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“Why do you Catholics have all those statues in your churches?” I can’t tell you how often I have been asked that question. There are many theological answers, yet I guess my best response is always, “Do you have pictures of your deceased loved ones in your house? Why do you have those?”
As we prepare to celebrate the Feast of All Saints and All Souls, we are reminded of the beautiful tradition in our Church of remembering our deceased family members throughout the month of November. We remember “official saints” of the Church: Dominic, Ignatius, Mary, Joseph, etc., but we also remember “unofficial saints,” my dad and your parents, grandparents, and treasured friends who have died. We pray to all of these holy men and women, for we believe that they are with God and sharing in the glory of the resurrection, and so we ask them to intercede for us and to pray for us that we might live our faith to the fullest.
As a reminder of our deep connection to those who have died in faith, I invite all parishioners to bring in a framed picture of your loved one who has died and place it on one of the window sills of the church on the weekend of November 1st-2nd. We will leave these pictures up throughout the month of November as a reminder of their presence with us at every Eucharist as well as every family gathering. These pictures will join our statues of Mary and Joseph in the front of the church and inspire us to live in hope as we follow the way of Jesus, confident that one day we will see our loved ones again and enjoy their presence to the fullest. At the end of the month you will be asked to take your picture home again. Please consider participating in this ritual as I know it will be a beautiful symbol to the entire community of our “communion with the saints!”
Also, please note that there are binders at all of the church entrances where you may list the names of all of your deceased family members who have died throughout the years. These books will be placed at the base of the Easter candle throughout the month of November and our deceased loved ones will be remembered at all of the masses.