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 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. Saguto for the All Souls Novena for 2017:
Dear Friend in Christ,
Since God first breathed life into our ancestors Adam and Eve, as many as 100 billion people have walked the Earth.
Out of this enormous group, only about 10,000 are venerated as Saints. There are surely many more saints whom the Church has not officially recognized. These holy men and women are now receiving their eternal reward.
Over 7 billion of us are alive right now, working out our salvation “with fear and trembling.” (Phil 2:12)
What of the remaining billions who have died and received their particular judgment? Are they beyond hope?
Not at all! For we, as Catholics, know that God and His mercy exist outside of time. He can apply the fruits of our prayers today to assist the soul of even a hardened sinner who died decades ago.
That’s why Holy Mother Church commands us to pray for the dead – all of the dead, without exception.
My friend, we have much work to do. Billions of departed souls can’t help themselves get to Heaven; they need us! And so, as we commemorate the souls in purgatory this November, I ask you to do three things:
- Pray and make sacrifices for the dead each day.
- Send in the enclosed reply card with your prayer intentions for our Novena of Masses.
- Please send your next gift to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), so that we can continue to form holy priests who will offer Masses for the souls in Purgatory.
Help rescue eight souls from Purgatory this November
The souls in Purgatory can do nothing to hasten their passage into Heaven. The time for these meritorious works is during our life on Earth. That’s why it is crucial for faithful Catholics everywhere to maintain their devotion to these souls. You can help a poor soul by praying, fasting, almsgiving, and offering up the many crosses of your daily life.
Holy Mother Church encourages devotion to the souls in Purgatory during the month of November. Don’t forget that you can earn one plenary indulgence each day (under the usual conditions) for the Souls in Purgatory by devoutly visiting a cemetery and praying for the departed from November 1 thru November 8.
This gives you eight opportunities to help rescue a soul from the cleansing fire of Purgatory! Make your plan now to earn as many indulgences as possible.
Enroll you loved ones in our Novena of Masses
The most efficacious way of assisting the deceased, of course, is to offer Masses for them. As always, our priests at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary will be offering a special Novena of Masses for the deceased from November 2 thru November 10, 2017.
We invite you to join your prayers with ours. Please fill out the enclosed reply card with the names of your deceased loved ones to be remembered in this Novena of Masses and return it to us today. And please help us form more priests to offer Masses for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
Will you help 22 more men get to the altar?
Many billions of souls are counting 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 holy Catholic priest.
The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter is committed to forming these priests in 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 were overjoyed to welcome 22 new men to the seminary this fall – bringing our total number of seminarians to 92 – but we are well aware that it costs $30,000 per year to form each seminarian. And because these men will be focused solely on their formation and studies, they can contribute very little towards their tuition and living expenses.
So I ask you, dear friend of the Fraternity: As you return your reply card with your prayer intentions, will you consider enclosing a gift to help cover the formation of traditional priests? One of the men currently in formation could be the very priest who will someday celebrate your Requiem Mass. May we all enjoy the grace of a happy death – and may we never forget the Holy Souls in their hour of need.
Sincerely in Our Lord, Our Lady, and St. Peter,
Fr. Gerard Saguto, FSSP
District Superior, North America