All Souls Day Masses set for November 2

BRIDGEPORT—Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will celebrate All Souls Day Mass at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, in Trumbull on Wednesday, November 2, at 11 am.

It is one of six All Souls Day Masses that will be celebrated in cemeteries throughout the diocese on the morning of Wednesday, November 2, at 11 am. All Masses will be held rain or shine. Tents, seats and portable facilities will be provided at each site.

Other All Souls Day Mass locations and celebrants are:

St. Peter Cemetery, Danbury, Father Michael Dunn; St. Mary-Putnam Cemetery, Greenwich, Father Richard Murphy; St. John Cemetery, Darien, Father John Connaughton; St. John Cemetery, Norwalk, Father Jeff Couture; St. Michael Cemetery, Stratford, Father Jose Vasquez.

All are welcome to attend the outdoor Masses, which will be offered for the repose of the souls of all the faithful departed. Holy Water from Lourdes will be distributed after Mass at each location.

The bishop thanked the pastors and priests who will be celebrating this year’s Masses and encouraged Catholics throughout the diocese to pray that all those who have died may rest in the peace of Christ.

Watch the Replay of All Souls Day Mass with Bishop Caggiano | Wednesday, November 2 at 11am

November is the month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory and All Souls Day is a special day in particular during which we pray for their loved ones and all the faith-ful departed.

“Christians overcome death by dying to themselves and learning to live in Christ. In order to be victorious over death, we need to seek it every day, and embrace every moment of our lives in Christ,” Bishop Caggiano said at last year’s Mass. “You and I are disciples of the crucified Christ. Let us die to ourselves, die to sin every moment, so that we may join others in the victory that awaits all who have the courage to die to this world so we might live forever.”

Traditionally, Catholics visit cemeteries on All Souls Day to remember the dead and pray for their souls. During the Mass, the celebrants will remember in a special way all deceased bishops, priests, deacons, consecrated men and women and lay faithful.

Arrangements and logistics for the day are supported by Catholic Cemeteries. The diocese sponsors and maintains ten active cemeteries in Fairfield County. For information on Catholic Cemeteries, call 203.742.1450, Option 5 or go to or