On All Saints Day masses in our church will be celebrated on the following hours: 9 AM and 6.30 PM in English and 6.30 AM, 7 AM, 11 AM and 8 PM in Polish. Join us.
All Saints Day, the day on which Catholics celebrate all the saints, known and unknown, is a beautiful feast. It arose out of the Christian tradition of celebrating the martyrdom of saints on the anniversary of their martyrdom. When martyrdoms increased during the persecutions of the late Roman Empire, local dioceses instituted a common feast day in order to ensure that all martyrs, known and unknown, were properly honored. The current date of November 1 was instituted by Pope Gregory III (731-741), when he consecrated a chapel to all the martyrs in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and ordered an annual celebration. This celebration was originally confined to the diocese of Rome, but Pope Gregory IV (827-844) extended the feast to the entire Church and ordered it to be celebrated on November 1.
All Saints Day remind us that we all are called to sainthood and sanctity of life. Every person should try to grow in holiness and perfection. Since we are just humans and not able to achieve that state of perfection by our effort only, God gives offers us all His help sharing us with his blessing and graces. However since He has given us free will, it is up to us to open ourselves to his graces. We should try to receive the sacraments as often as possible.
In the United States and other countries, the bishops have received permission from the Vatican to abrogate (temporarily waive) the requirement for Catholics to attend Mass on certain Holy Days of Obligation, when those Holy Days fall on either Saturday or Monday. Because of this, some Catholics have become confused about whether certain Holy Days are, in fact, Holy Days of Obligation. All Saints Day (November 1) is one such Holy Day. Of course, even in those years when we aren’t required to attend, celebrating All Saints Day by attending Mass is a wonderful way to honor the saints, who constantly intercede with God for us.