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St. Vincent dePaul Meeting - Saturday, November 01, 2014 at 9:00am
St. Peter in Chains Cathedral

Prayer Shawl - Saturday, November 01, 2014 at 9:30am

Religious Ed Class - Sunday, November 02, 2014 at 10:30am
646 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

RCIA CLASS - Wednesday, November 05, 2014 at 7:00pm
646 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Men's Prayer Group - Thursday, November 06, 2014 at 12:00pm
Church

Prayer Shawl - Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 9:30am
646 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Jail Ministry - Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 8:30am

Tender Mercies - Sunday, November 30, 2014 at 11:30am
Tender Mercies

 

On All Saints’ Day we celebrate the lives of the people whom we believe entered Heaven upon their physical deaths. On All Souls’ Day, we extend our prayers to all Christians who have passed from this life. In both cases we celebrate our belief that all who die in Christ will rise in Christ.

On January 20 of this year, after a three week struggle with a failing liver, I lost my brother Dan. While we had not lived in the same city for over fifteen years, we still talked with each other on a monthly basis. These conversations would last hours – usually an entire afternoon or evening. With his passing, I lost not only a person with whom I had shared my entire life, but a person whose personality (quirks and all) and actions (good and bad) had shaped me beyond my capacity for words.

The truth is, though, that I am certainly not the only person at St. Xavier Church who lost a dear sibling, companion, or friend this year. With the passing of spouses, parents and grandparents many of us have felt the sting of death, felt the gaping hole left in us as someone was torn from the fabric of our own lives.

What is it for us to live with only the memory of a person? As I think about my brother now, I feel joy and sadness at who he was for me and the parts of him I will miss. Yes, he is gone, but not forgotten. But even more…he lives still.

The celebration of All Saints and All Souls is the time when we call to mind our belief that those who have died in Christ, will also rise in Christ.

On these days, we are well guided by the words of

1 Corinthians 15 to exclaim, “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (vs. 55)

While we no longer see the physical bodies of those who have passed away, we are still united with them as part of the mystical body of Christ. Today, as we celebrate Christ’s triumph over death during the Eucharist, we also celebrate the mystical union we share both with Christ and with all of those who have gone before us.

During the Eucharist today, let us sing and pray along with the souls of our dearly departed.

Which person would you most like to be praying with this day?

Rev. Paul A. Lickteig, S.J.

 

Sunday Mass Schedule
Saturday 4 PM
Sunday 7, 9, 10:30 AM, 12 & 5 PM

Weekday Mass Schedule
6 & 11:30 AM

Saturday Morning Mass
7 AM

Holy Day Mass Schedule
6,  11 AM, 12 & 5 PM

Confessions
Monday thru Saturday 11 AM - 12 PM

 Columbus Day, Monday October 13

Mass at 6 AM only

No confessions on the holiday.

 

 
 
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