Post # 1
A close friend had a very dear nephew pass away recently and she forwarded me something from her church and told me that his name would be read at the service. I’m not sure if she sent it to me because she knows I’d think that’s wonderful or if she was letting me know so I could attend.
Is attending that service particular important in the Catholic faith if a loved one has passed that year?
Post # 3
Our church will be honoring all those who have passed Nov. 2nd. I don’t think you NEED to attend, but it would definitely show support and love for her in what is a very difficult time. My parish only does that mass once a year.
Post # 4
@MightySapphire: thank you! that’s exactly what I was trying to figure out (if it would be loving/supportive to attend). Which it is – so, I’m there! 🙂
Post # 5
@MightySapphire: Are you Catholic? or Anglican/Episcopalian?
@oracle: To clarify, was it All Saints or was it All Soul’s? I’m assuming the latter. It’s a nice thing to do, it’s remembrance for both. Atleast for me, when somebody close to me has passed away, I’ll say a prayer every sunday during Mass (some do it daily) for the souls of their loved ones in Purgatory. All Saints day honors the souls we know Beatifically that have gone to Heaven (thus saints). The following day is All Souls’ day where we respect and remember the souls that are currently in purgatory and pray for them, may their time be quick so they can join the Saints. Hopefully, I said everything correctly. I know some Catholic ladies on the board could say it better than me.
Post # 6
@beekiss2: Thanks for the explanation – I would not have known the difference. I double checked the email and it the “Feast of All Saints” – their annual service. The actual funeral service is today; and I’m fairly certain the belief is that the passed on loved one is in Heaven (not purgatory) so that makes additional sense of why he’d be honored at the service. Thank you for helping me understand the difference!
Post # 7
@oracle: It’s a little touchy. November 1 (All Saints Day) is the commemoration of all saints, known and unknown. November 2 (All Souls Day) is the commemoration of all departed souls. Unless you have reason to believe otherwise (i.e. the person died in a state of grave sin), it’s tradition to celebrate that person on November 1. Some parishes don’t want to have to make a “call” as to whether or not the person died in a state of grave sin, so they celebrate everyone on November 2. Atleast, from what I’ve seen.