From Father’s Desk

From Father’s Desk

Dear Parishioners

Mary’s month of October is behind us, Were you able to say the Rosary every day?

Have you found that you have grown in the Faith? I hope you at least found yourself turning to prayer more regularly. In the month of November, we pray especially for the Poor Souls in Purgatory, and especially for family and friends who have gone before us. Please keep offering a daily rosary. You can say a rosary in 15 minutes. Don’t worry that you are not being sufficiently attentive. Trust in the grace of God and the intercession of the Blessed Mother to draw you in to deeper prayer. If you can’t spare a quarter -hour, start with 3 minutes, and say just a decade. Say each word of the prayer softly and calmly, let each word be an offering. Our Lady is pleased with when we have the right intention, and the Lord will bless the prayer offered from the heart.

During November make it a point to pray a Rosary in a cemetery, and also make it a point to go to confession. A partial indulgence can be obtained by devoutly visiting a cemetery and praying for the departed, even if the prayer is only mental. One can gain a plenary indulgence visiting a cemetery each day between November 1 and November 8. These indulgences are applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory.

A plenary indulgence for the Souls in Purgatory is also granted when you visit a church on November 2, All Souls Day, and say an Our Father and recite the Apostles’ Creed. A partial indulgence, applicable to the Souls in Purgatory, can be obtained when the Eternal Rest (Requiem aeternam) is prayed. Pray it every day this month:

Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine, et lux perpetua
luceat eis. Requiescant in pace. Amen.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual
light shine upon them.
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy
of God, rest in peace. Amen.

I will offer Holy Mass on All Souls Day at a cemetery. I will remember all of your intentions at that Mass and pray for all of your beloved dead.

Love and Peace,
Fr. Liam Quinlan


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