We wish to bring to everyone’s attention that this year for All Souls’ Day, Monday, November 2, St. Leo will have 3 different opportunities for the faithful to attend Mass. We will have Masses at 8 AM, 12:00 PM, and 6:00 PM - all in the Church. We are certain that many of you are wondering what is so special about this day that we would have 3 different Public Masses to attend. After all, it is not a solemnity; it is not a holy day of obligation. Why are we going out of our way to make sure this day is kept sacred? We must remember what this day is.
All Saints’ Day will fall on this Sunday where we celebrate all of the canonized Saints of the Catholic Church but we hold the day after as a day to remember to pray for all those who are not canonized saints. We pray for all our beloved deceased who are still very much in need of our prayers. We pray for them not out of judgement or condemnation but as a profound act of charity as the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches about Purgatory. According to paragraph 1030, Purgatory is a time where “all who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of Heaven.” Paragraph 1031 continues, “The Church gives name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned.” With this in mind, we can see that All Souls’ Day is a time when we can come together to pray for the souls in purgatory - that their time of purification might be shortened and these souls can, in turn, experience eternal bliss in Heaven. This is why this day is so important.
We hope you can join us to remember our beloved deceased. This is why we will have these 3 public Masses so that regardless of your schedule, regardless of your commitment, you can join us to pray not only for the beloved deceased in your own family but all the holy souls in purgatory.