PORTLAND---Loved ones who have died in the past year will be remembered in prayer during a Mass celebrated on Friday evening, November 8, at 6 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, located on 307 Congress Street in Portland.
The Mass commemorates All Souls’ Day (November 2), on which we pray for the souls of those who have died and are still in purgatory, being prepared for eternal life in heaven. Praying for the dead is one of the spiritual works of mercy.
During the Mass, the names of parishioners from the Portland Peninsula & Island Parishes (Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Parish, Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Parish, St. Louis Parish, St. Peter Parish, all in Portland; and St. Christopher Parish on Peaks Island) who passed away within the last year will be read aloud. In addition, a Book of Remembrance will be available for people to enter the names of loved ones from other areas. The names entered in the book will also be remembered at the Mass.
The Mass is organized by the Consoling Hearts Ministry, a group that provides prayerful support for the families of the deceased at the Portland Peninsula & Island Parishes. The group is also involved in helping to educate parishioners on death and related issues.
While commemorations of All Souls’ Day are solemn, they can also be hopeful.
“All Souls’ Day reminds us that God is at work here on earth, watching over us, guiding us, and sustaining us in our trials,” said Bishop Robert P. Deeley. “But we express our belief that God is also at work after death, establishing the justice that was missing in this fallen world, purifying the souls in purgatory, and enlightening the souls in heaven. In the hope which faith gives us, may the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.”
For more information about the Mass on Friday, contact the parish office at (207) 773-7746.