Campus Ministry invites you to prayerfully commemorate the
Month of All Souls. The Catholic Church sets aside this time for us
to remember those loved ones who have died. As we pray for them, we
entrust them to the loving embrace of our God.
Perhaps a symbol we can reflect upon during this month is that of a
tree…the Tree of Life. Deep within the ground, the roots are
intertwined. No matter what happens to the tree, those roots are
forever bound together. Isn’t this so with those we love, who have
passed from this life to the next? Even if we are separated in
physical presence, we are bound in love to those we remember.
“With their last breath,
those we love do not say goodbye—
for love is timeless.
Instead, they leave us a solemn promise
that when they are finally at rest in God,
they will continue to be present to us
whenever they are called upon.
Let us fear not, nor grieve beyond letting go
the departure of those we have greatly loved,
for in the Tree of Life, their roots and ours
are forever intertwined.”
~Forest of Peace Prayer
As we remember those who are no longer with us on this earthly
journey, we experience both gratitude and sadness. There are times
when the differing emotions that arise within us may be difficult
to carry. We invite you to several pastoral experiences that honor
this full range of feelings.
The intentions for our loved ones will be remembered during
our daily 8 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. masses at St. Thomas More Church. A
Book of Remembrance is located in the Narthex of the Church, and
you are invited to write the names of those you wish to remember.
Come and join us in prayer during these masses or at anytime during
the day for quiet prayer and reflection.
Fr. Harrington will celebrate a special Memorial Mass on Sunday,
November 13 at 5:30 p.m. Students, employees, alumni and friends of
St. John’s are most welcome.
On Wednesday, November 30 at the 12:15 mass, we will remember in a
special way the deceased family members of the University community
who have experienced a death in the family during the
As we travel through these sacred days, please use the following
prayer for your personal use, with colleagues and with family and
With trust in your mercy
and loving kindness,
O God, we turn to you in our need.
Hear our prayers for those who have died
and now rest in your loving embrace.
As you have called them home, O God,
be gracious to them,
gather them to you,
and surround them
with the joy of your presence.
As we remember those who have died,
may their lives encourage us to live in your light.
Help us to know that you bless us still,
and give us courage and hope to live each day.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O God,
And may perpetual light shine upon them.
May their souls and
all the souls of the faithful departed
rest in peace.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, our companion and Lord.