Envelopes are now available in the vestibule for the annual novena of Masses for the All Souls’ octave (November 1-8). Please be sure to pick one up and return it either by mail or by dropping in the collection basket. Envelopes are due Friday, November 1 before the evening mass.
All Souls’ Day is Saturday, November 2. Three public Masses (with distribution of Holy Communion) will be offered at 7:00 AM, 9:00 AM, and 11:30 AM.
The 9:00 AM Mass will be a solemn Requiem concluding with absolution over the catafalque. A plenary indulgence (under the usual conditions) can be obtained for the poor souls for the visiting of a cemetery any or all days between November 1-8 and praying for the souls in purgatory (there are no prescribed prayers, so it can be anything from a Memorare to a whole Rosary), as well as praying for intention of the Holy Father. Everyone is strongly encouraged to assist at Mass this day, if possible, keeping in mind the words from Sacred Scripture: It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from their sins. (2 Macc 12:46)
Raymond Cardinal Burke and Bishop Athanasius Schneider recently published a document addressing significant concerns about the upcoming Synod on the Pan Amazon in Rome. They have called upon Catholics to fast weekly and to pray often through October to implore God to prevent error and heresy from perverting the assembly. The document can be found online at www.ncregister.com/images/uploads/BurkeSchneider.pdf
Archbishop Hebda has called for an archdiocesan synod in 2021, which is an assembly designated to help identify the most important needs in the archdiocese and determine a pastoral plan for the future. To help assist with the agenda for the synod, he is hosting “listening sessions” around the archdiocese where he will be present, to which any of the faithful can attend and respectfully bring their views to his attention. A list was provided last week on the back of the bulletin insert and can be also found at archspm.org/synod.
Christ the King is Sunday, October 27. Established by Pope Pius XI in 1925 in a call to “restore all things in Christ,” the feast was placed on the last Sunday of October in proximity to All Saints’ and All Souls’ days, proclaiming Christ as King over all the Church and the world, as well to counteract “Reformation Sunday” in Protestant circles, which occurs the same day.
The 10:30 Solemn High Mass will include a small orchestra and conclude with a Eucharistic procession around the block (weather permitting) and Benediction. All are encouraged to attend!