My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
As we come to the end of October, we are entering into a busy season. On 31st October, we celebrate Halloween, a celebration on the eve of the Feast of All Saints on 1st November. According to our Christian tradition, saints or holy people are called “hallowed”, hence the name “All Hallows’ Day”. The evening, or “e’en” before the feast became popularly known as “All Hallows’ Eve” or even shorter, “Hallowe’en.” Ideally, it should have been for us a celebration of all the Saints. That is why many churches encourage the parents to dress up the children like their patron saints / any popular saint. It is much better than seeing children and adults dressed up as Halloween witches, ghosts, goblins vampires, etc.
After honoring all the Saints on 1st November, we all take the time to remember our dear departed on All Souls Day. November is the month dedicated to the holy souls in purgatory. There is no better way to show our love for our dear departed ones than by praying for them and offering Holy Masses for their eternal repose. It is our belief that the souls in purgatory cannot help themselves, but our prayers and sacrifices can help their purification and entry into eternal bliss in heaven. We will remember all the departed members of our parish in the last year, in the evening Mass on 2nd November. Like last year, candles in memory of a dear one can be lit in front of the altar.
The US Presidential election is scheduled for Tuesday, 3rd November. We pray for our country, all our people and the leaders going to be elected. May everyone be guided by the Holy Spirit in choosing wise leaders who will lead our country!
With the arrival of Fall, we see Covid cases surging in Europe and also in our country. Let us take necessary precautions to keep us and our dear ones safe. May the Lord protect and keep our parish family safe in special way! May St. Michael, the patron of our parish and all the Saints whom we call upon, intercede for us!
God Bless you!
Fr. Joy Jacob, SDB