the saints in heaven – the ‘big name’ saints whom we call ‘canonized’ saints, and the saints known only to God. Among these saints are men and women who once sat in the very pews in which we now sit at Christ the King. These are people who quietly went about living their baptismal promises and making the world and our parish a better place. All Saints Day is a Holy Days of Obligation for us as Catholics. Masses will be celebrated at Christ the King at 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Friday, November 2, is All Souls Day and we remember in a special way family and friends who have died during the past year. Masses will be celebrated at 7:15 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. While All Souls Day is not a Holy Day of Obligation, it remains a very special day to come together as a parish community and stand in prayerful solidarity with fellow parishioners who have died and prayerfully support the families of those who have died.
During the final weeks of the Church Year, the Church will give us readings that will help us to reflect on the four ‘last things’ which are: death, judgment, heaven and hell. Reflecting on the ‘last things’ helps us to order our lives here and now in such a way as to be ready for what will come in the final season of our earthly lives.
Let us stand together with the saints in heaven, the souls in purgatory and with one another in our parish community as companions on the journey!
See you at Mass!