‘Hallow’ is a word that means ‘Holy’. We even say it in the Our Father prayer – ‘hallowed be thy name’. We celebrate All Saints’ Day on 1st November every year. This day can also be called ‘All Hallows Day’ because it’s the day about all the Holy people – the Saints.

The day before All Saints’ Day is called ‘All Hallows Eve’, just like the day before Christmas is called ‘Christmas Eve’. Over time, people just started saying ‘Halloween’ instead of ‘All Hallows Eve’.

All Saints Day is a Holy Day of Obligation in the Catholic Church. The day is dedicated to the saints of the Church, that is, all those who have attained heaven. It should not be confused with All Souls’ Day, which is observed on 2nd November, and is dedicated to those who have died and not yet reached heaven.

Mass times in Scarborough for All Saints Day 2017 are as follows:

  • Tuesday (vigil) 7.oopm at St Peter’s Church
  • Wednesday 10.30am at St Joseph’s Church
  • Wednesday 4.00pm at St Edward’s Church