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Sunday, November 1st at 8:00 a.m.
New Livestream Time
Indoor Mass McKean Rd

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Sunday, November 1 at 9:30 a.m.
Outdoor Mass McKean Rd Reserve Now
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Sunday, November 1 at 11 a.m.
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ALL SOULS MASS ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2020

INSIDE THE CHURCH AT 8:00 AM
Dear Parishioners, 

We start the month of November and during this month we especially pray for our dearly departed. You have received the All Souls envelopes and I encourage you to use them by writing the names of your loved ones who passed away and offer a Mass for them. Why shall we do that? 

The offering of Mass for the repose of the soul of the faithful departed is linked with our belief in Purgatory. We believe that if a person has died fundamentally believing in God but with venial sins and the hurt caused by sin, then God in His divine love and mercy will first purify the soul. After this purification has been completed, the soul will have the holiness and purity needed to share in the beatific vision in heaven. While each individual stand judgment before the Lord and must render an account of his life, the communion of the Church shared on this earth continues.  

The Vatican Council II affirmed, "This sacred council accepts loyally the venerable faith of our ancestors in the living communion which exists between us and our brothers who are in the glory of heaven or who are yet being purified after their death..." (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, No. 51). Therefore, just as we pray for each other and share each other's burdens now, the faithful on earth can offer prayers and sacrifices to help the departed souls undergoing purification, and no better prayer could be offered than that of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The offering of Mass and other prayers or sacrifices for the intentions of the faithful departed are good and holy acts. This practice is not new. The Catechism asserts, "From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic Sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God" (No. 1032).  

The testimony of the Church Fathers beautifully supports this belief of offering Masses for the departed: St. Cyril of Jerusalem (d. 386), in one of his many catechetical discourses, explained how at Mass both the living and dead are remembered, and how the Eucharistic Sacrifice of our Lord is of benefit to sinners, living and dead. St. Ambrose (d. 397) preached, "We have loved them during life; let us not abandon them in death, until we have conducted them by our prayers into the house of the Lord." St. John Chrysostom (d. 407) stated, "Let us help and commemorate them. If Job's sons were purified by their {ether's sacrifice, why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation?” Finally, Pope St. Gregory (d. 604) said, "Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them. "  

One may wonder, " What if the person's soul has already been purified and gone to heaven?"We on earth know neither the judgment of God nor the divine time frame; so, there is always goodness in remembering our departed and commending them to God through prayer and sacrifice. However, if indeed the departed soul has been purified and now rests in God's presence in heaven then those prayers and sacrifices offered benefit the other souls in purgatory through the love and mercy of God.  

Therefore, we find not only the origins of this practice dating to the early Church, but we also clearly recognize its importance. When we face the death of someone, even a person who is not Catholic, to have a Mass offered for the repose of his soul and to offer our prayers are more beneficial and comforting than any other sympathy card or bouquet of flowers. Most importantly, we should always remember our own dearly departed loved ones in the Holy Mass and through our own prayers and sacrifices to help in their gaining eternal rest. 

Fr. Tad
Outreach's Annual 
Sacred Heart Community Service
food & turkey drive will take place
November 8, 15 & 22.

Outreach will be collecting non-perishable food including pop-top cans (corn, green beans, pinto beans, etc.) for Sacred Heart Community Service at Masses on
Nov. 8 & Nov. 15. You may also drop off non-perishables November 3 - November 12 between Tuesday - Thursday between
9:00 am -1:00 pm. at the Parish office.

Outreach will collect frozen turkeys
(12- 15lbs) on Nov. 22 at Masses.
OASIS High School Youth Ministry presents our annual Christmas Wreath & Garland Fundraiser!

All proceeds will go to the Youth Ministry program at Saint Anthony Church.

Please fill out the following order form and submit your payment in cash or a check made out to Saint Anthony Church by dropping the form and payment off in the office drop box (to the left of the office door) or directly to us after the Outdoor Masses on Sunday November 8th.

The deadline to submit order forms is
Sunday November 8th.

Pickup will be after all Masses on Sunday December 6th.
Weekday Mass :
Now indoors in the church

(Now Live-streaming)
Tuesday - Friday
8:00 a.m.
 
***No reservations Needed***
 
TUESDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY

Tuesday Morning Bible study is now on break after finishing the study on Acts: The Spread of the Kingdom by Jeff Cavins ( Ascension Press). It was the most enjoyable, enlightening, and relevant, study complete with the adventure, excitement, & suspense of a movie!

Our next study, which begins in January 2021, is Jesus, the Way, the Truth, and the Life (Ascension Press). This weekly DVD study program is filmed in the Holy Land so you can see where Jesus lived and walked. The deadline to be included in the group order for the study material is November 23!

Meanwhile there will be a Special one time session for November 3 and December 1. The topics for: 1. November 3 is the Good News--the Four Gospels with a bonus on Bishop Barron's speech from the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast; 2.  December 1 is on Why Catholics believe in Angels.

Due to the pandemic our studies are done virtually through Zoom. Our meetings are on Tuesday mornings from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. All are welcome!

For information regarding the special sessions on November 3 or December 1, or to join the new weekly study on Jesus in January 2021, please contact Faye Careway HFGENRL@comcast.net
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