The annual St. Gregory Purgatorial Society High Mass of Requiem will be offered this Thursday evening, November 10, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Stanislaus Church for members and friends of the Society as well as those enrolled in the Saint Gregory Purgatorial Society . The Reverend Robert L. Turner, Pastor of St. Ambrose Parish, North Branford, will be the celebrant. This beautiful Mass of the Dead offered in the traditional rite is one of the most edifying experiences to be had by a faithful Christian. We urge our members and friends to attend and to enroll departed family members and friends in the Purgatorial Society for 2022-23. Please click the ”Purgatorial Society” button to the left for further information and access to the enrollment form.
The Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King will be observed in a celebration of Solemn High Mass and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Stanislaus Church, State Street at Eld Street in New Haven, on Sunday, 31 October, at 2:00 pm. The Reverend Canon Joel Estrada, ICKSP, Pastor of St. Patrick’s Parish and Oratory, Waterbury will be the celebrant, and The Reverend Robert L. Turner, Pastor of St. Ambrose Parish, North Branford, will be the deacon.
Pope Pius XI instituted the feast of Christ the King in his Encyclical Letter Quas primas of 1925. This letter explained 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 sung by the Schola Cantorum of the St. Gregory Society will include the Gregorian Mass Ordinary IV, the motets “Gloria tibi” by Wm. Byrd, and “O Sacrum Convivium” by Ludovico Viadana, the Gregorian chant proper of the feast (“Dignus est agnus”), and organ music by William Byrd and Orlando Gibbons.
We have all suffered the loss of loved ones. The profound separation that we undergo in the body, the Church teaches us that we remain united to those who have died by faith and prayer. The dead are aware of our prayers for them, and the saints and souls in Purgatory pray for us, awaiting reunion with us as we do with them.
The Purgatorial Society as part of the Church Militant during the month of November will offer a High Mass and special prayers, and a monthly Low Mass, for the deceased whose names are given to us. Mass and prayer assist the deceased in their process of being purified of any impurities that remained at their deaths. These Masses and prayers are efficacious as the saints have taught.
The 2022 Purgatorial Solemn High Mass for those enrolled in the Society will be offered on Thursday, November 10th at 7:30 p.m.
For more information: https://saint-gregory.org/purgatorial-society/
Please send the names of your beloved deceased (the form can be found on SGS website at the link above) and donation to:
The Saint Gregory Society
P.O. Box 891
New Haven, CT 06504