MASS TIMES FOR FRIDAY 1ST NOVEMBER (Feast of All Saints)
INDULGENCES AT THE COMMEMORATION OF ALL SOULS
- From Twelve O’clock noon on 1st November until midnight on 2nd November, all who have confessed, received Holy Communion and prayed for the pope’s intentions (one Our Father and Hail Mary, or any other prayer of one’s choice) can gain one plenary indulgence by visiting a church or oratory, and there reciting one Our Father and the Apostle’s Creed. This indulgence is applicable only to the souls of the departed. Confession may be made at any time within the week preceding or the week following 1st November. Holy Communion may be received on any day from 1st November to 8th November.
- The Faithful who visit a cemetery and pray for the dead may gain a plenary indulgence applicable only to the Holy Souls on the usual conditions once per day from 1st November to 8th November. The conditions mentioned above apply also to this.
What are Indulgences?
Indulgences are the remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven. The faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains the indulgence under prescribed conditions for either himself or the departed. Indulgences are granted through the ministry of the Church which, as the dispenser of the grace of redemption, distributes the treasury of the merits of Christ and the Saints.
Whose days are without end
And whose mercies beyond counting,
Keep us mindful
That life is short and the hour of death unknown. Let your Spirit guide our days on earth
In the ways of holiness and justice,
That we may serve you
In union with the whole Church,
Sure in faith, strong in hope, perfect in love.
And when our earthly journey is ended,
Lead us rejoicing into your kingdom,
Where you live forever and ever. Amen.