Dear Sacred Heart Family,
This week is an amazing time of special graces, from which we can benefit more than ever. The Presence of God in the Church on Earth, in Purgatory and in Heaven, are celebrated this week in worship, Sacraments, and our parish family.
This weekend, our children celebrated Trunk or Treat after the Saturday Vigil Mass. Families and children in the Academy, Homeschool Community, and others received treats after the Saturday Mass, in the parking lot behind the convent. This was a warmup for our celebration this Wednesday, All Hallows Eve.
While Halloween has become a confusing, and often dark time in our culture, the Catholic origin of the Vigil of All Saints is what we will make available for everyone on Wednesday evening: a Vigil Mass, celebration, Trunk or Treat, Saints parade, food and family will highly Wednesday Night. All Saints, a Holy Day of Obligation with our Saints Parade at the Academy will follow with our holy day Mass schedule, plus the addition of the Extraordinary Form Mass also at 5:30 on Thursday.
Friday is not only first Friday, but also All Souls Day. Saint John Vianney said, "If people only know how great is the power of the souls in Purgatory and how many graces we can obtain from God through their intercession, they would not be so forgotten. Let us pray well for them, so that they may pray for us." Through not a day of obligation, we have a full Mass schedule including a cemetery Mass at 12:30PM, and a beautiful polyphonic Missa Cantata of the Victoria requiem at 5:30PM as well, and a 7:30PM evening Mass also.
Please pray for our young people receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday. Bishop Burbidge is coming to celebrate this solemn Mass with our parish youth and their families. The Holy Spirit is our strong consoler and empowers us with grace to bear witness to Christ in the world today.
Be sure to pray for the Poor Souls from November 1st through 8th with the special holy cards available, not only for their relief, but also for the Church, for our youth and families, and for all of us to be saints. The light of Christ illumines the darkness, and we the Church militant on earth, the Church suffering in Purgatory, and the Church triumphant in Heaven wage spiritual battle for souls, the victory of God's merciful Love in our lives and world today.
In Our Lady's Immaculate Heart,
Rev. Bjorn Lundberg,