Saints´Feast Days Coming Up, XXXI Sunday in ordinary time


All Saints Day-Feast Day November 1st. All Saints day is a solemn holy day of the Catholic Church celebrated annually on November 1st and is a day of holy obligation where Catholics are bound to celebrate in the Holy Mass.The day is dedicated to all the saints of the Church but is especially designed to honour the blessed who have not been canonized and who do not have a special saints day. The saints are all those that have attained the beatific vision of heavenliving a holy liferetaining any stain of venial sins.aremen and women who have attained holiness through Christ and have persevered in the Christian faith having lived a life of extraordinary virtue. The word saint comes from the Latin word «Sanctus», meaning holy. The feast was formally started by Pope Boniface 1Vwho consecrated the Parthenon in Rome to the Virgin Maryto all the martyrs on May 13th in 609 Ad,wasn’t firmly establishedNovember 1st by Pope Gregory 111 in the mid eighth century. The Saints are very important for a variety of reasons firstly they intercede for us here on earth and for those souls in purgatory . Secondly they are exemplary examples of how toa fullin Christ and attain heaven.


All Souls Day-Feast Day November 2nd. All Souls Day is a solemn celebration in the Roman Catholic Church comemorating all the faithful, who have died and are now in Purgatory being cleansed from any stainvenial sin before they enter heaven.Through Gods mercy these souls are saved and die in a state of gracethey themselves choose to go to Purgatory so that they are spotless before they meet God, Purgatory means purification.TeresaCalcuttaPurgatory as» a blessing.»The suffering theyisspiritualto be with Jesus ,which is every soulsdesire ,for our Lord is» Love» in its ultimate and purest form.The Virgincontinues to bring them refreshment of hope and encouragement for they are her beloved children.the month of November the church encourages us to rememberdead through prayer, charity and Mass to help release their soulsPurgatory as once they are,can no longer attend confession ,pray or intercede for themselves. They in turn when they reach heaven will intercede for us. There are two plenary indulgences attached to All Souls Day one for attending Mass in the Church and another for visiting a cemetery and praying for those who are deceased.The merits of the indulgences are only apllicable to the souls in Purgatory. Praying for the dead is a Christian obligation.


St Charles Borromeo-Feast Day November 4th. Charles was born in 1538 to an ancient noble family in Lombardy and Charle’s mother was a Medici. From a young age Charles had great concern for the poor and donatedall the proceeds of a Benedictine abbey that was left to him by a rich uncle to charity. He attended the university of Pavia where he studied civil and cannon law. In 1559 his uncle Giovanni Medici became Pope Pius 1V and Charles was made a cardinal / deaconjust 21.Borromeo was named superviser of the Franciscans , Carmelites and knights of Malta. Charles was ordained to the priesthood in 1563,became a bishop and was appointed Archbishop of Milan in 1564, which wasthe largest diocese in Italy.Milan he was an active reformer ,simplifying interiors and clearing many tombs of their ornaments. He wasstrongof the Counter- Reformation restoring order and integrity to the Catholic Church ,educating the clergyestablished many seminariesand schools that followedan austereof life and thinking. He helped to create a Tridentine Catechism and oversaw the last section of the council of Trent .Extremely hard working he became sickwith a fever in 1584 and died aged 46. Popular devotion to him grew and he was canonised in 1610 by Pope Paul V. He is the patron saint of catechists, cardinals, bishops and seminaries.


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