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Monday, November 01, 2010

God’s Gift of Remembrance

By Msgr. Patrick Pollard

One of the greatest gifts that God has given to all of humankind is “the gift of memory”. In the sacred words of Eucharistic Consecration we hear the words of Jesus say to us, “do this in memory of me”. To remember someone is both a blessed and cherished moment.

The Church dedicates the first day of November to the remembrance of all the known  Saints and the remainder of the month to all the faithful departed as they strive to achieve their place in heaven as future Saints of God.

In this regard it is fitting that on Catholic Cemetery Sunday – November 7th – we are especially invited to visit a Catholic Cemetery to pray for and “remember” our beloved dead.

It is through our Baptism - as people of faith, signed as children of God - that unites us as one. We the living and our beloved dead who have passed from this life to life eternal remember Christ’s words, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.”

Visitation to a Catholic cemetery invokes memories of lives lived, loves shared and hope in God and His promises to us. Burial in a Catholic cemetery is a statement of continued belief in everlasting life visibly expressed through shrines, sculptures and stained glass.

Gather with us on Sunday, November 7th  as we pray the Rosary at 2:00 pm.  Let your visit to a Catholic cemetery on this Sunday be a time for prayer and remembrance.

For the schedule of the entire day’s events and the participating cemeteries, please visit our website at or call (708) 449-6100.