November is the month we remember all those we have lost, who have gone before us in faith. The tradition here at St. A’s has been to have the Book of the Dead in the church, into which all were invited to enter the names of their beloved dead. This year for obvious reasons we are not able to display the book or have each person enter names. So, we will do it for you! Please send an email, a note in the mail, or call the office with the names you would like inscribed.
November is also Black Catholic History month. There are 200 million Catholics of African descent in the world. Learning their stories is of particular importance at this time in history. Go to FormationReimag- ined.org/black-catholic-history-month/ to read articles of interest. Then, click on “Continue the Conversation” to find timely discussions about racism. Pope Francis, on June 3 of this year, wrote, “We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.” Let us all learn to better appreciate our differences and celebrate what we have in common.