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Confession 4:45 p.m.- 5:45 p.m.
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Confession at 3:00 p.m.

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St. Louis Mission Bazaar - 11/23/2019

Join us Sat., November 23 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the St. Louis Parish Center for our Annual Mission Bazaar! There will be a silent auction, raffles, holiday cookie sale, candy, baked goods, crafts, lunch and so much more! Proceeds benefit the missions.

Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast - 11/24/2019

Join us for the Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast at St. Mary’s, Milaca on Sunday, November 24 following the 8:00 a.m. Mass. Proceeds will benefit the Crosier Fathers and Brothers.

 

Pastor's Corner


Dear Brothers and Sisters,|

The Church dedicates the month of November to praying for holy souls in purgatory. I've been asked before: "Has the Church done away with purgatory?" No, the Church hasn't. I understand why people may think this, as it isn't talked about amongst the faithful, and even less is it preached about at Mass.

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we find: 

1030 All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.

1031 The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned.606 The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent. The tradition of the
Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire.607

1032 This teaching is also based on the practice of prayer for the dead, already mentioned in Sacred Scripture: "Therefore [Judas Maccabeus] made atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin."609 From the beginning, the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God.610 The Church also commends almsgiving, indulgences, and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead.

Let us pray for our beloved dead. They are most grateful for our prayers. 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.

Did you know that you can also give a partial indulgence to souls in purgatory? It can be obtained when the Eternal Rest (Requiem aeternam) is prayed. This is a good prayer to recite especially during the month of November: 

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.

Peace of Christ,
Fr. Derek

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