November – Month of All Souls
The month of November starts with All
Saints Day and is followed by All Souls Day.
The entire month is dedicated to praying for all our deceased. Most Catholic parishes have a book to list
the names of our deceased for whom we pray.
At Sacred Heart Catholic School-IB PYP
Candidate School, we have a tradition of having our own Book of
Remembrance. We have asked students to
write the names of family and friends that have passed away on a slip of
paper. Those papers are inserted into
our Book of Rememberance, and we will name and pray for these loved ones during
our morning prayer over the announcements.
All Souls Day is recognized by Catholics, Orthodox Christians and some Protestant Christian churches.
some countries, unlike Canada, All Souls Day is a big event and is even a
national holiday. Many of the different traditions have their roots in older
customs in the area.
For example, in
Guatemala,it is a national holiday and people create huge kites near
During the month of November, we will be praying the traditional prayer for those who have died. It is called Eternal Rest:
Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord
And let perpetual light shine upon them.
May the souls of all the faithful departed,
Through the mercy of God, Rest in peace.
Donne-leur, Seigneur, le repos éternel
Et que brille sur eux la lumière de ta face.
Qu'ils reposent en paix. Amen."
Our Remembrance Day Liturgy will be on Friday, November 9, 2018. Our school Mass will be on Thursday, November 14, 2018