All Souls ~ Commemoration of Our Beloved Dead





All Souls Remembrance 


For I am convinced

that neither death, nor life,

nor angels, nor rulers,

nor things present, nor things to come,

nor powers, nor height, nor depth,

nor anything else in all creation,

will be able to separate us

from the love of God

in Christ Jesus our Lord.






The Liturgical Year—All Saints and All Souls

All the saints are celebrated each year on November 1;  however, most Christian traditions of honoring the dead are linked with All Souls Day on November 2.  On this day, we remember our own loved ones who have gone before us in faith.  These tributes extend beyond the day itself and last through the month of November, the Month of All Souls.  The days are now at their darkest; crops have been harvested; leaves have changed colors and are falling to the ground; while the readings of the liturgy direct our thoughts to the end times, when Christ will return in his full glory restoring the fullness of salvation to all creation.  What a perfect time to remember our beloved dead.








Give Them Light and Peace

green path in woods


God, who gives life to all who believe,
you dwell in unapproachable light,
yet your mercy leads those who hope in you
to a place in your presence before your throne.
Grant light and peace to our brothers and sisters
who have gone before us
marked with the sign of faith
and who have trusted in your never-ending love.
Bring the faithful departed into your kingdom
of light, happiness, and peace.
Give them a secure dwelling place
in the mansion of your holiness,
and let them shine with the light of your glory.
Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.














We remember them…


Bell Tower in Fall

In the rising of the sun and in its going down, we remember them.

In the beginning of the year and when it ends, we remember them.

In the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn, we remember them.

In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter, we remember them.

In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring, we remember them.

In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer, we remember them.

When we are weary and in need of strength, we remember them.

When we are lost and sick at heart, we remember them.

When we have joys we yearn to share, we remember them.

So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us, as we remember them.





 Hymns of Glory for All Souls Day




Prayer for Our Beloved Dead

Almighty God,

it is our certain faith that your Son,

who died on the cross,

was raised from the dead,

the first fruits of all who have fallen asleep.

Grant that through this mystery

your servants

who have gone to their rest in Christ,

may share in the joy of his resurrection.

I ask this through Christ our Lord.






 Earth hath no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.
-St. Thomas More






All you holy men and women, pray for us.


  A litany for the month of November


"And this is the will of the one who sent me, that I should not lose anything of what he gave me, but that I should raise it on the last day. For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him up on the last day."

- Jn 6:39-40 



 Our beloved deceased from the end of November 2018 through October 2019


Of Blessed Memory




All Souls waves



Joanne Christenhauz

Wilma Bose

Pascale Lamaze

Francis O’Neill

Joseph Claeys













Those who have died are still with us

and we are still connected with them.



Renee Cortez

Norma Hermann-Thomas

Mary Kurzava

Mildred Hamparian



Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled





“The right to weep must not be denied. Even Jesus was deeply moved and profoundly troubled by the bereavement of a family he loved. We can, instead, draw from the simple and powerful witness of many families who have known how to grasp, in the difficult passage of death, also the safe passage offered by the Lord, crucified and risen, with his irrevocable promise of the resurrection of the dead. The work of God's love is stronger than the work of death. We must seek to be 'accomplices' to that love, with our faith. … Death was defeated by Jesus on the cross. Jesus will restore all of us to our families.”                                                                                                                                    Pope Francis




Leonardeen Atkinson

Edward Rojas

Hugo Hesss

Guiancarlo Estupigan






All Souls Steps


George Van Antwerp

Dennis Berg

Walter Manasterski 


Those whom we love and lose

are no longer where they were before.  

They are now wherever we are.  

St. John Chrysostum








Brian Bennett

Judith Dunn

Margaret Anderson





There Is A Place


Dennis Stone



 rocks and water             


I am the resurrection.  

Whoever believes in Me shall never die. 




Virginia, Brotherton

Minnie Bartos

Ken Fry,

Patricia Kuczynski

Gladys “Betty” Horeski













 All Souls Sand





Mary Hirvela

Ronnie Garnsey

Evelyn Keller 


 Kitty Scanlon

Carolyn Smith








Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, 


and let  perpetual light shine upon them.


May the souls of the faithful departed,  


through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.




 A song for a time of loss






Here's the fated hour
This unwelcomed time
Where there's no pretending
Where we draw a line
Facing a truth that from now on 
Defines your life's journey...and mine

One last look for the moment
I already miss your grace
I see your physical features
But it's an empty face
If ever I wondered now I know for sure 
That you are in a better place

It weighs my heart, fills my head
Trust me -- This is taking so much more 
Than I could ever imagine
It rips me up, breaks me down
I'm torn apart 
But I'm holding to the faith we share
And I am still believing
Life goes on

When this goodbye's over
How do I go home 
Ladened with my memories 
And a heart like stone
I need the Lord to carry me
God knows I won't make it on my own

It weighs my heart, fills my head
Truly this is so much harder 
Than I could have ever imagined
Why're you looking for me here, 
At what remains, you seem to say 
It's almost like you're standing next to me
Whispering to me that

Life goes on
It weighs my heart, fills my head
Trust me -- This is taking so much more 
Than I could ever imagine
Why're you looking for me here, 
At what remains, you seem to say 
It's almost like you're standing next to me
Whispering to me that
Life goes on


Music & Lyrics: Judy Bailey
© Dyba Music



De Profundis

Out of the depths I cry to You, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.
Let Your ears be attentive to my voice in supplication.
If You, O Lord, mark iniquities, Lord, who can stand?
But with You is forgiveness, that You may be revered.
I trust in the Lord; my soul trusts in His word.
My soul waits for the Lord more than sentinels wait for the dawn.
More than sentinels wait for the dawn, let Israel wait for the Lord,
For with the Lord is kindness and with Him is plenteous redemption;
And He will redeem Israel from all their iniquities.




Sometimes our hearts may be filled with fear – fear of now, and fear of our future.

At times it may even be hard to say what we are afraid of, but we know that we are afraid.

God knows our fears, and God promises to listen to our deepest concerns,

to provide for all our needs, and to stay close to us when we are afraid.


"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior." (Isaiah 43:1-3)


"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)


"Don't be afraid. Just stand where you are and watch, and you will see the wonderful way the Lord will rescue you today." (Exodus 14:13)


"Don't be afraid, do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you. (2 Chronicles 20:17)


"Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes." (Matthew 6:34)


"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."(2 Timothy 1-7)


"I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears." (Psalms 34:4)



Jesus, you and I have both grieved. As you trusted your Father, may I learn to trust. As you experienced Resurrection may I experience resurrection. And when I grieve, be a part of me with your strength and compassion.