Who will you remember on All Souls’ Day this year?
Have you lost a parent, a sibling or friend? Will you be going to Mass and lighting a candle? Or perhaps visiting final resting places and laying flowers? Sometimes just taking a quiet moment out of a hectic day and saying a prayer for our loved ones is what we choose to do.
However you remember those you have lost, these good works and prayers help our departed souls. We help them to enter heaven and experience God’s everlasting love and mercy.
At Aid to the Church in Need, we create a spiritual connection between our donors and poor priests who will celebrate Mass for your intentions. Your Mass stipend will enable you to memorialize your loved ones in the holiest of ways – helping them to “walk the path of purification” – while at the same time, aiding a priest in need in one of the poor countries we serve.
Holy Mass is currently celebrated every 26 seconds around the world for the intentions of our donors, while one priest out of every nine is supported by an ACN donor!
One such priest is Father Benedict Kandathiparambil in India. In the state of Andhra Pradesh in south-east India, Fr. Benedict can now minister more easily to 18 villages under his care because of the Mass stipends donors like you provided to him.
Father Benedict told us, “There is one other priest helping me in my work. On Sundays each of us celebrates several Masses…We are full of joy that we are able to proclaim the Gospel.”
Your special offering today helps a priest like Father Benedict with sustenance and creates a spiritual bond between you and priests like him. You’ll be honoring your loved one with a Mass while helping those who have devoted their lives to God and His followers.
As Father Benedicts says, “I cannot tell you just how much these Mass stipends help us. Our people are poor and they cannot give us much in the way of support. That is why your Mass offerings are our only support. I want to express my heartfelt thanks to all those who have supported my mission by their sacrifices.”
Having a Mass offered through Aid to the Church in Need and coming to the aid of a priest in need this All Souls Day is a sacrifice meaningful in the most sacred of ways. Thank you.
May God bless you and the memory of your dearly departed now and always and may they forever rest peacefully in the comfort of His light.