November 1 is marked annually in the Catholic liturgical calendar as a day to remember and venerate saints from around the world and throughout history– not only those known and canonised, but also all unknown as well.
In the 4th century, All Saints’ Day traditions served to honour the great number of individuals martyred for their faith during the persecutions in the late Roman Empire. It was during the 8th century that Pope Gregory III declared that all saints be remembered on November 1.
All Saints’ Day is an opportune time to consider the example saints offer us today and to reflect on how we can imitate their holiness. As Pope Benedict XVI remarked in 2011, All Saints’ Day calls us “to see the Church… as Christ wanted it, that is, as the communion of saints”.
All Souls’ Day follows All Saints’ Day on November 2, when Catholics remember, pray and offer Mass for the souls in Purgatory, that they may be purified and attain the Beatific Vision.”
While no longer Holy Days of Obligation in Australia (http://cathnews.acu.edu.au/108/103.php), All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day mark two very special celebrations for Catholics.
Most parishes in the Archdiocese of Brisbane will be marking these days but if possible please check with your local parish office for the precise Mass times.
For those working or travelling into the city the Cathedral of St Stephen will be celebrating Mass at the following times:
Thursday, 1 November
Friday, 2 November
Released by The Catholic Communications Office
Oct 31, 2012