Anyone who was raised immersed in the Catholic faith values the rewards of Heaven as an eternal glory for the soul. Therefore, Purgatory is not the goal of any Catholic for one’s afterlife.
If the afterlife is a path, then Purgatory is a sort of dead-end, an endless round-about, a road to nowhere. Catholics believe it’s where the soul goes when one has not yet earned the passage to neither Heaven nor Hell. Those who pass away without confessing their venial sins or without having paid penance for their wrong-doings find their souls essentially trapped in Purgatory, where they are sentenced for eternity unless those among the faithful living do something. All Soul’s Day is a way for Catholics to cleanse Purgatory souls of their sins so they may ascend to heaven.
On All Soul’s Day, the congregation merges prayers and faith on behalf of the lost souls of those who have passed. This year, St. John’s Parish will host an All Soul’s Day candle-lighting ceremony at the church on Saturday, Nov. 2. This follows the traditional All Saints Day Mass, which will take place twice on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
All Saints Day is the Catholic practice of celebrating all the saints, known and unknown, in honor of their martyrdom.
“If you have lost a loved one since Nov. 1 of 2012, add their name to the All Saints, All Soul’s Day list in the entry,” Fr. Wayne Gubbles announced to the parish. “You are invited to light a candle in their memory.”
Serving a home-cooked meal is a sure way to draw people to a church, but on Oct. 5, the Adel United Methodist Church is hoping a waffle breakfast will bring more than just fellowship. The UMC hopes it can trade warm waffles for monetary donations to the cystic fibrosis cause. All are welcome. Breakfast is served at 7 a.m.
When people get married, it’s with a beautifully deep-seeded faith that it’s forever. But marriage means compromise, and it’s not always without challenges and discouragement. In honor of matrimony, New Hope Church will host a two-day Eternal Impact Marriage Conference, Oct. 18 – 19. Phil Downer from DNA Ministries, will be the featured speaker. Learn more at www.dnaministries.org.
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