What is the difference between All Saints Day and All Souls Day?
All Saints and All Souls comprise the two-day celebration of the Communion of Saints – those who are with God in heaven and those who are on their way to heaven. On the Solemnity of All Saints, November 1, the Church celebrates those Christians who achieved spiritual maturity. It is a day to venerate all the holy men and women who have been canonized by the Church. A day later, on the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day), the Church remembers and prays for the faithful departed: our brothers and sisters who have died marked with the sign of faith. Particularly, we pray for all the souls in purgatory.
Masses to celebrate All Saints Day, a holy day of obligation, will be held at Saint Katharine Drexel on Monday October 31 at 4 p.m. and Tuesday at Saint John Kanty at 8:30 a.m. All are invited to attend.