LINCOLN (SNR) – St. John the Apostle Church in Lincoln hosted a special All Souls Day Mass Nov. 2, in remembrance of those whose funeral Masses were held at St. John during the past year.
Invitations were sent to family members of those being remembered, by the parish’s visiting ministry. The organization’s mission is to bring Christ’s love to a member of the parish who would benefit from a visit – the sick, the homebound, the lonely. They also coordinate two hours of Eucharistic adoration each year, in Advent and in Lent.
Assistant pastor Father Christopher Eckrich celebrated the Mass Nov. 2. The names of the deceased persons were read and a candle was lit for each. A reception followed for attendees to gather and remember their loved ones.
“All Souls Day is this unique moment in the Church’s life,” Father Eckrich explained, “where we, as a Church are able to step back and intentionally remember those who have gone before us, and lift them up through our prayers. The Poor Souls are actively involved in our lives.... They are constantly praying for us who are still striving for Heaven, because they know what it’s like to be human. They know our weaknesses, because they lived their weaknesses. They know our struggles, because they themselves endured them. So, because they know the hardships we suffer in the spiritual life as we strive for Christ, they constantly pray for us so that we may remain faithful to the Crosses God has allowed us to carry.... We all depend on each other as we grow closer to Christ.”