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From the desk of Fr. Speier 

Dear Parishioners, 

I would like to share with you two events that will be happening in our parishes in the next few weeks. The first is the celebration of All Saints Day. All Saints Day is celebrated on November 1. This day is to honor all of those faithful who have been declared saints by the church. All Saints Day is a Holy Day of Obligation. The mass schedule for this feast is as follows. 

October 31, 2019 – 5:30pm – St. Catherine of Siena 

November 1, 2019 – 9:00am – St. Catherine of Siena 

November 1, 2019 – 5:30pm – St. Clement 

On this day we call to mind all of those who have gone before us who are in the presence of God. I am sure that there are many others, not declared saints of the church that view His presence as well. As we celebrate this feast, we know that we are called to live holy lives and let our example inspire others to a deeper sense of their faith. Remember, saints are ordinary people who did extraordinary deeds with all the gifts God gave them. 

The next day in our calendar, November 2, is the feast of All Souls. On this day we remember the souls of all the faithful departed. All of us have lost loved ones so this is a day for us to remember them as well. 

In both of our parishes you will notice that we have hung crosses on the walls of the two churches that represent those who have lost their lives since last November 2nd. The crosses are a way to remember them and pray for the repose of their souls. 

On November 2 at the 4:00pm mass at both parishes we have invited all of the families to join us for mass. After the homily the deacon will read the names of those who have died this past year. As the name is read the families are asked to come forward. They will be given a certificate and the cross from the wall in memory of their loved one who passed away this year. Since we have begun the custom of having the cross with the name of the deceased, date of birth and date of death family have been very impressed by this custom. At both parishes we have gone back to last November 2nd and all the names of those who have passed since last November 2nd will have a cross. During the month of November, we remember the souls of all the faithful departed. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.