November 2019 Bulletin

The Month of November is Dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory

nov19In 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.

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

 FRIDAY, 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. First Friday. Masses at 7:00 am, 8:30 am and 7:30 pm.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND – The Holy Souls in Purgatory. 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. Today is also the First Saturday in November.
       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.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD – 21ST SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Saint Martin de Porres, spent his whole life as a lay brother at the Dominican Friary at Lima. God endowed him with many graces and wondrous gifts. Feastday of Sister Martina Marie, MICM, and Brother Martin, MICM. Daylight Savings ends.

TUESDAY, 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. 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9TH – Basilica of Our Holy Savior, also known as the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, 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.


MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH – Saint Martin of Tours. Veterans Day! Pray for all those who have served our country today!

WEDNESDAY, 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. IHM School Open House for parents and prospective families this evening from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH – Saint Gertrude the Great. 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.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17TH – 23RD SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Saint Hugh of Lincoln. 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. 

TUESDAY, 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. 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST – Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. According to tradition, the Blessed Virgin was presented in the Temple 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.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND – Saint Cecilia is 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.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH – 24TH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST. Saint John of the Cross was a reformer in the Carmelite Order with Saint Teresa of Ávila. He is one of the Doctors of the Church. 

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25TH – Saint Catherine of Alexandria was both a princess and a noted scholar. After converting at the age of fourteen, she brought hundreds of people to Christianity.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH – Saint Leonard of Port Maurice. Pray for the repose of the soul of Father Leonard Feeney, MICM today. 

WEDNESDAY, 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 quickly became known as the Miraculous Medal due to the many miracles worked through it! Spread the devotion! Free medals in the chapel vestibule today! 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 28TH – Saint Joseph Mary Pignatelli. Thanksgiving Day! Give thanks first to God for all His generous blessings! Attend Mass this morning in thanksgiving!

SATURDAY, 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.

Mark your December Calendar for the following events…

  • Get your Spiritual Christmas Crib Kit and build your spiritual crib with short day-by-day meditations and practices for December 1–24. A perfect activity to practice with your family! Made by the Sisters! Available True Devotionals Gift Shop at the monastery or online!

  • Remember SBC on Giving Tuesday December 3, 2019. Please consider making a donation on our site or facebook pages!

  • IHM Christmas Program will take place on Saturday, December 21 at 7:00 p.m. at MacIsaac Hall! Bring your family and friends!