ALL SAINTS & FAITHFUL DEPARTED
What we colloquially know as the "Day of the Dead" celebration, we Catholics celebrate in two festivals: on November 1st we celebrate All Saints, and, on November 2nd, we celebrate the Faithful Departed who have already passed away and rest in peace.
The solemnity of “all saints” is the celebration of the memory of all the saints canonized by the Catholic Church, officially recognized as those who are already in heaven and therefore can intercede for all of us who are still on earth.
On All Souls' Day, we pray for all those who, leaving this world, hope to reach the fullness of love in union with God.
The solemnity of All Saints and the commemoration of the Dead are two celebrations that contain, in a special way, our faith in eternal life.