Today and continuing over the next several days of November, the University of San Diego’s Founders Chapel will serve as the campus community’s space to celebrate the Feast of All Saints (Nov. 1), followed by The Immaculata’s masses in recognition of the Feast of All Souls (Nov. 2) and then a special remembrance of our personal beloved dead will be observed at subsequent Founders Chapel masses over a nine-day period starting on Sunday, Nov. 3.
All Saints Day, to be celebrated today at Founders Chapel’s 12:15 p.m. mass and tonight at The Immaculata’s 7 p.m. mass, is a chance to honor those who officially are recognized as Saints and also the people we meet each day who inspire us by living exemplary Christian lives.
A Saint is someone who has been canonized — officially recognized by the church as having lived a holy life and who now enjoys the fullness of life with God and is worthy of public veneration by the faithful.
Back in September, Pope Francis announced that he would add two of his predecessors, Pope John XXIII and Pope John II, to the list of formally recognized Saints. The formal celebration of this act will take place on April 27, 2014.
The Feast of All Souls will be celebrated on Saturday, Nov. 2 at The Immaculata’s 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. masses. The Feast of All Souls is a day to remember the faithful departed. It’s a day to reconnect with the love of those who have been welcomed into God’s eternal embrace, but are still present to us, still love us, and who live on in and through us.
Following these two days of celebration and reflection, Founders Chapel’s regularly scheduled masses — Sunday night’s 7 and 9 p.m. masses, daily mass at 12:15 p.m. and Wednesday’s 9 p.m. Mass for Peace — will be an opportunity to remember our own. If you are interested in providing Founders Chapel with the name of a person you’d like remembered during these masses, please fill out a yellow card and place it in the container in front of the chapel’s altar. The card will be a visible reminder at the altar for the USD campus community’s mindfulness of people who’ve gone before us.
— Inside USD staff and University Ministry