On All Souls Day we remember the souls of all the departed especially members of our parishes and families who have died. A Mass will be celebrated on All Souls Day at St. Patrick, Aurora at 9:00 a.m. also during the month of November, one mass will be celebrated each week in our parish for the souls of all the departed, especially those whose names are mentioned on the All Souls Day Remembrance envelopes or in the Remembrance books that can be found in each of our churches.
Month of Remembrance
November is a month of remembrance in many ways. Besides remembering our deceased on All Saints and All Souls days, we are called to remember to vote on Election Day, Tuesday November 3. May we pray that all those who are elected to public office may be people of honesty, justice and peace who always remember the needs of the poor and the powerless and who strive to promote the common good. On Wednesday, November 11 we celebrate Veterans Day. On Veterans Day we are called to remember those who have served our country in the military. We pray for those who have died in the service of our country and we pray for all the men and women who are currently serving in the armed forces. November is also the month we celebrate Thanksgiving Day on the fourth Thursday of the Month, this year it is celebrated on November 26th, may we remember all the blessings God has bestowed upon us and give thanks to our creator. Mass will be celebrated on Thanksgiving Day at 9:00 a.m. at St. Patrick Church, Aurora.
Autumn is a beautiful season when we see the changing of the leaves that all to quickly fall to the ground. Soon the trees will be bare and the starkness of November will be upon us. When we enter the barrenness of late Fall it reminds us what our world looks like without the flowers of Spring, the green of Summer, the color of Fall leaves, or the brightness of the Winter snow. It is a month that helps me to put into proper perspective the gifts of nature with which God so graciously blesses the earth. May we all take time each day this month to remember and thank God for all the blessings we receive.
On the Last Sunday of November we begin the new Liturgical Year as we enter into the season of Advent and prepare ourselves for the celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord.. May we use the season well to prepare our hearts and minds to receive our Savior.
Warning: Some parishioners have received bogus emails from someone claiming to be me asking for gift cards or money. If you receive such an email ignore it. Always pay notice to the senders email address. My email ends in dor.org. God’s blessings and peace, Father Bill