Immaculate Heart of Mary Shrine, 1900 Grand Ave Carthage, MO. 64836

Do Not Forget Them

Beginning On November 2

September 2014

Dear Friend,

What do you believe happens to a person after death?  Is death really death?

Some people do sincerely believe death is the final chapter in a person’s life, and that there is no such thing as life after death.  That is certainly not what Jesus taught, nor what he proved to be completely false by his own resurrection.

On those dark days when you actually might have some doubts about life after death, please do think back to that day when Jesus first appeared to the apostles on Easter Sunday morning.  On that occasion the apostle Thomas was absent.  And when he was told by the other apostles that Jesus had appeared to them he said, “No way!”

The expression, “a doubting Thomas,” refers to Thomas the apostle, the one who could not believe Jesus actually came back to life.  Well that was until Jesus appeared again and told Thomas to put his finger into the holes in his hands and side.

Actually, Thomas was not alone.  In the Gospel of Mark we are told that Jesus first appeared to Mary Magdalene and when she told the apostles that Jesus was alive they also did not believe.  When Jesus finally did appear to them St. Mark writes, “Jesus scolded them because they did not have faith and because they were too stubborn to believe those who had seen him alive.”

Please never be so stubborn and unbelieving.  While your mother or father, or brother or sister, or spouse or children may have already been taken from this world, you will indeed see them again.  Always be a believer and never a doubting disbeliever.

But until that day comes, that day when you are again reunited with your beloved deceased family members, please pray for them, daily if possible, but most certainly on our special days of remembrance following the All Souls Day Feast on November 2.

There are so many different ways you can remember and pray for your deceased.  Certainly, the first way is in the privacy of your own personal prayers.  I’m sure your local parish will also be celebrating a special All Souls Day Mass on November 2.  And, as a special friend of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Shine, you are most strongly encouraged to have your deceased remembered and prayed for in our annual All Souls Day Mass and Mass Novena to follow.

To enroll your deceased in these many Masses, simply write their names on the enclosed All Souls Day Enrollment Form.

When returned, I’ll have this list of names carefully attached to one of the “Red Rose Bouquets” which will be displayed at the Shrine during the nine days of the All Souls Day Mass Novena.

After the Mass Novena, your slip of names will be placed in a sealed prayer capsule in the Shrine’s Prayer Garden so those praying in the garden during the coming year will also have an opportunity to pray for your dearly beloved deceased.

When returning your All Souls Day Enrollment Form I hope you will also be able to enclose a donation supporting both the Shrine and the education of our seminarians.  Helping with our seminarian’s education through an All Souls Day donation is one very fine way to show respect and honor the memory of your deceased.

If your donation is $10 or more, I’ll see that a white carnation is placed in the Shrine’s Chapel in memory of your deceased.  This flower says to your deceased that they are still very much alive in your mind and in your prayers.

If you are able to send a donation of $25 or more, I’ll have a long-burning All Souls Day Votive Candle lit in memory of your departed loved ones.

I do encourage you, if at all possible, to attend one of your parish’s All Souls Day Masses.  At that Mass, pray not only for your own deceased, but also for all the other deceased who will be prayed for here at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Shrine in our All Souls Day Mass Novena.

In the hope of everlasting life,


Fr. Raymond M. Dien, C.M.C.      

Đền Thánh Khiết Tâm Mẹ    1900 Grand Ave, Carthage, MO 64836  
(417) 358-8580