Today, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is a Holy Day of Obligation. Low Mass will be offered at 5:30 p.m. at St Stanislaus Church, New Haven.
The infallibly defined dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Latin Catholic Church reveals to us that “God freely chose Mary from all eternity to be the Mother of his Son. In order to carry out her mission she herself was conceived immaculate. This means that, thanks to the grace of God and in anticipation of the merits of Jesus Christ, Mary was preserved from original sin from the first instant of her conception” (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church).
Mary is the “New Eve,” the Mother of God, Mother of us all. As such, we believe that Mary Immaculate is a type of the Church and the perfect model of holiness for all Christians.
Under the title is the Immaculate Conception she is the patroness of the United States of America. May she intercede for us before the Throne of Grace!
On December 4, the First Friday Mass will be offered at 8:00 a.m.
Those enrolled in the St Gregory Purgatory Society are remembered at the Mass.
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.