The Quibble Island Cemetery in R. A. Puram looks clean and neat today, with workers having cleared the weeds and grass that must have grown all around the hundreds of grave stones here.
The place has been prepared for the annual All Souls Day event in the Catholic Church calendar which always falls on November 2 – a day to remember and pray for those who have passed on.
“Since the rains come down heavy at this time of the year we arranged for the cleaning work to be done some days ago,” said Fr Arulraj, senior parish priest at the San Thome Cathedral who manages the cemetery for the Catholic community. One section here is reserved for Protestants.
On November 2, at about 4.30 p.m. bishop Rev. Lawrence Pius is scheduled to say Mass at the cemetery and then bless the graves.
Many families visit the cemetery that day, some doing so a day in advance or later, depending on the weather.
Similar services will be held at the GCC cemetery meant for Christians on St. Mary’s Road, Mandaveli.