On Thursday, November 2 at 10:00 a.m., Bishop Gregory Parkes will celebrate Mass in observance of All Souls’ Day at Calvary Catholic Cemetery (5233 118th Avenue N. Clearwater).
Catholics around the world take part in the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day), a time to pause, reflect and pray for our dearly departed during a special Mass dedicated to all souls. While we are called to pray often for those who have passed on and every Mass includes such prayers, this special day is the beginning of a month-long period of reflection.
Please gather with us around the outdoor altar as Bishop Parkes and some of the priests of the Diocese of St. Petersburg celebrate Mass on All Soul’s Day.
Ample shade-covered seating is provided or you are welcome to bring your own folding chairs or a blanket and sit beneath the majestic trees of the cemetery.
The Catholic Church believes the bodies of the dead must be treated with respect and charity, in faith and hope of the Resurrection. The burial of the dead is a corporal work of mercy; it honors the children of God, who are temples of the Holy Spirit. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2300)
“Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.”
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