Thoughts for the upcoming week are marred with the looming threat of Hurricane Sandy as Long Island braces for the worst. However, life must go on, especially for parents with young ones eager to celebrate Halloween. For Catholics, there is also the holy day of obligation to consider, All Saints’ Day on Thursday following with All Souls’ Day on Friday.
Children are concerned that Halloween may be cancelled, however, weather information and official emergency information regarding Hurricane Sandy has not determined if this is to be the case. Stay tuned to News 12 or FIOS 1 for local news concerning trick-or-treating in affected areas.
Helping the Elderly during the perfect storm
Father Rob offered his help to the homebound elderly during “Frankenstorm” at the 10:30 a.m. Mass in Holy Name of Mary in Valley Stream today. He advised those Catholics who may be alone as the storm hits to call upon his services at the rectory if needed.
All Saints’ Day
The Solemnity of All Saints will be observed this Thursday, November 1, following Halloween and is a holy day of obligation for Catholics. All Catholic schools and parish offices on Long Island will be closed. Catholics are also required to attend Mass this day. Check the Diocese of Rockville Centre’s website for Mass times at your local parish.
All Souls’ Day
All Souls’ Day follow’s All Saints Day on Friday, November 1, with each parish having commemorative Masses at specific times to remember loved ones who have passed. Holy Name of Mary in Valley Stream will conduct Mass at 7 p.m. and the names of the deceased who were buried from that parish within the past year will be read. Refreshments will follow in the school cafeteria. All Catholic schools are also closed this day.
Anointing of the Sick
Next Sunday, November 4 at 3 p.m. at Holy Name of Mary, the special sacrament, Anointing of the Sick, will be provided for those suffering with disease, illness or disabilities.
As Hurricane Sandy bears down on Long Island, consider the attached family prayer for Catholics or any Christian providing a little solace to young children in fear of the unknown. Be safe and have a blessed week.
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