This Sunday, I attended mass at St. Odilo Church for the first time. While Ascension Church has its dome, St. Odilo is “The Shrine” – National Shrine of the Poor Souls.
Their bulletin says it is the only parish in the US dedicated to the Souls in Purgatory and “it was founded and sanctioned as the Shrine of the Poor Souls by his Eminence, George Cardinal Mundelein, in 1928.”
Growing up, catechism taught us about Hell, Purgatory and Heaven. Lately I am learning that we all go to heaven because God is all forgiving. In fact St. Odilo has a Purgatorial Society and since All Souls Day is coming this week, Saturday to be exact, one can register the names of deceased relatives. I want to believe mine are all in heaven, especially that I missed picking up an envelope to put all their names. It says though that a visit to the church which is a special indulgence warrants my dead loved ones get prayers for 200 days.
While I am mulling which church to pick as my parish, the Guadalupano Society were selling homemade tamales as we got out. I’ve had Mexican tamales before but I wasn’t too impressed but these ones are the best. There was a tamale line and I got lucky to take home a dozen of pork and chicken which me and my friend devoured in the car as it was already noon. They were moist, tasty, perfectly seasoned and with just a hint of Mexican spice. The vendors ran out of the cheese and peppers which maybe was their best seller but I was happy with what I got. In fact, I’m thinking of going back next week just for the tamale alone.
Lest you think I am committing sacrilege by saying that, there is actually a high mass in Latin on Saturday, All Souls Day, which I am determined to attend, with or without tamale.
But I did call the Guadalupano Society to find out if they would be selling tamales again next weekend and the answer was the ladies will take a votation to determine if they would do it again in which case they would be selling it on Sunday. I will be there right after the first mass.
But I would have to take care of the souls of my loved ones first just to make sure that they get to heaven.
Happy All Souls Day!