Every year on November 1 the universal Catholic Church commemorates the Feast of All Saints. Locally, the day is marked by traditions of visiting the tombs of deceased family and friends and in many instances, cleaning and working to restore burial sites of people of all faith traditions, but as it is a Holy Day of Obligation, Catholics are required to attend Mass.
New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond will celebrate two public Masses on All Saints Day. The first will be at 9:30 am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Belle Chasse where he will celebrate Mass with the parish community, including the school children and bless the graves at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cemetery. At 3 pm, Archbishop Aymond will celebrate Mass and Blessing of the Graves at All Saints Mausoleum at Lake Lawn Cemetery.
The following is a sampling of other special events to commemorate All Saints Day in local church parishes.
Holy Name of Mary, Algiers – Mass at 10 am followed by Blessing of the Graves at 11 am at St. Mary’s and St. Barthelomew Cemeteries.
Our Lady Star of the Sea, New Orleans – Outdoor Mass at 10 am at St. Roch Cemetery.
Our Lady of Lourdes, Slidell – Outdoor Mass at the cemetery followed by Blessing of the Graves.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Westwego – Mass at 9:30 am followed by Belssing of the Our Lady or Prompt Succor Cemetery and Mausoleum
St. Agnes, Jefferson – 12 hour Eucharistic Adoration beginning after 8:30 am Mass. Candles will be lit in memory of deceased loved ones and the Rosary will be recited every hour.
St. Gertrude, Des Allemands – Blessing of the Graves at St. Gertrude Cemetery at 2 pm.
St. Peter, Covington – Blessing of the Graves at Pinecrest Memorial Gardens at 10 am.
Parishes throughout the metro area will celebrate Masses according to their “Holy Day” schedules, many beginning with Vigil Masses this evening, October 31. The parish “Holy Day” schedules can be found online at www.archdiocese-no.org under “Parish/Mass Time Search” of through the iPhone app, iFaith.