Remembering our beloved dead

Amid the excitement of Halloween, the church also is preparing for the Feasts of All Saints and All Souls.

At Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Springfield, the Feast of All souls is  a special way for families who have lost a loved one in the previous year to come together.

A time to remember loved ones

Parishioners and their families are invited to offer a memorial candle at Mass during a litany of names. They then bring the candle home for a prayerful rememberance.

Lighting a candle of remembrance

After Mass, the congregation gathers for refreshments and to socialize. The evening is sponsored by the Pastoral Council Spiritual Life Commission.

Fellowship following the Mass

This year’s Mass will be Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

Photos and information courtesy of Sister of St. Joseph Betty Matuszek, pastoral minister at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish in Springfield.