Dear Parishioners of St. James,
Sunday, November 1st, is All Saints Day, a Holy Day of Obligation, and a solemn holy day of the Catholic Church. This day is dedicated to the saints of the church; in other words, all those who have entered heaven.
All Saints Day is a special day in the Church set aside to commemorate not only the saints in heaven we may be more familiar with, those who have been canonized by the Catholic Church, but also every individual who has entered heaven, even those who salvation is known only to God alone. On this day, the Church commemorates all saints in heaven and the work God did in their lives. This gives them a place in the liturgical calendar, along with the more famous saints. The whole body of the saints in heaven, even our sainted relatives and friends, are remembered on this special day.
The Catholic Church remembers and takes seriously its profession of the entire communion of saints. We rely on … The intercession of the saints as “Being more closely united to Christ, those who dwell in heaven fix the whole Church more firmly in holiness . . . [T]hey do not cease to intercede with the Father for us, as they proffer the merits which they acquired on earth through the one mediator between God and men, Christ Jesus . . . So by their fraternal concern is our weakness greatly helped.” Do not weep, for I shall be more useful to you after my death and I shall help you then more effectively than during my life.496
I want to spend my heaven in doing good on earth.497CCC:956
All saints in heaven, pray for us.
~ Sources: Catechism of the Catholic Church; Catholic Answers.com