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wszystkich swietychDear Parishioners and Friends of Most Sacred Heart Church
Many cultures throughout the world observe a celebration in memory of those who have died. These celebrations remind those who participate in them of the brevity of life here on earth and also give those who are still living an opportunity to pay homage to the memory of those who have gone before them.

Each year the Catholic Church offers us an opportunity to reflect on these two truths – our lives on earth will one day end and the need to remember those who have died by offering prayer and sacrifice on their behalf. For men and women of faith, we look at death very differently than many in our secularized world. We do not see death as the fi- nal answer but rather as a part of the journey we embark on from the moment we are born and baptized. Death for the true believer is not victorious nor does it have the final word. We also know that while here on earth, we sometimes make choices that separate us from God and even though we repent of those sins, we still at times need to be puri- fied of our sins effect on our relationship with God. The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines purgatory as a “purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven”, which is experienced by those “who died in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified” (CCC 1030). The Catechism of the Catholic Church goes on to say “this final purification of the elect...Is entirely different from the punishment of the damned” (CCC1031). The purification is necessary because, as Scripture teaches, nothing unclear will enter the presence of God in heaven (Rev.2127) and while we may die with our mortal sins forgiven, there can still be many impurities in us, specifically ve- nial sins and temporal punishment due to sins already forgiven.” (Catholic Answers,” Purgatory” San Diego: Catholic Answers, 2004) So, as Sacred Scripture remind us it is a pious and holy thing to pray for the dead.

Our annual parish celebration of ALL SOULS DAY gives us an opportunity to partake in this “pious and holy” act on behalf of our relatives, friends and all the faithful departed who have gone before us. We should always remember them in our prayers.
Each day throughout November, the priests of Most Sacred Heart Church, in their Masses and private prayers, remember those whose names are submitted on the Parish All Souls Day Envelope Lists. It is a holy and pious act to remember those who have died. We, too one day will be where they now are. We, too, one day may be in need of the prayers and Masses of those who survive us.

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