November is the Month the Church Dedicates to the Holy Souls in Purgatory
“Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, at least you my friends; for the hand
of God hath smitten me.”
(Job, xix. 21)
“It is therefore a holy and a wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from their sins.”
(II Machabees, xii. 46)
Grant them, O Lord, eternal rest; and let perpetual light shine on them.
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THE COUNCIL OF TRENT - CONCERNING PURGATORY
Began on the third, and terminated on the fourth, day of December, MDLXIII., being the ninth and last under the Sovereign Pontiff, Pius IV.
Whereas the Catholic Church, instructed by the Holy Ghost, has, from the sacred writings and the ancient tradition of the Fathers, taught, in sacred councils, and very recently in this oecumenical Synod, that there is a Purgatory, and that the souls there detained are helped by the suffrages of the faithful, but principally by the acceptable sacrifice of the altar; the holy Synod enjoins on bishops that they diligently endeavour that the sound doctrine concerning Purgatory, transmitted by the holy Fathers and sacred councils, be believed, maintained, taught, and every where proclaimed by the faithful of Christ. But let the more difficult and subtle questions, and which tend not to edification, and from which for the most part there is no increase of piety, be excluded from popular discourses before the uneducated multitude. In like manner, such things as are uncertain, or which labour under an appearance of error, let them not allow to be made public and treated of. While those things which tend to a certain kind of curiosity or superstition, or which savour of filthy lucre, let them prohibit as scandals and stumbling-blocks of the faithful. But let the bishops take care, that the suffrages of the faithful who are living, to wit the sacrifices of masses, prayers, alms, and other works of piety, which have been wont to be performed by the faithful for the other faithful departed, be piously and devoutly performed, in accordance with the institutes of the church; and that whatsoever is due on their behalf, from the endowments of testators, or in other way, be discharged, not in a perfunctory manner, but diligently and accurately, by the priests and ministers of the church, and others who are bound to render this (service).
Taken from: www.thecounciloftrent.com/ch25.htm
“Alas! how feeble is our faith! If a domestic animal, a
little dog, falls into the fire, do you delay to draw it out? And see, your parents, benefactors, persons most dear to you, writhe in the flames of Purgatory, and you do not consider it your urgent duty to relieve them; you delay, you allow long days of suffering
to pass for those poor souls, without making an effort to perform those good works which will release them from their pains.”
(Fr. Schouppe, from his book: Purgatory, pp. 238-239, 1893 Imprimatur)
Below listed are the feasts falling in November 2021:
November 2: Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed, Double.
November 3: Mass of the Season
November 5: FIRST FRIDAY/Mass of the Season
November 6: FIRST SATURDAY/Mass of the Season
November 7: XXIV Sunday after Pentecost, Double.
November 8: Commemoration of the Holy Four Crowned Martyrs.
November 12: St. Martin I Pope and Martyr, Simple.
November 13: St. Didacus Confessor, Simple.
November 14: XXV Sunday after Pentecost, Double; Commemoration of St. Josaphat Bishop and Martyr.
November 16: St. Gertrude Virgin, Double.
November 17: St. Gregory Thaumaturgus Bishop and Confessor, Simple.
November 20: St. Felix of Valois Confessor, Double.
November 21: Last (XXVI) Sunday after Pentecost, Double; Commemoration of Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
November 22: St. Cecilia Virgin and Martyr, Double.
November 25: St. Catherine (of Alexandria), Virgin and Martyr, Double.
November 27: Mass of the Season
THE HOLY SEASON OF ADVENT BEGINS
November 28: I Sunday of Advent, Double of the I Class.
November 29: Commemoration of St. Saturninus, Martyr.
November 30: St. Andrew Apostle, Double of the II Class.
May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.