Next weekend will be more than a little different than the usual because All Saints Day is Saturday and All Souls Day is Sunday. So? So, Saturday is NOT a Church Holyday this year--and Sunday is not actually a normal Sunday but is, instead, All Souls Day. That means that the Saturday, Nov. 1st, evening Mass will, also, be an All Souls Day Mass. The 8:00 AM Saturday morning Mass, however, will be the All Saints Day Mass --but, again, Saturday is not a Holyday. Got all that?
Now, for many years it has been a beautiful tradition at St. Matthias Parish that, during the special All Souls Day Mass, we read all the names of those beloved and sorely missed parishioners, family members and friends who have died over the past year. This year, because the Saturday evening and all the Sunday Masses are All Souls Masses, we will read a portion of those names at each Mass. Please drop-off or email to the rectory the names of those you wish to be remembered on All Souls Weekend this year--and, please, indicate the Mass at which you prefer the names to be read (Saturday 5:00 pm; Sunday 8:00 am, 10:30 am, or 4:00 pm). We promise to do our best to fulfill your requests but, please, we need you to get the names to us in writing as early this week as possible. Thanks.
Here is a poem/prayer by the Irish poet/teacher/priest John O'Donohue that seems particularly appropriate for our All Souls remembrances this year.
ON THE DEATH OF A BELOVED
Though we need to weep your loss, You dwell in that safe place in our hearts, Where no storm or might or pain can reach you.
Your love was like the dawn Brightening over our lives Awakening beneath the dark A further adventure of colour.
The sound of your voice Found for us A new music That brightened everything.
Whatever you enfolded in your gaze Quickened in the joy of its being; You placed smiles like flowers On the altar of the heart. Your mind always sparkled With wonder at things.
Though your days here were brief, Your spirit was live, awake, complete.
We look towards each other no longer From the old distance of our names; Now you dwell inside the rhythm of breath, close to us as we are to ourselves.
Though we cannot see you with outward eyes, We know our soul’s gaze is upon your face, Smiling back at us from within everything To which we bring our best refinement.
Let us not look for you only in memory, Where we would grow lonely without you. You would want us to find you in presence, Beside us when beauty brightens, When kindness glows And music echoes eternal tones.
When orchids brighten the earth, Darkest winter has turned to spring; May this dark grief flower with hope In every heart that loves you.
May you continue to inspire us:
To enter each day with a generous heart. To serve the call of courage and love Until we see your beautiful face again In that land where there is no more separation, Where all tears will be wiped from our mind, And where we will never lose you again.