Celebrate All Souls Day at St. Joseph Cemetery

November 2, is the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, All Souls Day. On this day we commemorate the souls of all the faithful departed, not just relatives, but all baptized Christians who are believed to be in purgatory. Roman Catholic doctrine holds that the prayers of the faithful on earth will help cleanse those souls in order to prepare them for the vision of God in heaven.

Every year members of the clergy visit most of the cemeteries in the area for the annual Blessing of the Graves. This is a right observed by the Roman Catholic Church. This year Msgr. Earl Provenza, Pastor of Holy Trinity, Deacon Jorge Martinez of Holy Trinity and Deacon John Basco, of the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans will be officiating at the Blessing of the Graves at 2 pm, November 2, 2014, at St. Joseph Cemetery.

As part of our initiative to raise awareness and interest in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, located at 2100 Texas Ave. in Shreveport, there will be several activities planned for the upcoming All Souls Day observance on November 2. Deacon John Basco will escort the RCIA group from the Cathedral at 12:30 p.m. for a tour of the cemetery and a short presentation on the history of the cemetery and Catholic burial services.  If you are interested, please join the RCIA group for the presentation. It will last approximately one hour.

Members of the Sons of Italy Organization are planning a group gathering and picnic to celebrate All Souls Day. In our diocese the Italian and Hispanic cultures celebrate November 2 with special observances: family and public gatherings, food and drink, visiting and remembrances of the faithful departed.

The Sons of Italy will also be presenting the cemetery with a bench in memory of the living and departed members of the Italian community. There will be a tent with chairs, courtesy of H & H Services, and bottled water, compliments of St. Joseph Broadmoor Federal Credit Union, for the Blessing of the Graves, the history presentation and the dedication and blessing of the memorial bench.

Everyone is invited to share in this wonderful opportunity to visit the final resting places of departed loved ones, to share family stories and histories as well as see the continual changes, facelift and future growth of the only Catholic cemetery in Northwest Louisiana. If anyone or a group wants to visit the cemetery or tour the cemetery please contact the Diocesan cemetery offices at the Catholic Center, 318-868-4441.

by Randy G. Tiller, Director of Mission Effectiveness

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