Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News Journal
In celebration of the saints, Catholics in Alice will celebrate a Holy Day of Obligation on Nov. 1 in observance of All Saints Day.
The day is used to honor all saints throughout the church. The following day is also a special day in the Catholic faith. On All Souls Day, Nov. 2, Catholics across the world spend time praying for the souls they believe to be in Purgatory.
According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, several hundred years ago in Western Europe, All Saints Day was also known as All Hallows Day, and the day before, All Hallows Eve, which many believe is where the name "Halloween" is derived. Although the celebration of Halloween today, with its focus on costumes and candy, holds no connection to either All Saints Day or All Souls Day.
There will be Masses and gravesite blessings conducted by all three Catholic churches over the next two days. Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church will host it Annual Halloween Carnival today from 5 to 9 p.m. at the church, which helps to support the religious education program. Parishioners will be able to attend Mass on both Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 at Our Lady of Guadalupe beginning at 12:05 p.m. Also on All Souls Day, there will be a gravesite service and blessing at New Collins Cemetery, starting at 4 p.m.
St Joseph Catholic Church will hold All Saints Day Mass at 6:30 a.m., 12:05 p.m. and 7 p.m. On All Souls Day, there will be Mass at 8:15 a.m., 12:05 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. St. Joseph Catholic Church will also hold a gravesite blessing at Alice Cemetery beginning at 3 p.m. St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church will hold an evening vigil Mass for All Saints Day at 6 p.m. today. All Saints Day Masses will be at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. There will be an All Souls Day Mass at 7 a.m. and a Mass and gravesite blessing at Roselawn Cemetery beginning at 11:30 a.m.