Why do we pray for the dead on All Souls Day?
Often overshadowed by the two days preceding it, Halloween (October 31) and All Saints Day (November 1), All Souls Day is a solemn feast in the Roman Catholic Church. It commemorates all of those who have died and are now are in Purgatory, being cleansed of their venial sins and the temporal punishments for the mortal sins that they had confessed and are atoning for before entering fully into Heaven.
On All Souls Day, we not only remember the dead, but we apply our efforts, through prayer, almsgiving, and the Mass, to their release from Purgatory.
Servant House, a Catholic Charismatic House of Prayer in Marksville, was recently named by Catholic Extension as a finalist in the 37th annual Lumen Christi Award, and as a result, will receive $10,000 to further support their outstanding ministry.
Founded in 1989 by Aggie Neck and Donna Cullotta, Servant House offers an emergency food pantry, a healing Mass once a month, a prison ministry, religious education, and an Inner Healing Ministry. Together, they have ministered to thousands of people over the past 25 years.