Message from Msgr. Schwanger


My Dear Family of Our Lady of Lourdes,

We are looking forward to both the Solemnity of All Saints, next Sunday, and the Commemoration of All Souls on November 2nd.

The Commemoration of All Souls is when we remember all our loved ones who have gone before us: we thank God for them, commend them to His bountiful care, and look with hope to being with them again when the Lord calls us to Himself as well. We have envelopes available at all the entrances to the church where you can add the names of your beloved deceased to our All Souls Novena. Just drop the envelope into the regular collection basket. You can also join in the Novena through our webpage.

This year, the Commemoration of All Souls falls on a Monday. We will celebrate a special Mass of Remembrance at 7:00 p.m. The Mass will be multilingual and will include a special remembrance of our fellow parishioners who have died in the past year and of their families. There will be a Book of Intentions in the vestibule of the church where we can all add the names of loved ones who have died. If you go on to our webpage this week, you will also be able to add names to the intention book there.

What a beautiful way to start the month: looking to heaven, thankful in love and filled with hope.

Msgr. Schwanger