All Saints’ Day – November 1st, but often celebrated the following Sunday – is the day the Church honors all Holy Ones, known and unknown. Our English word “saint” literally means “holy.” While we have information about many Saints, and we honor them on specific days, there are many unknown or unsung Saints, whom we celebrate on All Saints’ Day. The Commemoration of All Faithful Departed, more commonly known as All Souls’ Day, falls on November 2nd. This day is set aside to remember those who have died to whom we have a more personal connection. Día de los Muertos is the traditional Mexican celebration of these two days. These celebrations of All Saints’, All Souls’, and Día de los Muertos are tied in with the belief in the Communion of Saints, that all of God’s people, in this earthly life and in the various states of the larger life, are connected in one communion.
On All Saints’ Sunday, all are encouraged to bring pictures and/or mementos of loved ones who have died, to be placed on the altar. A sign-up sheet will also be available if you would like your loved one’s name added to the list of those remembered.