ALL SAINTS DAY NOVEMBER 1st
Devotion to the Saints, those holy men and women, who have influenced the Church and the world, dates from the earliest ages of our Christian tradition and has been a source of inspiration and help for the People of God. The celebration of the Saints according to the Fathers of the Vatican II acts “as a source of devotion and nourishment for personal prayer”. The veneration of the Saints has been and will remain an important part of the life of the Church. In fact, the Constitution on the Church of Vatican II speaks at great length about the veneration of the Saints. It views them as examples of faith and helpers to Church unity:
“To look on the life of those who have faithfully followed Christ is to be inspired with a new reason for seeking the city which is to come. It is most fitting, therefore, that we love those friends and co-heirs of Jesus Christ who are also our brothers and sisters and outstanding benefactors, and that we give thanks to God for them and having recourse to their prayer, their aid and help in obtaining from God through His Son Jesus Christ, Our Lord, the benefits we need”.
Constitution On The Church #50
The Church of St. Thomas the Apostle honors a number of these holy men and women in the windows and statues in our Church. Those Saints honored in our Church building represent a wide range of times and life-styles; we honor laymen and women, religious, priests, bishops, wives, mothers, a contemplative nun and educators. In their own way these honored Saints reflect the diversity of the people who make up the Church of Saint Thomas the Apostle.
Other Saints in stain glass windows and statues: