All Saints Day – Celebrate with us on Sunday, November 1st in the Parish Life Center
All Souls’ Day Mass of Remembrance Monday, November 2nd – 7pm Where: Parish Life Center
All are welcomed to honor, pray and light a candle for your deceased loved ones who have gone before us in faith.
Any parishioner who has lost a relative between November 1, 2019 and October 31, 2020 is welcomed to include their name in our virtual Book of Remembrance below, and will be invited to light a candle in their honor at the All Souls’ Mass.
Eternal Rest grant unto them, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them.
Would you like us to display your Saint’s relic at our All Saints Masses on November 1st?
For All Saints Day we are planning a diplay of relics for viewing and prayer at all the Masses. If you would like to have your relic included in the display please email Chris Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is a Relic?
The word relic comes from the Latin relinquo, literally meaning I leave, or I abandon. A relic is a piece of the body of a saint, an item owned or used by the saint or an object which has been touched to the tomb of a saint. ..
It may seem strange that Christianity, which so adheres to the belief in the resurrected body after the final judgment, should attach veneration to body parts of the faithful departed. But …in a religion as spiritually centered as Christianity, the remains of certain dead are surrounded with special care and veneration. This is because the mortal remains of the deceased are associated in some manner with the holiness of their souls which await reunion with their bodies in the resurrection.
…several scriptural passages…support the veneration of relics. For example, the Israelites took Joseph’s bones when they departed Egypt (Ex. 13:19). The bones of Elisha came in contact with a dead person who then was raised to life (2 Kings 13:21). The same Elisha took the mantle of Elijah and fashioned a miracle with it (2 Kings 2:13). The Christians of Ephesus, by using handkerchiefs and cloths touched to St. Pauls skin, affected the healing of the sick (Acts 19:12)….
To venerate the relics of the saints is a profession of belief in several doctrines of the Catholic faith: (1) the belief in everlasting life for those who have obediently witnessed to Christ and His Holy Gospel here on earth; (2) the truth of the resurrection of the body for all persons on the last day; (3) the doctrine of the splendor of the human body and the respect which all should show toward the bodies of both the living and the deceased; (4) the belief in the special intercessory power which the saints enjoy in heaven because of their intimate relationship with Christ the King; and (5) the truth of our closeness to the saints because of our connection in the communion of saints we as members of the Church militant or pilgrim Church, they as members of the Church triumphant.
The relics of the saints and their veneration is just another in the long line of treasures which Jesus Christ has given to His chaste bride, the Church. These relics summon us to appreciate more profoundly not only the heroic men and women, boys and girls who have served the Master so selflessly and generously, but especially the love and mercy of the Almighty who called these His followers to the bliss of unending life in His eternal kingdom. (This is what I would like people to get from this display).
The reliquary in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of Most Precious Blood Catholic Church gives a place of honor to the martyrs of the Church. To the Lord who asked, “Can you drink the cup that I drink?” (Mark 10:38), they answered with their lives.
The stained glass laurel leaves recall the crown of victory awarded in ancient Greece. It shows the glory of the crown of thorns worn by Jesus and his martyrs. He promises, “Do not be afraid of anything that you are going to suffer….Remain faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life” (Revelation 2:9-10).
The chalice is one of the chalices regularly used to offer the Blood of Christ during Mass. In communion with the saints, we drink from the same cup of the martyrs. “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes” (1 Corinthians 26).
The round luna mounted on the chalice holds the physical remains of a martyr. It calls to mind the Body of Christ. The bodily suffering of the martyrs’ shares in the passion of the King of Martyrs, Jesus Christ. With Saint Paul, the martyrs can say, “In my flesh, I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body, which is the church” (Colossians 1:24).
The reliquary was dedicated on July 24, 2016 by Bishop Sabino of the Diocese of Arua in honor of the Ugandan martyrs Daudi Okelo and Jildo Irwa.
The word “martyr” comes from the Greek word meaning “witness.” The Most Precious Blood of Christ makes a special connection between our parish and the martyrs for the faith. The blood of the martyrs gives witness to the Blood of Christ. He poured out his blood to wash us clean and take away the sins of the world.