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6. Ordinary Time

All Souls Day — November 2

The souls of the Just are in the hands of God. —Wisdom 3:1-7
Today's remembrance is closely linked to All Saints Day, November 1. In the liturgy we celebrate the communion of all the saints, i.e. the blessed now in heaven. All Souls Day, however, refers to all those who are still in some kind of intermediate state of existence and purification.

All Saints Day - How Can We Relate to Saints?

On November 1, we celebrate the Feast of All Saints. When we think of saints, we may think of a personal or community patron. 

Thanksgiving: Giving Thanks and Sharing our Blessings

October invites us to two important Ordinary Time occasions. On Oct. 13 we Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving for the harvest.  On Oct. 17 the International community invites us to share our blessings on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

Feast of St. Matthew

On September 21 in ordinary time, we celebrate St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist.
 
The Gospel bearing Matthew's name was written for Jewish Christians around the year 85, and was intended to show Jesus as the fulfillment of God's promise of a Messiah. Matthew’s name, originally, was Levi, and he was a tax collector for the Romans, a fact that made him unpopular with the Jews, who regarded the Romans as oppressors.

The Assumption of Mary

On August 15 in ordinary time, we celebrate the Assumption of Mary, taken body and soul into heaven.
 
It is not recorded in Scripture. In Scripture we learn of the death of prophets and patriarchs. In the Holy Land we visit many of these burial places. Even Jesus died and was laid in a tomb. But nowhere will you find the burial place of Mary.

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