St. Joseph Catholic Church, Clayton MO

106 N. Meramec Avenue – Clayton MO 63105 – Parish Office (314) 726-1221

Notes from the Pastor’s Pen – October 31, 2021

Dear friends,

The Church celebrates the Solemnity of All Saints on Monday, November 1 and the Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed, traditionally known as All Souls’ Day, on Tuesday, November 2.

In the liturgical celebration of All Saints, we call to mind all the saints of the Church, both those named and those unnamed, we reflect upon the witness of their lives, and we ask them to pray for us that we might imitate them in their dedication to Christ.

The following day, in the liturgical celebration of All Souls’ Day, we call to mind all those who have gone before us in faith, including our loved ones, and we pray to the Lord God that they will come to share in the life that He has prepared for all those who believe.

One of the time honored practices for the faithful during the month of November is visiting cemeteries and praying there for those who have died: “An indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful, who devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, even if only mentally, for the departed. The indulgence is plenary each day from the 1st to the 8th of November; on other days of the year it is partial” (Enchiridion of Indulgences, 13).

Another time honored practice is visiting a church on All Souls’ Day and praying the Lord’s Prayer and the Creed: “A plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, is granted to the faithful, who on the day dedicated to the Commemoration of all the faithful departed piously visit a church, a public oratory or — for those entitled to use it — a semipublic oratory” (ibid., 67).

As we make our way through this coming month, let us pray for all those who have gone before us in faith, especially our loved ones as well as all those of this Parish, that they will share forever in the life of Christ.

In Christ,
Father Bené

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