The annual St Gianna Mass for friends and benefactors of the St Gianna Pregnancy Resource Center will be offered tonight at 6:00 p.m.
High Mass will be offered in the Extraordinary Form.
St Augustine Church, 30 Caputo Road, North Branford.
The liturgical memorial for St Gianna is April 28. For the last few years we have had the St Gianna Mass due the devotion to the person of St Gianna and the work of New Haven’s Center.
Join us in prayer.
The Winter (Lucy) Ember Days
Wednesday, December 16
Friday, December 18
Saturday, December 19
The Ember days are set for us, four times a year, to center our attention on God’s Providence given through the beauty of creation. The Ember Days refine our understanding that by the quarterly periods that there is a sacramentality of creation. We have now past the feast of Saint Lucy, one of the great Virgin-Martyrs on December 13. This feast day signals that the winter ember days are coming coming historically after the harvest (some people will say following the harvest of the olives).
As you note from the dates above, the three days of asceticism (a disciplined time of prayer and fasting) preparing us for the Nativity of the Lord. Part of the Church’s tradition is to fast on Wednesday and Saturday, and to fast and abstain on Friday.
Pray for the poor and the ill, pray for the clergy, for the Latin Mass apostolate.
For more information on Ember Days, read this blog post at Fisheaters.
Fr. Arnaud Devillers, FSSP, has a brief essay on the Ember Days.
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 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