Holding Up Our Deceased Through Prayer

November 9, 2014

Dear Fellow Parishioners,

Every Sunday and Holy Day we offer the Nicene Creed during which we proclaim our belief in the “Communion of Saints.”

This is one of the many ways in which we acknowledge our membership in the broader community of God’s kingdom both here on earth and in heaven. This action also proclaims our belief in the importance of prayer. Our prayers do make a difference! Thus, we are invited to pray for those who have gone before us, both saints and sinners. We are encouraged to hold up our deceased through both communal and private prayer.

One communal offering is through the feasts of All Saints (November 1st) and All Souls (November 2nd). For centuries the Church has gathered to honor those who have gone before us. One of St. Ed- ward’s traditions is to celebrate a “Mass of Remembrance” during this two-day period.

This year we do so on Saturday, November 1st at 9:00am. All are encouraged to attend, especially those who have lost a loved one during the past year. Each of these recently deceased members of our community will be hon- ored during this special Mass. A highlight of our gathering will be the presence of Fr. John Paul Erick- son, the Director of Worship for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, as our guest celebrant — yes, we had been expecting Bishop Lee Piche, an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese, however, the Bishop was called away at the last minute; thus, we are pleased to welcome Fr. Erickson.

One private offering can be the use of our annual “We Remember” booklet for your personal prayer.

Our Pastoral Care Department — a BIG THANK YOU to Mary Kay Hird, our Pastoral Care Adminis- trative Assistant, for her good work — invited all our parish families who lost a loved one this past year to submit a biography for their deceased member.

We then organize all these offerings into our We Re- member booklet. Everyone is encouraged to include one of these individuals in your daily prayer during this month of November. FYI — the booklets can be found near the baptismal font in church.

Another offering that is both private and communal can be for you to utilize our “Book of Remembrance.”

You are invited to write the names of your deceased loved ones in this parish book. These names are then included in our daily Masses throughout the month of November. FYI — this book is also found near the baptismal font in church.

Yes, we are members of the Communion of Saints, and we do believe in the power of prayer. I encour- age everyone to take time during this month of November to celebrate these two tenets of our Christian faith.

God bless, Fr. Brian