FORT MILL—Each year on All Souls’ Day, Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone celebrates the belief that, In dying, we are born unto eternal life.
This year, the holy day set aside for honoring the dead on Nov. 2 will be held at St. Philip Neri Church in front of the columbarium at 9:30 a.m.
“Death is part of our experience but as Christians we believe that is not the end of the story,” the bishop said at a previous All Souls’ Day event. “There is much more after death, there is life, not only new life but a fullness, completeness, a wholeness … there is nothing missing.”
The bishop also pays tribute to All Saints’ Day, a holy day of obligation celebrated on Nov. 1. On this day, he said, the faithful pray for those who have made it, while All Souls’ Day is for those who are still in the process of finding their way to fullness in Christ.
“We also have to offer a prayer for ourselves — we are in the process on this side of life,” Bishop Guglielmone has said. “The process to come closer and closer to Christ.”
Bishop Guglielmone began the tradition of celebrating All Souls’ Day in 2009, during his first year as shepherd of the diocese.
Also, for those who wish to participate in a Mass for All Souls’ Day but are unable to attend in person on the actual feast day, a livestream recording will be available of a vigil Mass celebrated by Father Robert Higgins, administrator of St. Mary of the Angels Church in Anderson.
The vigil Mass will be held at the gravesite of Father Aubrey McNeil at the Old Silverbrook Cemetery just behind the church, 1405 White Street, on Nov. 1 at 4 p.m., and livestreamed from St. Mary of the Angels’ Facebook and YouTube pages.