In the wake of celebrating the glory of all the Saints in heaven on November 1, the Church turns her intentions for the rest of November to remember and pray for all the souls in Purgatory.
Nativity of Mary will celebrate the Mass for the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls) on Tuesday, November 3, at 6:00pm.
We invite all Catholics to come and pray for not only their beloved dead, but for all souls who are undergoing purification in Purgatory. Through our prayers, we can help them pass through Purgatory into the glories of the heavenly kingdom where they will see God face to face.
A gold candle for each deceased parishioner from the past year at Nativity will be placed at the foot of the Altar to symbolize the union of our prayers for the dead with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Families of the departed are invited to take a candle home with them after Mass and light it when they pray for their beloved departed.
DUE TO FACT THAT NATIVITY IS ALSO A POLLING PLACE, PARISHIONERS MAY ONLY ENTER THE CHURCH THROUGH THE NORTH SIDE, AS THE SOUTH ENTRANCE IS USED EXCLUSIVELY FOR VOTING.
There are also powerful indulgences connected with the Feast of All Souls that are of immense benefit for the Souls in Purgatory. Particularly around this feast and throughout the month of November, the Church asks us to pray for these souls. You can learn more at the linked website here.
And as always, we continually encourage our parish community to pray for our parishioners who have died, as well as their family and loved ones who are grieving. A current list of funerals is kept here.
Given the power of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, it is also a beautiful act of mercy to have a Mass offered for someone who has died. Learn more about requesting a Mass Intention here.
“Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in Purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.”