November – Month of the Poor Souls

In November, the Church focuses on the Communion of Saints – the Church Triumphant in Heaven, the Church Suffering in Purgatory, and the Church Militant on Earth.

November 1st is the Solemnity of All Saints, a Holy Day of Obligation, honoring those faithful who have attained eternity in Heaven. Masses are at 9 AM and 7 PM (High).

Throughout November the Church also remembers the faithful departed. The need and duty to pray for the dead has always been acknowledged by the Church. It is recommended in the Scriptures of the Old Testament: “It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins” (2 Macch. 12, 46).  On November 2, All Souls’ Day, the Church Militant observes a day of prayer for the Church Suffering, asking the Lord to grant them forgiveness of their sins in the healing purification of Purgatory and eternal rest in Heaven. A plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Poor Souls, is granted* to those who visit any parish or public oratory on All Souls’ Day and there recite one Our Father and one Credo. Masses at St. Boniface Church on All Souls’ Day will be at 9 AM and 7 PM.

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Finally, from November 1st through the 8th, a plenary indulgence can be obtained (under the usual conditions*) for the Poor Souls by visiting a cemetery and there praying for the deceased.

*under the usual conditions – Confession, Holy Communion, prayers for the intentions of the Pope, detachment from even venial sin.

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