November has been designated by the Church as a month to pray in a particular way for the Faithful Departed. Throughout the month there will be a Book of Life near the baptismal pool for parishioners to inscribe the names of departed loved ones you would like us to remember in our Masses and prayers throughout the month.
This Monday evening at 7:00 we will be celebrating our annual Service of Remembrance for the one hundred and ten people buried from St. Isidore over the past year. We have invited their families to join us. During the service, a candle will be lit for each deceased loved one as they are prayed for and honored by name. Those candles, in turn, will be burning in the sanctuary at weekend Masses throughout the month,
The cross, in honor of their loved one which has been placed on our memorial board in the back of the worship space will be returned to the family as part of the service. The crosses on the memorial board are a constant reminder to us to pray for our departed loved ones and their families. The crosses are also a reminder that the faithful departed are in truth still members of our parish, as physical death does not put an end to our union with each other in the Risen Christ.
We invite all members of the parish to join us for this service. It is an excellent opportunity for us to come together as a parish community to mourn the death of so many of our parishioners, several of whom were very active in our community for many years, and to surround their families with our love and support. Consoling the grieving is a very important Spiritual Work of Mercy. A reception will follow the service in the Social Hall.