On Saturday, November 21, at 11:00 a.m. the Solemn High Purgatorial Mass will be offered at St. Stanislaus Church (New Haven). Prayers at the catafalque will be prayed.
Fr. Cipolla will be the celebrant and homilist and Fr. Turner will be the deacon.
If you have not enrolled your loved ones in the St Gregory Purgatorial Society, please do so today. Please see the Purgatorial Society page: http://saint-gregory.org/purgatorial-society/.
De profúndis clamávi ad te, Dómine: Dómine, exáudi vocem meam.Fiant aures tuae intendéntes: in vocem deprecationes meae.
The Holy See has extended the availability of certain plenary indulgences for the souls in Purgatory, out of concern for the faithful during this time of pandemic.
According to a decree of 23 October, certain indulgenced acts, which can help to remit the temporal punishment due to sin for those who have died in a state of grace, can be obtained throughout the entire month of November 2020.
The decree was signed by Mauro Cardinal Piacenza, major penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary.
A Plenary Indulgence, applicable to the Faithful Departed, may be gained, under the usual conditions of Confession, Holy Communion and prayer for the Holy Father’s intentions, by making a devout visit to a parish church or a cemetery throughout November this year.
“I look forward to the resurrection of the dead
and the life of the world to come.”
This year, our observance of All Souls Day, the spiritual work of All Souls Indulgence, and the Purgatorial Society Mass bear an unusual weight for Catholics across the world. We turn to God the father in faith, hope and love begging for His consolation and mercy. Many of us have confronted the anxieties of this era with prayer, fasting and almsgiving for the souls who have died. In fact, no day goes by without recalling before the Lord of Life the names of our beloved families and friends who have died, including those who died from complications to COVID 19.
November is the month of Souls in Purgatory. We begin special observances on November 2 and continue through the month. A particularly important observance for all of us is the annual Requiem Mass offered for those souls enrolled in the St Gregory Purgatorial Society.
We invite you to enroll your departed loved ones whom you would like remembered at the altar of the Lord. The enrollment form is here: St Gregory Purgatorial Soc Form.
The Solemn Purgatorial Mass will be Saturday, November 21, at 11:00 a.m., at St Stanislaus Church, New Haven. The traditional chants for the Requiem will be sung. The absolution at the catafalque will be prayed.
The Feast of Christ the King will be observed in a celebration of Solemn Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, State Street at Eld Street in New Haven, on Sunday, 25 October, at 2:00 pm. Father Richard Cipolla, Pastor emeritus of St. Mary’s Church, Norwalk will be the celebrant and homilist, and Father Robert Turner, Pastor of St. Ambrose Parish, North Branford, will be the Deacon. Members of the Schola Cantorum of the Saint Gregory Society will sing the Gregorian chant and polyphony for the service.
Pope Pius XI instituted the feast of Christ the King in his Encyclical Letter of Quas primas of 1925. In this letter showed how laïcism and secularism, by organizing society without any reference to God, lead to the apostasy of the masses and the ruin of society because of their complete denial of Christ’s Kingship, which is one of the greatest heresies of our time. The Pope proposed this feast as an annual liturgical assertion of Christ’s divine right of Kingship as an effective means of combating this pernicious heresy.
By its position on the last Sunday in October, towards the end of the Liturgical Year and just before the All Saints Day, the feast of Christ the King comes at the climax of the celebration of all Christ’s mysteries and a kind of earthly anticipation of his everlasting reign over the elect in the glory of heaven.
Music for the liturgy will include William Byrd’s “Mass for Three Voices” and the Mass proper for the feast of Christ the King (“Dignus est agnus”), and organ music.
The annual High Mass for those enrolled in the Purgatorial Society will be offered on Saturday, November 21st at 11:00 a.m. at St. Stanislaus Church, New Haven.
Fr. Richard Cipolla will be the celebrant and homilist.
The form for enrolling your family and friends may be found on the Purgatorial Society’s page. Or, you may email the St. Gregory Society and the enrollment form can be emailed to you. The address: firstname.lastname@example.org