Sunday, August 30, 2009

Memorial Service for Faithful Departed at Notre Dame Cemetery, Ottawa

Notre Dame Cemetery in winter

In the weeks of late summer and early fall, mindful of the Solemnity of the Assumption and that the days around November 1 and 2 can be quite cool, Catholics in Canada have services (sometimes even the Eucharist) in our cemeteries to pray for the faithful departed.

Today, I will officiate at the first of these (using the readings for the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, All Souls Day November 2) at Notre Dame Cemetery at 2 PM.

A similar service will be held at Hope Cemetery on September 27 at the same time. Many parishes with cemteries are holding similar gatherings for prayer and remembrance at this time.

May the their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

Priests Retreat August 31-September 3

Light blogging this week as I will be directing the Ottawa English Sector Priests' Retreat at Cap-de-la-Madeleine

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