November 1 is All Saints' Day, when we celebrate all the faithful who are with God in Heaven, whether they've been officially canonized or not. Everyone in Heaven is a saint!
Today, November 2, is All Souls' Day. We remember those who have died but are still being purified before joining God in Heaven. This is a great day to pray for the souls in purgatory. In fact, the Church has dedicated the month of November to the Holy Souls. We can offer prayers and sacrifices to help them make the final step of their journey to Heaven, since they can no longer help themselves.
Saint Gertrude the Great received a special prayer in a vision of Our Lord. He told her that reciting it with love and devotion will release 1,000 souls from purgatory. Here it is:
"Eternal Father, I offer Thee the most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus Christ, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the Universal Church, those in my own home, and within my family. Amen."