Our Lord told in a vision Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, in which she relates, that in reparation for the ingratitude of men, He be honored for His love under the emblem of His human heart. He made twelve specific promises of reward for such honor. In particular, “To those who will go to Communion on the First Friday of the month, during nine consecutive months, I promise the grace of final perseverance.”
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque said, “The sacred heart of Christ is an inexhaustible fountain and its sole desire is to pour itself out into the hearts of the humble so as to free them and prepare them to lead lives according to his good pleasure.”
“From this divine heart three streams flow endlessly. The first is the stream of mercy for sinners; it pours into their hearts sentiments of contrition and repentance. The second is the stream of charity which helps all in need and especially aids those seeking perfection in order to find the means of surmounting their difficulties. From the third stream flow love and light for the benefit of his friends who have attained perfection; these he wishes to unit to himself so that they may share his knowledge and commandments and, in their individual ways, devote themselves wholly to advancing his glory.”
The members of the Saint Gregory Purgatorial Society were remembered at a Missa Cantata offered at 7:00 p.m. at Saint Stanislaus Church (New Haven) earlier this evening. Father John Pikulski prayed the prayers of the Requiem Mass with Saint Gregory Schola Cantorum singing the tradition chants.
May eternal light shine upon them, O Lord: With Thy saints forever, because Thou art merciful. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. With thy saints forever, because Thou art merciful. (4 Esdras 2:35, 34)
Do Thou, we pray, O Lord, deliver the souls of Thy servants enrolled in the St Gregory Purgatorial Society from every bond of guilt, that in the glory of the resurrection, they may live again, raised up to the fellowship of Thy saints and the elect. Through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who being God, lives and reigns with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost….
The Saint Gregory Society remembers all those deceased whose names are enrolled in the Purgatorial Society. Since the 11th century the Church has had the practice and desire to pray for the salvation the souls in purgatory. The spiritual benefits of the Purgatorial Society: the person is remembered at every First Friday Mass at 8 a.m. as well as on All Souls’s Day, in the daily prayers and good works of the Society, and at a Requiem Mass (Missa Cantata) scheduled in November.
This year the Requiem Mass is on Friday, November 20th at 7:00 p.m.
Those wishing their loved ones’ names to be remembered in the Purgatorial Society ought to submit the names to the Saint Gregory Purgatorial Society, P.O. Box 891, New Haven, CT., 06504. The annual enrollment is $35.00 for the first name, and $10.00 for an additional name. All benefactions support the good work of the Saint Gregory Society.