All Saints Day ~ November 1st

On this day we remember our Heavenly family – those men and women of virtue and faith who lead lives of holiness, courage and generosity and are now saints in heaven. Their heroic lives inspire us and provide excellent role models for our children. Some families like to pray the ‘Litany of the Saints’, calling on favourite saints to “pray for us”.

All Souls Day ~ November 2nd

This follows All Saints Day. It is a time in which we pray for all the dead, including our own special friends and family. TheFeast of All Souls reminds us of our obligations to live holy lives and that there will be purification of the souls of those destined for Heaven. We pray on behalf of Christians who are in purgatory, the state in the afterlife where souls are purified before proceeding to heaven. Souls in purgatory, who are members of the church just like living Christians, must suffer so that they can be purged of their sins. It is a time to pray for their souls that they may be received into heaven.