All Saints Day , November 1,
commemorates saints known and unknown, those who have lived exemplary lives as
followers of Christ and who are with God in heaven. All Souls Day , November 2, commemorates the
faithful departed, those who have died in God’s grace and friendship. Catholics
believe that there is a prayerful spiritual communion between those in the
state of grace who have died and are either being purified in purgatory (the
‘church penitent’) or are in heaven (the 'church triumphant'), and the 'church
militant' who are the living.