This week began with celebrating an important Feast Day in the Catholic Church – All Saints’ Day. All Saints’ Day commemorates all the saints in heaven. The feast dates back to the early Church when communities would gather and celebrate the anniversary of the martyr’s death. During the persecution under the emperor Diocletian at the beginning of the fourth century, the number of martyrs became so great that a separate day could not be assigned to each saint. Hence, the Church established a common feast day for all the martyrs. Here at Loreto Nedlands, we continue to pray for Mary Ward’s Beatification.

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