From the Pastor’s Desk,

October 21st we celebrated Boo Fest, an evening of fun and games, in the school and parking lot. This coming Monday evening we celebrate Halloween. Here in the Bible belt we hear of the “paganism” of this night and some are trying hard to remove the fun day/night from our society. We know that it was in 835 that Pope Gregory IV moved the commemoration of martyrs from May 13 to November the first. The night before became known as All Hallows Eve, or “holy evening,” and eventually it became Halloween. It will always be up to debate, if Pope Gregory was simply trying to assimilate the pagan peoples of Ireland and England into the church. The pagan people of these lands already had a celebration on that particular date. However, it was the Irish farmers living in Ireland hundreds of years ago, who prepared for the feasts of All Saints and All Souls Day by going door-to-door the night before collecting food and goods for a village feast and bonfire. Those who contributed were promised prosperity; those who didn’t received threats of bad luck. And, yes you are right, the Irish Catholics who immigrated in the 1800’s brought this practice of “trick-or-treating” with them. The rest is the great United States use of advertising and commercialism. Next to Christmas, Halloween is the largest “money maker holiday” for businesses. Unfortunately, our society has turned a night of prayer and celebration into one of haunted houses, witches and ghosts. Wednesday, November 2 , we celebrate All Souls Day. It could be said that All Souls Day begins the Catholic Church’s Memorial Month. The Month of November begins with the feast of All Saints’ Day, followed by All Souls’ Day. We distinguish between our beloved dead who are in heaven, or “all saints,” who pray for us and “all souls” who are our loved ones who have died and for whom we are moved to pray. All Souls Day is for the poor souls who still may be undergoing the purging process of death-to-self that follows repentance. In the month of harvest and dying, the Catholic Church memorializes the dead and recognizes Jesus as Lord of the living and the dead. Tickets for our fall musical, “Guys and Dolls” will go on sale November 7th at St. Agnes Parish Office in the morning, beginning at 8 am and at the high school from 11am to 1pm. This is a fun comedy set in the 1950’s. I hope you come and enjoy the show. The dates for the show are November, 18, 19, & 20. Three of our students here at St. Agnes are among the leads, 8 more in supporting roles. They are also Altar Servers, Extra Ordinary Eucharistic Ministers, and Cantors at Sunday Liturgies. Come enjoy a great show and support our youth.

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