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All Souls Day

On the Feast of All Souls, the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, we pray for the souls of those who have died and are still in purgatory, being prepared for eternal life in heaven.  We believe that we remain connected with members of the Church after death and that we can help those souls in purgatory through our prayers.  Praying for the dead is one of the spiritual works of mercy. While the dead were prayed for since the earliest days of Christianity, it was done at different times. St. Odilo of the Abbey of Cluny is thought to have fixed this date in the 10th century so that monks in the abbey could offer special prayers for the dead on the day after All Saints Day, November 1st.