Fall is in the air, November is fast approaching and with it, thoughts of snow, colder weather and the hustle and bustle of upcoming holidays. Most important however, November is the month of remembrance when we celebrate the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls. This Sunday, October 28 are the Masses of Remembrance at the Churches of St. Peter and St. Paul. A candle has been lit in memory of those who have died this year.
The Feast of All Saints is Thursday, November 1 and is a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass times are at 9:00 AM at St. Peter’s with an evening Mass at St. Paul’s at 6:30 PM.
The following day, November 2nd is the Mass of All Souls at 8:15 AM at St. Paul’s Church. This Mass is a time for us to pray for the deceased who are waiting in Purgatory to ‘move on’. Remember in prayer these souls as they take the final step to enter the Kingdom of God.
The holiday season can be difficult as we think of those who have gone before us. This being said, a free Grief Seminar is being offered to anyone who wishes to attend. It will be held on Tuesday, November 6 at St. Peter’s, immediately following 8:15 Mass. Please meet in the gathering area. If you wish, bring along a photo to share your story. The facilitator, Geralyn Nathe-Evans has a certification in Death and Grief Education.
Fall is a time to harvest crops and garden produce. I like to think our lives are like jars of canned goods sitting on three shelves for use as needed. The bottom shelf contains pint jars. These hold thoughts and memories of loved ones, sadness, sorrow, pain and suffering. Memories are usually triggered by special dates and events or when our faith is tested. These jars are necessary, but should be used sparingly; this lid shouldn’t be left off too long.
The second shelf holds quart jars filled with forgiveness, happiness, kindness, patience, playfulness, outrageous laughter and inspiration. Open daily and share generously!
The top shelf contains one jar and it is the largest. This one holds God’s forgiveness and faithfulness for all of us. The contents are overflowing and always available. There is no lid to fit this jar.
With this analogy, let us ask ourselves…what do our jars hold? How often do we remove the lids and share the contents? How often do we thank God for the jar on the top shelf?
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant”.