We thank God for the example of holiness that they gave us and we ask all the saints to pray for us that we in turn may be examples of faith and love for those we meet each day. The anticipated Mass for All Saints Day is always celebrated on Halloween. This year I have scheduled the anticipated Mass to be celebrated at St. Patrick, Aurora at 5:00 p.m., Thursday, October 31; that will allow me to be available to greet the Trick or Treaters right after Mass at the rectory. The other Masses on All Saints Day, Friday, November 1st, are 9:00 a.m. at St. Michael, Union Springs, 5:30 p.m. at St. Patrick, Moravia and 7:00 p.m.at Our Lady of the Lakes, King Ferry. This year All Saints Day falls on First Friday; because of that, there will be no First Friday Mass at Our Lady of the Lake this month. There will be Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament following the 9:00am Mass at St. Michael Church on Nov. 1st.
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, November 5th. 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. As we celebrate 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. This year, Veterans Day falls on Monday, Nov. 11. There will be a 9:00a.m. Mass at St. Patrick, Aurora.
November is also the month we celebrate Thanksgiving Day on November 28th, 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, 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.
The 2019-2020 Catholic Ministry Appeal is underway! Hopefully, by now past CMA donors have received a special letter in the mail with a personalized pledge card. If you have not yet responded, please considering making a gift. When you contribute to the Catholic Ministry Appeal, your generosity works in so many different ways! It supports people in need, helps nurture our youth, assists in communicating the good news throughout the diocese, and provides much-needed support for our parishes. It fosters the Gospel message of stewardship – a message that reminds us that all we are and all we have are gifts from God.
Please consider giving your generous support to this year’s appeal by sending in your gift or pledge today. If you are a newly registered parishioner or if you didn’t receive a mailing, you will find brochures in the entrance way of the church that includes more information about the CMA and pledge forms that can be mailed with your gift to the diocese or placed in the Sunday collection basket. Thank you for your support and please pray for the success of our efforts.