Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost

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The Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost will be observed in a celebration of High Mass at St. Stanislaus Church, State Street at Eld Street, New Haven, this Sunday, November 11, at 2:00 pm. The Rev. John Pikulski will be the celebrant, and the Schola Cantorum of the St. Gregory Society will sing the Gregorian chant for the service

The Gospel for the Twenty-fifth Sunday after Pentecost presents the parable of the wheat and the tares. Our Lord shows us how even though he has planted much good among us, an enemy (the devil) has sown evil in our midst as well. During our lives, the two are allowed to grow side by side according to our acceptance or rejection of God’s will. During the Last Judgment, the angels will separate the sons of the evil one (the tares) from the sons of the kingdom of heaven (the wheat).

During this close of the Church year when the liturgy invites us to meditate on last things, let us pray that we receive the discernment to choose to the good in our lives (the wheat) and to resist temptations to do evil (the tares).

Music for the service will include the Gregorian Mass Ordinary XI (“Orbis factor”), the proper Gregorian chants, the chant Antiphon “Domine, nonne bonum” the polyphonic motet “Ave verum corpus” by Josquin DesPrez (139), and organ music by Johann Pachelbel and J. S. Bach.

All Souls Indulgence

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let the radiance of your light shine forever upon them (cf. 2 Es 2:35).

To you our praise is due in Zion, O God.
To you we pay our vows, you who hear our prayer; to you all flesh will come (Ps 64:2-3).

Requirements for Obtaining a Plenary Indulgence on All Souls Day (November 2 )

– Piously visit a church to pray for the faithful departed
– Say one “Our Father” and the “Creed” in the visit to the church
– Say one “Our Father” and one “Hail Mary” for the intentions of the Pope
– Worthily receive Holy Communion (ideally on the same day)
– Make a Sacramental Confession within a week of (before or after) All Souls Day
– that one be free from all attachment to sin, even venial sin.

Requirements for Obtaining a Plenary Indulgence from November 1 to 8

– Devoutly visit a cemetery and pray for the dead.
– Say one “Our Father” and one “Hail Mary” for the intentions of the Pope
– Worthily receive Holy Communion (ideally on the same day)
– Make a Sacramental Confession within a week of (before or after) All Souls Day
– that one be free from all attachment to sin, even venial sin.

The “technical” things on Indulgences (so that we don’t fall into error)…from the Handbook of Indulgences, Norms:

“1. An indulgence is the remission in the eyes of God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose culpable element has already been taken away. The Christian faithful who are rightly disposed and observe the definite, prescribed conditions gain this remission through the effective assistance of the Church, which, as the minister of redemption, authoritatively distributes and applies the treasury of the expiatory works of Christ and the Saints.”

“22. The prescribed work for gaining a plenary indulgence attached to a church or oratory is a devout visit there, which includes the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer and the Creed (Pater Noster and Credo), unless otherwise stated in a specific grant.”

“23. 1. Besides the exclusion of all attachment to sin, even venial sin, the requirements for gaining a Plenary Indulgence are the performance of the indulgenced work and fulfillment of three conditions: Sacramental Confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayer for the Pope’s intentions.

  1. Several Plenary Indulgences may be gained on the basis of a single Sacramental Confession; only one may be gained, however, on the basis of a single Eucharistic Communion and prayer for the Pope’s intentions.
  2. The three conditions may be carried out several days preceding or following performance of the prescribed work. But it is more fitting that the Communion and the prayer for the Pope’s intentions take place on the day the work is performed.
  3. If a person is not fully disposed or if the prescribed work and the three mentioned conditions are not fulfilled, the Indulgence will only be partial …”
  4. The condition requiring prayer for the Pope’s intentions is satisfied by reciting once the Our Father and Hail Mary for his intentions (Pater Noster and Ave Maria); nevertheless all the faithful have the option of reciting any other prayer suited to their own piety and devotion.”

From the Handbook of Indulgences, Grants

  1. Visiting a Church or an Oratory on All Souls Day
    A Plenary Indulgence, which is applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory is granted to the Christian faithful who devoutly visit a church or an oratory on (November 2nd,) All Souls Day.13. Visiting a cemetery
    An indulgence is granted the Christian faithful who devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, if only mentally, for the dead, This indulgence is applicable only to the souls in purgatory. This indulgence is a plenary one from November 1 through November 8 and can be granted on each one of these days. On the other days of the year this indulgence is a partial one.

St Gregory Purgatorial Society Enrollment

Dear Friends,

The Church has again arrived at a special time of the year devoted by to the holy souls in Purgatory. Holy Mother Church exhorts us during the month of November to increase our prayers and sacrifices for the remission of the residual effects incurred by the faithful departed whose sins have already been pardoned.

St. Augustine taught: “It is not to be doubted that we can aid the souls of the departed by the prayers of the Church, by the holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and by the alms which we offer for them.” Holy Mother Church has always taught that prayers for the faithful departed are good, pious and useful, and she has always offered Masses for the deceased.

In order to honor this venerable tradition in providing relief to the suffering souls, the Saint Gregory Purgatorial Society, is accepting names of the deceased. In 2018, the Purgatorial High Mass for those enrolled in the Society will be offered on Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00 p.m. Enrollment of your beloved deceased in the Purgatorial Society is for one year. We ask for a sacrificial offering of $35 for the first name, and $10 for each additional name.

The Enrollment form is here. Please remit your enrollment by November 12.

We will place these names on the altar to be remembered at the commemoratio pro defunctis of every Mass offered at annual Requiem Mass, at each First Friday of the year, and at the 2:00 p.m. Latin Masses on Sundays during November.

In addition to joining us for Mass on November 13th, for the relief of the poor souls in purgatory —especially in a time when caring for the souls has sadly diminished—we encourage you to pray for daily for the deceased during November and visit a cemetery to pray for the deceased some time between November 1st and the 8th, when one may also gain a plenary indulgence for the faithful departed. See a brief outline on how to obtain a plenary indulgence for the Holy Souls in Purgatory on the Saint Gregory website (http://saint-gregory.org).

Finally, I encourage each of you to begin now inviting your friends and family members to participate in this noble effort. Many thanks for your generosity on behalf of the holy souls in purgatory.

Yours faithfully in the Lord,

Nicholas Renouf
Chairman on behalf of the Officers of the Society