The Triduum of Saints: Halloween and the Feasts that Follow

Episode Eleven

Sister Barbara Blesse and Sister Beth Murphy reminisce with host Jeremiah Washington about Halloween and share insights about the holiday’s connection to the Catholic holy days that follow, All Saints Day and All Soul’s Day.

A poem

Sister Barbara shared this poem, which comforted her at the time of her father’s death.

I am standing upon the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze,
and starts for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength,
and I stand and watch her until she hangs like a speck of white cloud
just where the sea and sky come down to meet and mingle with each other.
Then someone at my side says: “There! She’s gone!”
Gone where? Gone from my sight—that is all.
She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side,
and just as able to bear her load of living freight
to the place of her destination.
Her diminished size is in me and not in her.

And just at that moment
when someone at my side says: “There! She’s gone!”
there are other eyes that are watching for her coming;
and other voices ready to take up the glad shout:
“There she comes!”

And that is—"dying."

Attributed to Luther F. Beecher.

Some Songs

Miguel sings Remember Me to his grandmother in the Disney/Pixar Movie Coco.

A traditional All Saints Day hymn, For All the Saints

A way to pray

The Catholic Health Association offers a selection of resources for remembering our deceased loved ones at this time of year.

More Resources

Find resources to enrich your family’s Halloween celebration and share a story of your own loved ones who have died at our blog post, Allhallowtide: Changing Up Your Family’s Halloween Traditions?

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