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On this page you will find frequent updates related current happenings in our world, as well as resources for our Catholic Liturgical Calendar. If you have suggestions or comments please contact Laura Tapson. 

On this page you will find frequent updates related current happenings in our world, as well as resources for our Catholic Liturgical Calendar. If you have suggestions or comments please contact Laura Tapson. 

OCTOBER 31, 2017: HALLOWEEN

A Quick History

Halloween as we know it is a mixture of pagan, Christian, civic, and cultural influences. Various cultures have associated the day with witches, ghosts, and goblins. Many people trace its roots to an old Celtic festival when the Celts believed the veil between the living and the dead was particularly thin. It was thought that, on this night, the souls of those who had died could cross over into our mortal world once again. When Christian missionaries won over the hearts of the Celts, this popular feast was moved from spring to fall and celebrated as the feast of the Eve of All Saints Day. Halloween comes from the word hallowed meaning “blessed” or “holy.” So Halloween is the night that eagerly anticipates the celebration of our living connection with all the faithful who have lived and died before us. It is fitting, then, that on the night before All Saints Day, our families remember and celebrate in a special way our belief in the Communion (close connection) of Saints to our own liveS (Loyola Press)

NOVEMBER 1, 2017: ALL SAINTS DAY

This feast day grew out of the love and devotion of God's people. The Church chose this feast to honor God in His saints, in whom He has shown Himself so wonderful. We thank God as the creator of all holiness and for the graces He has showered upon them.Today we can rejoice in our hearts with all the saints in heaven. We can make up our own prayer to them, thanking them for the witness of their lives. We can thank them too, for helping us overcome our difficulties and temptations. We ask them to help us on our own journey through life so we can be saints like them and go to heaven.

NOVEMBER 2, 2017: ALL SOULS DAY

After celebrating the Solemnity of All Saints, the Church invites us to commemorate all the faithful departed, to turn our eyes to the many faces who have gone before us and who have ended their earthly journey. On this day and throughout the entire month of November, we recall our deceased relatives, friends, and all the faithful departed. We pray, remember and honor those that have gone before us, hopeful and joyful in the knowledge that through the love and sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, not even a physical death can separate us. The very act of prayer on this day reflects our belief in the one Church and the communion of saints, the spiritual link between all believers, living and dead. We are all united in the body of Christ. 

ALL SAINTS DAY/ ALL SOULS DAY RESOURCES

CATHOLIC EDUCATION SUNDAY

"On Catholic Education Sunday, we give thanks to God for this beautiful ministry of the Church. By the help of His grace, may we enable our students to ponder the true, good and beautiful, and thus come to realize how God is present and at work in the world and in every moment of their lives, leading them to salvation" (excert from the letter put out by the Catholic Bishops of Alberta and NWT)

Catholic Education Sunday Resources