The Gospel for the Feast of All Saints is the Beatitudes. These happiness sayings contrast with most people’s ideas of who are blessed or happy—the rich; successful; without sadness, loss, or death in their lives; people of high status. Jesus makes people think about their values.
Beatitude comes from the Latin word beata which means happy or blessed. Jesus’ eight Beatitudes in his Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel tell us whom God considers blessed and happy—the poor, the sorrowing, the meek, the peacemakers, those who hunger and thirst for justice, the pure of heart, those persecuted for Jesus’ sake.
Christians believe there is a connection between those of us who are alive and those who have gone before us in death, just as there is a bond between all members of the Church throughout the world. This is what All Saints Day celebrates.
- How can you make your classroom on earth more like God’s kingdom in Heaven?
- What are practical ways you can bring blessings to people who are poor, unhappy or left out?
Faith-Filled People: St. Jude
Feast Day: October 28
Patron of desperate causes, desperate situations and lost causes.
Saint Jude (Thaddaeus) was a brother of Saint James the Less, a relative of Jesus, and one of the 12 apostles.
Jude is holding a club which represents the way in which in died. He often has a flame around his head meaning he was present at Pentecost and accepted the Holy Spirit with the other apostles. Jude is also holding an image of Jesus. Sometimes he can be seen holding a carpenter’s ruler or with a scroll or book, the Epistle of Jude.
Saint Jude was the son of Clopas and his mother Mary was the Virgin Mary’s cousin. He preached the Gospel in Judea, Samaria, Idumaea, Syria, Mesopotamia, and Lybia. He returned to Jerusalem in 62, and assisted at the election of his brother, St. Simeon, as Bishop of Jerusalem.
The apostles Jude and Bartholomew are believed to have brought Christianity to Armenia, where Jude may have been martyred with Saint Simon.
Saint Jude’s body was brought to Rome and left in a crypt in St. Peter’s Basilica. His bones can be found under the main altar of St. Joseph in a tomb he shares with the remains of the apostle Simon the Zealot.
Explore Being Catholic:
As Catholics, we begin November by remembering those who have died. We call the first two days of November All Saints Day and All Souls Day. What do we call the day before November 1st? Halloween!
November 1, All Saints Day, was called All Hallows’ Day in England because hallow is another word for holy. When we say the Our Father (Lord’s Prayer), we say “hallowed be thy name”... God’s name is holy. The night before was called All Hallows’ Eve, which was eventually shortened to Halloween.
The Church offers us an even better way of thinking about those who have died. On All Saints Day and All Souls Day we remember that we are members of the People of God. United with God, we are also united with all Christians who have come before us in the Communion of Saints.
In the Mexican tradition, families celebrate the Day of the Dead remembering family members who have died. They place a picture of each of the departed family members on an altar at home where it would remain for three days as a symbol of the Trinity. The altar consists of food, flowers, drinks, sugar skulls and incense for the departed to enjoy.
Our bodies may be left behind, but our souls live forever. Death is not the end... it is a transition into eternity.
Time With God:
“At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord.” ~ Philippians 2:10-11
On a candle, write the name of a family member, friend or person you know who is now part of the Church in Heaven. You may also write them a letter or draw a picture for our November bulletin board.
When Jesus heard that his friend Lazarus had died, he traveled to Bethany, the home of Lazarus. Martha, the sister of Lazarus, greeted Jesus. She said she was sorry Jesus had not come sooner, but she believed Lazarus would be raised on the last day and live with God forever. Jesus told Martha that he himself was the resurrection and the life and that those who believed in him would live forever. Then he called out to Lazarus, who walked out of the tomb alive!
Jesus is the resurrection and the life for all of us. We pray for those who have died because we have hope that they will live with God forever and that we will be reunited with them.
Ask family members to share a story about a time when they were hurting or sad. Describe a person who helped you and what that person did to help. How did this person bring hope?
November 14 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
MOME (Mom’s On a Mission Exchange) is a clothing exchange at the Milton United Methodist Church next to Northside Intermediate School. Bring a bag of clothes and take a bag or more! Set up helpers are needed on Fridays and tear-down helpers are needed Saturday if your family can help!
November 21 from 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Advent Adventure: Serving Others While Waiting for Jesus
Join us for a morning of activities, crafts, food, fun and more as we prepare for Advent! Big brothers and sisters needed to be buddies and station leaders! Moms and dad can help, too...or just enjoy some grown up time!!