The very identity of the Catholic Church, is being together as a loving community. We want the very best for one another and want to share all good things. As an evangelizing Church we want to share the ‘good news’ of Jesus Christ. Therefore, the Catholic Church sets aside the month of November to remember all those who have died. We honor this tradition at St. Ann by the Sea parish by celebrating a Mass of Remembrance for our deceased family members and friends. This gives our parish family an opportunity to gather together and to celebrate in prayer all the ways in which our loved ones continue to inspire and bless our daily lives.
“If one member suffers in the Body of Christ which is the Church, all members suffer with that member.”
1Cor12:26. When we gather together for the Eucharistic Celebration and at the Consecration, we are present together with Jesus and the Communion of Saints. Our deceased loved ones, who have crossed the threshold, are present at this moment with us. This wonder filled, awe inspiring reality can be a moment of conversion, healing and hope for those who mourn and the first bridge to the new relationship with our loved ones. When we hear, “Do this in memory of me,” we realize that we are not alone, that we are connected to the Source of all strength, consolation and hope. Our belief in the Paschal Mystery and our encounter with the Lord gives us certain hope; this hope helps those who mourn to rebuild their lives in order to establish a new spiritual relationship with the loved one who has died. The bereaved, then are helped to realize, that life with their loved one has not ended, but has changed, and is on a new spiritual level, a loving communion lived in the Spirit.
We invite you to join us this year for The Mass of Remembrance on Sunday, November 19th, at 11:30am. Special invitations have been mailed to those families who have celebrated the life of their loved ones at the parish this year and we will honor and pray for their families as they journey through this difficult year of grief.
Finally, the Book of Remembrance will remain in the Church by the Baptismal font through the month of November for the names that you add of those who have gone before us marked with the sign of faith. Please be assured that we will pray for each of your loved ones at the Mass.
Please call the parish to RSVP for the 11:30am Mass and a Celebration of Life reception which will include, sandwiches, salads, breads, desserts and refreshments. All are welcome to attend!