November 2017 Bulletin

In the Catholic Church, the month of November is traditionally given over to prayers for the Holy Souls. The most powerful form of prayer for the Souls in Purgatory is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. A quote often used by Catholics in the UK is “Masses for our dead, not flowers’" and it makes perfect sense. Flowers decorate a grave but wither and die, with no benefit to the soul of the deceased at all. The benefit is for the donor and the surviving family members, often with pride as to how many wreaths have been donated. 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.

nov17At 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)


November is Dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST – ALL SAINTS DAY honors all saints, known and unknown. 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. HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION. Masses at 7:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m. (Sung Mass) & 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, 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.  Masses at: 7:00 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
       A plenary indulgence applicable only to the souls of the faithful departed can be obtained under the usual conditions by visiting a cemetery each day from November 1 to November 8.  A plenary indulgence, again applicable only to the souls in Purgatory, is also granted when the faithful piously visit a church or a public oratory on November 2 and recite one Our Father and the Creed.

 FRIDAY, 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. Martin devoted himself to ceaselessly to severe penances. In turn, God endowed him with many graces and wondrous gifts. First Friday. Feastday of Sister Martina Marie, MICM and also of Brother Martin, Novice.7:30 p.m. Mass for the Holy Souls.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH – Saint Charles Borromeo spent his life and fortune in the service of the people of his diocese. He directed and fervently enforced the decrees of the Council of Trent, fought tirelessly for peace in the wake of the storm caused by Martin Luther, founded schools for the poor, seminaries, hospitals, did great public and private penance, and worked among the sick and dying, leading his people by example. First Saturday. 7:30 p.m. Mass for the Holy Souls.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5TH – 22ND SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Saint Zachary and Elizabeth. All that we know of Elizabeth and Zachary, the parents of John the Baptist, is to be found in the book of Saint Luke. Saint Elizabeth was the first to greet Our Lady as the Mother of God! Feastday of Sister Mary Elizabeth, MICM.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH – Basilica of Our Holy Saviour, also known as the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, is the first among the major basilicas of Rome. It is also the cathedral of the bishop of Rome, the Pope. Built by Constantine, it 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.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH – Saint Martin of Tours. 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.


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15TH – Saint Albert the Great was one of the Church's greatest intellects. Very learned in biblical studies and theology, he was also among the first and greatest of the natural scientists, with expertise in biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, geography, metaphysics, and mathematics. 

THURSDAY, 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.”

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

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18TH – Dedication of the Basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul. Peter, the rough fisherman whom Jesus named the rock on which the Church is built, and the educated Paul, reformed persecutor of Christians, Roman citizen, and missionary to the gentiles, were different in so many ways. Their major similarity however, was in suffering a martyr’s death in Rome—Peter on a cross and Paul beneath the sword. Their combined gifts shaped the early Church and millions have prayed at their tombs from the earliest days.

 SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19TH – 24TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Saint Elizabeth of Hungary died in 1231 at the age of 24. She 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. 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST – Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. According to tradition, Mary 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.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND - Saint Cecilia, is regarded as the patroness of music because of the story that she heard heavenly music in her heart and sang praises to Jesus Christ, her Spouse, on the evening of her earthly marriage. She is often represented at an organ or with organ-pipes in her hand. She is mentioned every day in the Canon of the Mass.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD – Blessed Miguel Pro. “¡Viva Cristo Rey!” THANKSGIVING DAY. We give Thee thanks for all Thy benefits, O Almighty God, who lives and reigns world without end. Amen. What better way to be thankful to God, than through a true and loving attendance at Mass today?

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH – Saint John of the Cross is a saint because his life was a heroic effort to live up to his name: “of the Cross.” The folly of the cross came to full realization in time. Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me (Mark 8:34) is the story of John’s life. The Paschal Mystery—through death to life—strongly marks John as reformer, mystic-poet, and theologian-priest.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25TH – Saint Catherine of Alexandria was martyred in the early 4th century at the hands of the pagan emperor Maxentius. Both a princess and 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.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH – 25TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Saint Leonard of Port Maurice. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Father Leonard Feeney, MICM today. 

MONDAY, 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. Read the moving story of the apparitions as well as the power of this sacramental in the issue of “From the Housetops” magazine that features it. Available at our gift shop!

THURSDAY, 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 Saviour Jesus Christ and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.

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