St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on October 25th, 2013
Retreat at Gethsemane: “Silence is spoken here.”
I. ALL SAINTS’ DAY: During the liturgical year, we celebrate the lives of countless “canonized” saints. Today, with the universal Church, we celebrate those “unsung heroes” who have lived holy lives yet have never been canonized. We know them: they are our grandparents, parents, colleagues, neighbors, caretakers, cousins, aunts, uncles. Each saint we honor today lived a life, like you and I; but through God’s grace, they lived it to the fullest. Today, we honor them. My favorite definition of a saint is, “A sinner who kept on trying.” Our Mass schedule at St. Stephen Cathedral is as follows: Eve (October 31): 6:00pm; Day: (Friday, November 1): 7:00am, 12:05 noon. There will also be a holy day Mass at Blessed Sacrament Chapel on Friday, November 1, at 6:00pm.
II. ALL SOULS’ DAY: The commemoration of all the faithful departed is a moment in the Church’s calendar to recognize God’s enduring love that binds us all together. Love is eternal and endures when all else passes away. Since the early church, Christians have prayed for the dead, and by the seventh century, some monastic foundations reserved this day to pray for deceased members and benefactors. In 988, Odilo, Abbot of the French monastery in Cluny, established the tradition of keeping, “with joyous affection, the memory of all the faithful departed who have lived from the beginning of the world until the end.” By the 14th century, the commemoration had spread through Europe and was universally excepted in the Latin Church.