A Note from Fr. Derek

A Note from Fr. Derek

Many thanks to all of you who have purchased a memorial candle, all of which are on display in the church this weekend. All of these candles, along with the Holy Day this past week (All Saints Day), remind us that the Church is communion of the faithful that includes not only our brothers and sisters who worship with us today, but all of those who have gone before us as well. In my column last week I mentioned the indulgences that can be applied to the faithful departed on All Souls’ Day as well as during the month of remember. These candles remind us that we who live  today are traditionally called the “Church militant,” that is to say, we are still fighting the good fight (see 2 Tim 4:7), and are called to pray for our brothers and sisters who have departed this life and may be in need of some purification prior to entering into the presence of the All-Holy Father. At the same time, we rely on the intercession, the prayers, of the members of the “Church triumphant,” our brothers and sisters who are now saints in the heavenly kingdom of God as we continue to make our way through this life.