November - Month of the Holy Souls

The Catholic Church dedicates the entire month of November to praying in a special way for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. The Holy Souls (also called the Faithful Departed) are members of the Church who await the purification of their souls before joining the saints in heaven for all eternity. Specifically, they are referred to as the Church Suffering (the saints in heaven are the Church Triumphant, and the faithful on earth are the Church Militant).The poor souls in purgatory cannot pray for themselves or do anything to hasten their entrance into heaven, but we can and ought to pray for them as an act of charity. The feast of the Holy Souls is November 2nd. 

Prayer Intention of the Holy Father for November, 2018

Universal: In the Service of Peace

That the language of love and dialogue may always prevail over the language of conflict.


The ninth month of the old Roman year, which began with March.  The 11th of November was held to mark the beginning of winter.  The Anglo-Saxon name for November was “Blot-monath,” (Blood Month), the latter name probably alluding to the custom of slaughtering cattle about Martinmas for winter consumption.

November 1: All Saints’ Day
November 2: All Souls’ Day
November 11: St. Martin
November 22: St. Cecilia
November 22: Thanksgiving Day
November 25: St. Catherine
November 30: St. Andrew


November take flail,
Let no ships sail.

If there’s ice in November that will bear a duck,
There’ll be nothing after, but sludge and muck.