In New Orleans, All Saints Day is a big deal. November 1, or the day after Halloween, is a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics. Many families in the city get together to attend mass and tend to the graves of their loved ones who have died. Instead of the usually somber, spooky look, the cemeteries are full of life, with lots of color from new flowers being put at grave sites, and family coming and going throughout the day.
Here is how and where to celebrate All Saints Day in New Orleans:
ST. LOUIS CEMETERIES
The New Orleans Catholic Cemeteries is honored to have Archbishop Aymond celebrate the All Saints Day Mass at St. Louis Cemetery #3. Mass will begin at 11:00 a.m. All are welcomed to attend.
Blessing of the graves and light refreshments to follow.
Blessing of the graves in St. Louis Cemetery #1 and St. Louis Cemetery #2 will be at 2 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. respectively.
ST. PATRICK CEMETERIES
Blessing of the graves will begin at 1 p.m.
ST. ROCH CEMETERIES
Mass will begin at 10 a.m. at St. Roch Cemetery #1 followed by the Blessing of the Graves.
ST. VINCENT DE PAUL CEMETERIES SONIAT STREET
Blessing of the Graves will begin at 11:30 a.m.
ST. JOSEPH CEMETERIES
Blessing of the Graves will begin at 12 p.m.
ST. MARY’S AND ST. BARTHOLOMEW CEMETERY
Mass will begin at 10 a.m. at Holy Name of Mary Church followed by the Blessing of the graves.
LAKE LAWN METAIRIE FUNERAL HOME
Mass begins at 3 p.m.