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All Souls’ Day, November 2, Pray for the Dead

2 Maccabees 12:44-45

44 For had he not expected the fallen to rise again, it would have been superfluous and foolish to pray for the dead,

45 whereas if he had in view the splendid recompense reserved for those who make a pious end, the thought was holy and devout. Hence, he had this expiatory sacrifice offered for the dead, so that they might be released from their sin.

Roman Martyrology

“On this day is observed the commemoration of the faithful departed, in which our common and pious Mother the Church, immediately after having endeavored to celebrate by worthy praise all her children who already rejoice in heaven, strives to aid by her powerful intercession with Christ, her Lord and Spouse, all those who still groan in purgatory, so that they may join as soon as possible the inhabitants of the heavenly city.”

 

 

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All Souls Day, Pray for the dead, November 2.

Via Catholic Online

All Souls Day is a holy day set aside for honoring the dead. According to Catholic belief, the soul of a person who dies can go to one of three places. The first is heaven, where a person who dies in a state of perfect grace and communion with God goes. The second is hell, where those who die in a state of mortal sin are naturally condemned by their choice. The intermediate option is purgatory, which is thought to be where most people, free of mortal sin, but still in a state of lesser (venial) sin, must go.

Consistent with these teachings and traditions, Catholics believe that through the prayers of the faithful on Earth, the dead are cleansed of their sins so they may enter into heaven.

All Souls Day: Traditions from around the world

History of All Souls Day

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All Saints’ Day, November 1.

Catholic Online

In Western Christian theology, the day commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven. It is a national holiday in many historically Catholic countries.

All Saints Day, the day on which Catholics celebrate all the saints, known and unknown, is a surprisingly old feast. It arose out of the Christian tradition of celebrating the martyrdom of saints on the anniversary of their martyrdom. When martyrdom’s increased during the persecutions of the late Roman Empire, local dioceses instituted a common feast day in order to ensure that all martyrs, known and unknown, were properly honored.

I am currently wearing a Saint Anthony of Padua, the Saint of Miracles metal.

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Many Blessings, Sisters Of St. Joseph, Sister Rita, Ascension of Our Lord Parish, Philadelphia, PA

God works everyday as this is a testimony of His Works.

I was shopping at my local mall this morning,  when I entered Many Blessings my favorite place to search for anything beautiful.  They have an enormous assortment of religious items, you name it. Catholic Holy Cards, Medals, anything that warms your soul, it is there.  The employees are all special people and always asks if there is anything they can help you with.  I feel like I go to my own private Church when I enter.  It is a unique experience.

I will share a brief story from this afternoon.

I was back at the Holy Card Section, All the Saints; Prayer cards are located in the back section to the left.

I wanted a Holy Card for the Sick.  Another woman next to me inquired about a St. Michael Holy Card. As I glanced up I said, ” Michael the Archangel, I live on Michael Lane, I believe He guards my home.” She replied, “I know it is the Protector of Policemen but I want it.” She then said, “I am a Sister from the Order of St Joseph.” I inquired what parish she was from. “Ascension of Our Lord Parish in Philadelphia. in the 1960’s. Her name is Sister Rita. To make a long story short, I was schooled at the same parish at the same time and lived across the street from the Convent. But the beautiful Cathedral Church which had two levels is closed now.  I remember those stained glass windows I stared at as a child to becoming a young adult.  I also buried my two parents in the upper level of Ascension parish in the 1990’s. I was beside myself and started to name other Sisters from that parish who taught me. Talked about our Choir that I was a singer in, the May Processions, Carnival on Labor Day, and other memories that are inscribed forever in my mind. But her memory is at a loss. But we reminisced about the parish in the 1960’s. I asked her to keep me in her prayers tomorrow. No, I asked her for her phone  number she can be reached at. I opened my address book and there I find my missing debit/credit card. Wow, I kept saying, “Please St. Anthony come around something is lost and can’t be found” for weeks.  She said, “Better late than never.” It was Sister Rita who touch my innermost soul.  Sister Rita is now located in South Jersey.  We need to pray together at  Mass Sister, as another Sister was in observation. I had tears in my eyes and cried.  I exclaimed, ” It was because of You Sister Rita, that my Faith never diminished. My steadfast morality that  the Sisters taught their students with the The Baltimore Catechism. God Bless you.”

I shared this story with my son and two other friends.

Oh, I also purchased the Michael the Archangel Holy card but gave it to my friend when he told me his story this afternoon.

This is my testimony that God is ever-present in my life.  HE is The LORD who which all thing are good. I await the Sunday in which I can share Mass with Sister Rita.

Read Below: The plight of my once beautiful former parish.  It is very sad. Early in the morning today, I shared this story with my friend Martini who is from Ireland, as I became very emotional with the closure of my once beautiful church, its decay and read her this post showed her the below links. Martini replied, ” Donna, you and I will go over to the Church before it is torn down and get a piece of it so you can have it to remember.” God led Martini back into my life again as we were separated due to her divorce for a reason. That is what God does in your life if you let HIM.

Below are the links to my once beautiful Parish, Ascension of Our Lord, Philadelphia, PA.

The Catholic Church in North Carolina is booming. Raleigh’s new cathedral will reuse the magnificent windows from a grand Philadelphia church, now closed.

Ascension of our Lord Stained Glass pt1 by Beyer Studio

Ascension of our Lord Stained Glass pt2 by Beyer Studio

The Art of Stained Glass….Ascension of Our Lord Parish!

Philly stained glass windows heading to Raleigh

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help

For my Dearest Friend Tom, as I assist you in prayer.

Roman Catholic Benediction at the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help,  Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help – Boston, MA staffed by the Redemptorists.

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Rosary rallies on the Capital steps in Madison, Wisconsin are held Thursdays at 7 p.m. The hour-long public prayer was initiated on June 21 in reply to a call from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for a “Fortnight for Freedom.”   In reference to Obama’s contraception mandate, 14 days of prayer dedicated  to remind people all throughout the United States about the importance of preserving the fundamental right of religious freedom.

Until our election in November the prayers will be continued  due to Americans plight for spiritual liberty, life and family in the United States.

Rev. Rick Heilman, pastor of St. Ignatius Catholic Church stated,

With elections come a lot of issues that maybe sometimes we tend to ignore because our lives are busy. In an election year, people are more sensitized to these issues, and there is a great need to call upon God.”

Amazing things are happening right here in this very place,” including the failure of “this whole nonsense of recalling this strong governor” (referring to Republican Scott Walker) and “now tapping our own Paul Ryan” as a vice presidential candidate.

No matter what his politics are, no matter whether you agree with them or disagree with them, he’s a Catholic son in the diocese of Madison who was tapped to be vice president,” Heilman told the crowd. “And he’s a good dad, he’s a good husband, and he needs our prayers.”

Agreed Father.

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The Assumption of the Virgin Mary, August 15.  Assumption Day commemorates the belief that when Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, died, her body was not subjected to the usual process of physical decay but was “assumed” into heaven and reunited there with her soul. This holiday, which has been celebrated since the fourth century CE, is a Christianization of an earlier harvest festival and, in many parts of Europe, is known as the Feast of Our Lady of the Harvest.

The Assumption of the Virgin Mary is a Holy Day of Obligation in the Catholic Church.

Wedding and Blessing of the Sea, Atlantic City, New Jersey  Click Here

Luke 11:28

28 He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”

Revelation 12:1

12 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.

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