This time of year is one for ghouls, candy, and dressing up. For Catholics, it's also a time for us to remember those loved ones who have passed on and the ways they have impacted our lives.
This year, the COVID-19 pandemic has caused so much suffering. Over one million people, and over 225,000 Americans, were taken from us too early, leaving countless loved ones to grieve. Our community has not been insulated from the hardships of the pandemic. We've lost people. Parents and guardians have lost jobs, or faced increased exposure as essential workers. Even for our students, our masks, sanitizing procedures, and social distancing guidelines are all constant, morbid reminders of the dangers of COVID-19. We even had to transition to BJP@Home for three weeks, and though we are grateful to have returned, we know that can change at any moment.
On November 2nd, BJP will celebrate its All Souls Day mass. We will be praying for all of the loved ones people in our community have lost. If you would like to share a departed loved one's name with us, please click the button at the bottom of this letter. We will pray for all the departed souls in our community at mass.
Please pray for us. We'll be praying for you.
"For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing."
- 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11