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AllSoulsDay_1167NEW BRITAIN – Despite record-shattering snowfall, members of Sacred Heart Parish placed candles and flowers on the graves of their beloved dead as part of the annual All Saints/All Souls Day March for Life and Cemetery Mass Oct. 30.

Although the annual procession and Mass at the cemetery were cancelled, Msgr. Daniel Plocharczyk, pastor of Sacred Heart, concelebrated Mass with priests from Sacred Heart, Holy Cross and other local parishes. Before the Mass, Msgr. Plocharczyk led parishioners in a procession through the church, stopping five times to pray for the deceased.

Since the beginning of Christianity, Catholics have maintained a tradition of praying for the dead on All Souls Day (Nov. 2). The parish continues the tradition by visiting cemeteries, decorating graves, attending Mass and bringing a list of their loved ones to the church for a prayer that is read aloud and placed on the altar for the month of November.

It is a Polish tradition to light candles and visit the graves of relatives on All Souls Day. Lighted candles are meant to signify the everlasting nature of the love, hope and joy that the late individual shared with the people left behind.

Msgr. Plocharczyk estimated that the celebration at Sacred Heart Parish has been going on since the beginning of the parish 117 years ago, and said crowds of 3,000 to 4,000 have attended in the past.



alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.