Ordinary Time, Year A (November 2017)

Book of the Names of the Dead

Ordinary Time,
Year A
(November 2017)

“This period is known as Ordinary Time” (Universal Norms, 43). Ordinary Time continues through November, but with a shift of emphasis. We are called to remember in a special way “our brothers and sisters who have fallen asleep in the hope of the resurrection” (Eucharistic Prayer II).

This page covers the period from November 1, All Saints, through the morning of December 2. On the evening of December 2, at the anticipated Sunday Mass, we move from Ordinary Time into the season of Advent and a new church year, Year B of the lectionary, the year of Saint Mark, with its own distribution of the Gospel readings through the year.


The scripture readings at Mass are arranged in a three-year cycle. This is Year A, the year of Saint Matthew, when his Gospel is read more often than the others.You can see how the Gospel of Matthew is distributed throughout the year HERE. In November we hear of eternal life and the final judgment.


The Ordinary Time color of days that do not celebrate a particular feast is green. Important festal days in November are the Solemnity of All Saints on November 1, the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed or All Souls’ Day on November 2, and the Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica (the cathedral and the seat of the Bishop of Rome, the pope) on November 9.

Sundays in Ordinary Time are sometimes replaced by a feast of higher rank. The final Sunday of the church year, the 34th Sunday, is also the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (white) [Christ the King].

Thanks to our Bishops’ Conference, we have a PDF of the Liturgical Calendar for 2017. You can find the calendar for the upcoming year HERE.

In our parish, we have the Book of the Names of the Dead in the baptismal area. Please enter the names of your beloved departed. Names entered in earlier years are still in the book. The current book and past ones are placed before the altar at Mass and we pray for all those inscribed therein.

We remember those who have died in the past year as we sing the Lux Aeterna Litany . Each Sunday, a different set of names of the recently deceased is included. We respond “We remember.” The refrain, echoed after the cantor, is “Lux aeterna…Dona eis requiem.” This Latin phrase means “Eternal light…Give them rest.”

We’ll sing old and new hymns, but the most important things we sing are the dialogues between priest and people, deacon and people. Next comes the ordinary music of Mass: Gloria (Glory to God); Responsorial Psalm; Gospel Acclamation or Alleluia; Sanctus (H0ly); Memorial Acclamation (Mystery of Faith); Great Amen; Agnus Dei (Lamb of God).

Some Sounds of November
We Shall Rise Again
Soon and Very Soon
Freedom Is Coming
God’s Holy City / Ipharadisi
God’s Holy City, where all the saints are living, (3)
May we one day join them, where all the saints are living
We Will Rise Again
In Paradisum English text at the bottom of the display
Come, Ye Thankful People, Come


This is a traditional time to visit the graves of our departed loved ones. We do this with confidence in Jesus, risen from the dead, remembering that this place means not only death, but the joy of Easter. Pope Francis reflects at prayer in Rome’s largest cemetery. Catholics of the Eastern Churches have several days throughout the year dedicated to prayer for the dead. In the Western Church we commemorate all the faithful departed in the state of purgatory on All Souls’ Day.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Enjoy a collection of November recipes, old and new.

advent-candles-150x106Getting Ready for Advent

Advent will be here soon. Time to ready hearts and homes! Why not sync your calendar with the Saint Jude schedule for Advent and Christmas? A good way to mark the season is with an Advent Meal Prayer. Don’t forget to bless your Advent Wreath!

You can find an entry for each day’s liturgy on the parish liturgical calendar.


St. Jude Catholic Church
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Ft. Wayne, IN 46805
(260) 484-6609

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