Parishioners of St. Peter’s Catholic Church celebrated All Souls’ Day on Wednesday with a mass at the church’s cemetery at West Washington and Pershing streets.
The Solemn Mass was celebrated alongside thousands of similar Catholic Masses taking place all over the world at the same time, as those practicing the tradition prayed for their deceased loved ones.
All Saints’ Day, which officially takes place on November 1, is a day of prayer and remembrance for the faithful who have died in the Catholic tradition, and aims to commemorate those who have passed away through prayer, intercession, almsgiving and visitation. .
A small crowd of St. Peter’s parishioners gathered in the center of the churchyard on Wednesday afternoon for a small observance of the tradition, with the Reverend Nathan Comeaux leading the ceremony in prayer.
“Before starting Mass, I always ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to help me, so I’m going to say a little prayer,” Comeaux said at the start of the event.
Although trains and vehicular traffic from the nearby campus of the Iberia Parish Courthouse could be heard in the background, Catholic worshipers attending the ceremony were in tune with Comeaux and rectors who read excerpts of the Bible as part of the event.
All Saints’ Day traditionally follows the holiday of Halloween and begins a month-long devotion to those who have passed away, praying for the deceased and interceding on their behalf.
For St. Peter’s Catholic Church, the start of November also marks the end of a festive pumpkin patch that was placed in front of the church near St. Peter’s Street several weeks ago.
The pumpkin patch was a welcome for the fall season and was in line with Halloween and other activities celebrated during the month of October.
In addition to the cemetery mass, masses were also held for the commemoration of All Saints at the church itself on Tuesday, the day of the celebration of All Saints.