All Saints Day (November 1) is a holy day of obligation and an opportunity to remember all saints and martyrs, known and unknown, throughout Christian history. Remembering and celebrating our saints has been a Christian tradition since the 4th century.
All Souls' Day (November 2) commemorates all of the faithful departed – our friends, relatives, parishioners and community members. We remember and pray for the souls of the people in Purgatory and we also pray that we may one day join Christ and all of the saints in heaven.
Activity: Celebrate these holy feasts in your religious education program by spending some time talking about the good works of saints and their faithfulness to God. Ask how we can act and live as saints today. For All Souls' Day, expand the discussion to include everyone who has died - especially family members and friends. We are joyful on these feasts because we remember that death is not the end for us. We believe that one day we will all have new life with Jesus in heaven.
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