October 28, 2018 – A View from the Rectory Window

I have always been moved by the above image. It brings to mind Pope Francis’ homily at a Mass for All Souls’ Day, November 2, 2017 at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial in Nettuno, an Italian cemetery for American personnel killed in World War II.

He went on to say Today “the world is at war again and is preparing itself to go more heavily into war. No more, Lord! No more! With war, you lose everything This is what we should say today; that we pray for all the dead, but in this place we pray in a special way for these young people (killed in war).”

At the same time, the Holy Father noted, All those present at the cemetery today are “gathered together in hope,” he said. But often this hope has its roots in human suffering, such as the suffering of war. But it is “better to hope without this destruction,” he pointed out, and without the death of “thousands upon thousands” of young people.

Therefore, he said, “if today is a day of hope, today is also a day of tears. It’s tears that humanity today must not forget,” he emphasized.

We do not forget our loved ones, nor do we forget the hope of the Resurrection. For this reason, on Friday, November 2, at 7pm in the Church of the Resurrection, we will pray for all our faithful departed, and in particular, for those from our parish family who have died in the past year. I invite you to join with us as we celebrate All Souls Mass. At this Mass, you are invited to bring a picture of your loved one(s) even if they have not died in the past year so that they can be placed before the altar. May the God of all hope and consolation be with you and those you love.

Fr. Pete