Hi! This is John Nemmer again. I would like to talk with you about All Hallows’ Eve.
Now, Halloween has become one of the most popular holidays in the world today, a time when people dress up as their favorite characters and go Trick or Treating. While some people have related Halloween to early pagan celebrations, Halloween actually has Catholic roots in it.
The name itself comes from All Hallows’ Eve which is the vigil of All Saints’ Day when we remember all the holy men and women who are in Heaven. The day after, on November 2, we remember and pray for all the holy souls in Purgatory.
The Church gave us Halloween, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day to especially remember our deceased loved ones. This Halloween let’s ask all the holy saints to pray for us, and for us to pray for all the holy souls in Purgatory so that they will be welcomed into the loving arms of our God.
May the love of our Lord Jesus Christ, the help of the Holy Spirit, and the glory of God the Father be always with you all! Amen.
John is a regular writer for SGYM3 and shares insights and prayer language from the heart. He is a parishioner at St. Greg's and you can find John faithfully at Mass every week with his loving family. Feel free to say "hi" when you see him!