November 2018 Bulletin

The most powerful form of prayer for the Souls in Purgatory is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Flowers decorate a grave but wither and die, with no benefit to the soul of the deceased at all. We have the opportunity to assist the Holy Souls in Purgatory through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. They cannot help themselves but they do remember us with gratitude in their prayers.

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At every Holy Mass, we enter into the timeless reality of the perfect and acceptable Sacrifice of Christ to the Father for our sake. And from that Sacrifice, immeasurable graces flow for all people and especially for those for whom  the Mass is being offered. This is particularly the case for the deceased who may be undergoing purification in Purgatory to prepare them for the joy of heaven. We can offer the Holy Souls no better comfort and solace than to attend a Mass for them, or have Masses said for them.

During the Octave of November 1st to 8th is a period of great grace for the Holy Souls when relatives and friends offer Masses, prayers and sacrifices for the Holy Souls and gaining them indulgences. Many try to attend daily Mass during November for the Holy Souls, many others fast. 

~Holy Souls Crusade


 The Month of November is Dedicated to the Holy Souls

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST – All Saints Day is tied in with the concept of the Communion of Saints. This is the belief that all of God’s people, on Heaven, earth, and in the state of purification (Purgatory), are connected in a communion. We believe that the saints of God are constantly interceding on our behalf. Masses at 7:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m. (Sung Mass) and 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND – The Holy Souls in Purgatory. From the beginning, Christians have prayed for the dead and have undertaken works of penance on their behalf. We pray for the faithful departed, those who have been baptized, but who need to be completely purified of all stain of sin before they come into full union with God.
       A plenary indulgence applicable to the souls of the faithful departed can be obtained under the usual conditions by visiting a cemetery each day between November 1 and November 8.  A plenary indulgence, again applicable only to the Holy Souls, is also granted when the faithful piously visit a church or a public oratory on November 2. In visiting the church or oratory, it is required that one Our Father and the Creed be recited for the Pope’s intentions. Masses at: 7:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 12:00 noon, 2:30 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD – Saint Martin de Porres, a lay brother at the Dominican Friary at Lima, spent his whole life there as a barber, farm laborer, almoner, and infirmarian among other things. God endowed him with many graces and wondrous gifts. Feastday of Sister Martina Marie, MICM, and Brother Martin, MICM. First Saturday.
In addition to the today’s regular Mass schedule, there will be a Mass for the Holy Souls at 7:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH – 24TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Saint Charles Borromeo spent his life and fortune in the service of the people of his diocese. He directed and enforced the decrees of the Council of Trent, fought tirelessly for peace in the wake of Martin Luther. Daylight Savings ends!

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH – Saints Zachary and Elizabeth were the parents of John the Baptist. Saint Elizabeth was the first to greet Our Lady as the Mother of God! Feastday of Sister Mary Elizabeth, MICM. In addition to the today’s regular Mass schedule, there will be a Mass for the Holy Souls at 7:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH – Basilica of Our Holy Savior, also known as the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, is the first among the major basilicas of Rome. It is the cathedral of the bishop of Rome, the Pope, and contains some of the most precious relics of the Church including the heads of Saints Peter and Paul, and the table of the Last Supper.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH – 25TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Saint Martin of Tours. 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12TH – Pope Saint Martin I. Veterans’ Day. May we be always mindful of those who paid the price for our freedom, and pray for those who are in war even today. No school.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13TH – Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini, also called Mother Cabrini, was an Italian-American religious sister, who founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that was a major support to the Italian immigrants to the United States.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH – Saint Albert the Great was one of the Church's greatest intellects. He was also among the first and greatest of the natural scientists, with expertise in biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, geography, metaphysics, and mathematics. 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH – Saint Gertrude the Great is invoked for souls in Purgatory and for living sinners. Our Lord told St. Gertrude that the following prayer would release 1000 souls from Purgatory each time it is said. The prayer was extended to include living sinners as well: "Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, 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.” IHM School Open House this evening from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH – Saint Hugh of Lincoln. Today please pray for the repose of the soul of Brother Hugh, MICM, the second Superior of the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH – 26TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Dedication of the Basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH – Saint Elizabeth of Hungary was the wife of Louis VI, King of Thuringia and a mother of three children. As a widow, she became a Franciscan tertiary dedicated to the needs of the poor and the sick and was canonized four years after her death. 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST – Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. According to tradition, the Blessed Virgin was presented in the Temple of Jerusalem when she was three years old. Parents should remember that their children’s innocence is best preserved in the shadow of the Church and by the frequent reception of the sacraments, and by consecrating them to Our Lady.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND – Saint Cecilia is regarded as the patroness of music because of the heavenly music she sang in her heart to Jesus Christ, her Spouse, on the evening of her earthly marriage. She is mentioned every day in the Canon of the Mass. THANKSGIVING DAY. We give Thee thanks for all Thy benefits, O Almighty God, who livest and reigns world without end. Amen. What better way to be thankful to God, than through a true and loving attendance at Mass today? 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH – Saint John of the Cross was a reformer in the Carmelite Order along with Saint Teresa of Ávila. He is one of the thirty-six Doctors of the Church. 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25TH – 27TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Saint Catherine of Alexandria was martyred in the early 4th century at the hands of the pagan emperor Maxentius. Both a princess and a noted scholar, Catherine became a Christian around the age of fourteen, and converted hundreds of people to Christianity. Over 1,100 years following her martyrdom, Saint Joan of Arc identified Catherine as one of the saints who appeared to her and counseled her. 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH – Saint Leonard of Port Maurice. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Leonard Feeney, MICM today. 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH – The Miraculous Medal of the Blessed Virgin Mary was given to Saint Catherine Laboure by Our Lady herself in 1830. Originally known as the medal of the Immaculate Conception, it was quickly known for the many miracles of health and conversion worked through it and was lovingly called the Miraculous Medal. 

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30TH – Saint Andrew. The Unfailing Christmas Prayer begins today…say this prayer 15 times every day from today until Christmas for a special intention… it has never been known to fail:
 Hail and Blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight in Bethlehem in the piercing cold. In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires through the merits of our Savior Jesus Christ and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.


 Adult Catechetical Series Continues

Our adult catechetical series, “Our Quest for Happiness,” which began on October 16, will continue on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 8:30 pm until December 4. 
This 8 week session reviews: The life, virtues and privileges of Our Lady, Extreme Unction and the four last things, vocations to the priesthood and religious life, the sacrament of matrimony,  justice and the social importance of virtue, apologetics – proving the case for the Catholic Church.

Family Movie Night

Bring your family to MacIsaac Hall on Friday, November 9th at 6:30 p.m. and watch Glory Road - the true story of how the 1966, Texas Western coach Don Haskins led the first all-black starting line-up for a college basketball team to the NCAA national championship. This event is a fundraiser for IHM athletics.
Admission: 
$2 for individuals and $10 for families. 
There will be popcorn, pizza, drinks, baked desserts and a Surprise Raffle! Come support the IHM Eagles and tell your friends, a great family event!

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