Q. 1. Can you explain to me the Feast of the "Day of the Dead?"
A. 1. The celebration of the "Day of the Dead," known as "All Souls' Day" in the Catholic Church, is celebrated yearly on November 2nd, following All Saints Day.
The purpose of this feast is to honor all the faithful departed and along with the offerings and the Office of the Dead, there are three Requiem Masses that are said by the clergy to assist the souls from Purgatory to Heaven.
While this feast was established to recognized the need of our prayers for the souls in purgatory, it does not restrict the prayers of the Catholics to that particular day. Catholics are encouraged throughout the year to offer Mass Stipends for their beloved who have departed from this world and who may be in need of extra prayers to pass over from Purgatory to Heaven.