Each year we commemorate the Faithful Departed at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary with a novena of Requiem Masses for the Dead. Those whom you enroll will be included in this novena of Masses and prayed for by the priests and seminarians of the Fraternity in their daily prayers in the Chapel of Sts. Peter and Paul, and in the Seminary cemetery.
The holy card for the All Souls Novena can be downloaded here, with a prayer that can be offered during the novena.
The following is the letter from Fr. Stinson for the All Souls Novena for 2018:
Dear Friend in Christ,
What is merit? Who gains it? How do we aid the Holy Souls in Purgatory with it?
Merit is a saving or redeeming act upon which God bestows a reward, ultimately leading to eternal life in Heaven. Anyone in a state of grace with God can merit such a supernatural reward by their thoughts, words, and deeds, just as countless generations of the faithful departed have done so before us. Lastly, we aid those who have preceded us in faith by offering our merits to God on their behalf, by beseeching the intercession of Our Lady and the Saints, and by imploring the infinite mercy of God in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Will You Join Us in Aiding the Holy Souls?
There is much you can do. The faithful departed cannot help themselves get to Heaven – they need your assistance. As we approach the time of year to commemorate All Souls in November, I ask you to do three things:
- Pray and make sacrifices for the dead, especially by visiting a cemetery each day from November 1 through November 8.
- Enroll your intentions online in our Novena of Masses.
- Please contribute to the support of our Fraternity, so that we are able to continue raising up well-formed, faithful priests to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for the Poor Souls.
Help Rescue Eight Souls from Purgatory This November
The souls in Purgatory can do nothing to ease their suffering, nor hasten their passage into Heaven. The time for them to have earned merit was during life on Earth. That’s why it is crucial for faithful Catholics everywhere to maintain their devotion to the Holy Souls. Help them by praying, fasting, almsgiving, and offering up the many crosses of your daily life. One very important way to liberate a suffering soul is by taking advantage of the indulgence offered by the Church each November.
By making a sacrifice of your time, you can earn a Plenary Indulgence each day (under the usual conditions) for a soul in Purgatory by visiting a cemetery and devoutly praying for the faithful departed from November 1 through November 8. This gives you eight opportunities to help liberate souls from their suffering!
Unite Your Prayers with Our Lady
The Blessed Virgin Mary merits unfathomable graces from God, and continually shows herself a Mother to all the faithful. Under her title of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Our Lady is often depicted in sacred art as dispensing graces upon the Holy Souls in Purgatory, as part of her Scapular promises. This is why we have chosen an image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel for this year’s prayer card.
Legions of Saints including St. Dominic, St. Bridget, St. Bernadine, and St. Alphonsus Liguori attest to Our Lady’s willingness not only to perfect our own prayers and sacrifices that we offer for the Holy Souls, but aid them herself as a Heavenly refreshment, by her prayers. She revealed such to St. Bridget, “I am the mother of all the souls in Purgatory; and all the sufferings which they deserve for the sins committed in life are every hour, while they remain there, alleviated in some measure by my prayers.” Offer your prayers on behalf of the Holy Souls to Our Lady.
Enroll Your Loved Ones in Our Novena of Masses
Christ’s Sacrifice upon the Cross is of infinite merit, thus the most efficacious way of assisting souls in Purgatory is to have the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered for them. Here, too, Our Lady shows herself an unfailing help. The union of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts was shown in her perseverance to the end, being perfectly docile to the Will of God, so that her Son might be immolated as the Sacred Victim. Our Lady is thus present at every Mass – the re-presentation of Calvary.
The priests at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary will offer a Novena of Masses for the deceased from November 2 through November 10, 2018. Please click here to enroll the names of your deceased loved ones, to be remembered in this Novena of Masses. The priests and seminarians will continue to pray for your intentions in daily prayer and throughout their November devotions.
Lastly, Will You Help More Men Go Unto the Altar of God?
The Holy Souls count on us to help them get to Heaven. Each Mass offered for the dead has infinite value – and each requires the sacred prayers and actions of a Catholic priest. We are committed to aiding the Church through well-formed, faithful priests, shaped by the traditions of the Church, guided by the sound teachings of St. Thomas Aquinas, and protected under the mantle of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
We are overjoyed to welcome a new class of men to the seminary this fall – yet we are well aware that it costs $30,000 per year to form each seminarian. Because these men will be focused solely on their formation and studies, and often come from large families, they can contribute very little towards their tuition and living expenses.
So I ask you: As you fill out the online form with your prayer intentions, will you consider including a gift to contribute to the formation of the next generation of faithful, well-formed priests? One of the men currently in formation could very well be the priest who will someday celebrate your Requiem Mass. Pray for the grace of a happy death – and pray for the Holy Souls. May God reward you!
Fr. Michael Stinson, FSSP
North American District Superior