November – A Month of the Holy Souls

In the Catholic Church the month of November begins with the Solemnity of All Saints’ (1st November), followed by the ‘Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed – All Souls’ Day’ on the 2nd November. Together these days mark the start of a ‘Month of the Holy Souls’, (commonly known as the ‘month of the dead’) which ends either at the end of November, or the start of the season of Advent, depending on which comes first each year.

As this article explains, we as Christians have hope in the resurrection and therefore praying for those who have died is an important part of our faith:

All human civilizations have their own careful prescriptions regarding the dead — how to honour or pacify them, how to be kept apart from their physical corruption. For Christians, though, extending charity beyond the grave is an imitation of Christ’s mercy, which reached out to us even when we were spiritually dead.

Burying the dead is one of the seven corporal works of mercy, but it is also a sign of hope in Christ’s promise. The bodies of the dead are not discarded vessels, but integral parts of a human being that will be reunited on the last day. The separation is temporary, and they are still worthy of our respect and our love.

Let the dead have November’ by Clare Coffey

 

Primary Schools

Each week during November we have events or resources to help you to pray and reflect on the themes of this special month. Click the links below to go to these pages!

Holiness 31st Oct – 4th Nov

On the first week of November we celebrate two very important days to mark this season of remembrance – All Saints’ Day on Tuesday 1st November and All Souls’ Day on Wednesday 2nd November.

All Saints’ Day is so important that it is a Holy Day of Obligation – a day when we are all called to make time to celebrate Mass within our communities and to pray that we too will become Saints one day! Click below for resources to support you in preparing for those Masses:

NDCYS Mass planning and Extra-ordo-nary resource

All Saints’ Day Mass Scripture

Liturgy Office Guidance for Solemnities

Giving 7th – 11th Nov

Youth 14th – 18th Nov

Kingdom 21st – 25th Nov

Secondary Schools

On the first week of November we celebrate two very important days to mark this season of remembrance – All Saints’ Day on Tuesday 1st November and All Souls’ Day on Wednesday 2nd November.

All Saints’ Day is so important that it is a Holy Day of Obligation – a day when we are all called to make time to celebrate Mass within our communities and to pray that we too will become Saints one day! Click below for resources to support you in preparing for those Masses:

NDCYS Mass planning and Extra-ordo-nary resource

All Saints’ Day Mass Scripture

Liturgy Office Guidance for Solemnities

Throughout the month of November your usual daily Prayer Resources will reflect upon the Month of the Holy Souls. Resources for each of our 4 secondary schools can be found by clicking on the name of your school below:

All Saints’

Christ the King

The Becket

Trinity

Additional Resources

Prayers of Remembrance by CAFOD

A selection of prayers created by CAFOD for use throughout the Month of the Holy Souls.

Parish Resources

These resources, created by the Diocesan Director of Adult Formation for Mission, Joe Hopkins, have been designed to support Parishes but there are many useful resources including an Order of Service for a Remembrance Liturgy that can be led by Lay people, hymn suggestions and scripture suggestions too.

Remembrance Resource
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