NOVEMBER 11, 2018
ThirtY-SECONd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Prayer for the Faithful Departed
Almighty Father, source of forgiveness and salvation, grant that our relatives and friends who have passed from this life may, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of all the saints, come to share your eternal happiness through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.
May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
May the Lord bless us, may he keep us from evil and bring us to life everlasting.
Ways to Pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory
The Catholic Church dedicates the entire month of November to the Holy Souls in Purgatory. During this month, we pray for the souls of the faithful departed, especially those whom we have known and loved. Catholics observe The Commemoration of the Faithful Departed (All Souls Day) on November 2.
The souls in purgatory died in the mercy of God, this is why they are called holy; however, because they still had attachment to sin at the time of their death, they must undergo a spiritual purification of their souls before they are able to fully love God with their whole heart, mind, and soul for all eternity.
The holy souls are “saved souls” - they will enjoy the reward of heaven - but during their lives they were not the perfect souls that Christ commanded them to be (Mt 5:48), and for which He provided every grace and means for them to become (2 Pt 1:3). We are meant to die after living as saints. Those who die in the love of God but fall short of holiness due to habitual sinful clingings must be pure before being admitted to the beatific vision, that is, the vision of God that the saints in heaven enjoy for all eternity. Those in purgatory cannot pray for themselves. This is why they are also called “poor” souls. They can no longer merit anything for themselves and they must rely entirely on others to pray and make sacrifices on their behalf. As they are nevertheless part of the Communion of Saints, they depend upon us to help ease their suffering and quickly advance them through their purification so that they can join the saints in heaven.
Prayers for the faithful departed pleases God, who makes use of our prayers to help purify these souls that He loves. It is an act of charity that we can give for those we have known and loved, for our ancestors who gave us life, for those who were our benefactors, for those whose memory is lost, and for those who have no one else to pray for them.
† Pray the Novena to the Holy Souls.
† Offer up your Holy Communion for the souls in purgatory.
† Offer Masses for your departed loved ones, especially on the anniversary of his or her death.
† Pray The Way of the Cross for the Souls in Purgatory.
† Offer a Rosary for the Holy Souls.
† Obtain indulgences. Indulgences reduce or cancel the temporal punishment that we incur through sin. There are many ways to obtain indulgences through pious actions, and we can apply their merits to the dead.
† If you visit a church or oratory on All Souls Day and there recite the Lord’s Prayer and the Apostle’s Creed, you can earn a plenary (full) indulgence applicable only to the souls in purgatory (under the usual conditions).
A Message to the People of Christ
September 23, 2018
The peace of Our Lord be with you.
Our Archdiocese of Agana recently concluded participation in a series of meetings that is vitally important to the wellness of our Church, but more importantly, to the well-being and peace of men and women whom the Church severely harmed in the past.
Legal counsel of our archdiocese and other defendants such as the Boy Scouts of America, the Capuchins and Sisters of Mercy participated in mediation with legal counsel of the close to 200 plaintiffs concerning sexual abuse cases involving our Church from Monday-Friday, Sept. 17-21. It was a lengthy and intense process. However, our archdiocese has welcomed it.
As a faith people striving to correct the grave wrongs of the past, we do not have the power to change history. As much as we want, we cannot undo the sins and crimes that were perpetrated by much too many clergymen and laypersons upon innocent children who relied on the Church for faith and guidance.
We cannot change history. However, we must accept and own that it is part of our history. We bear responsibility. We are culpable.
We cannot rewrite history and the despicable things that occurred in the past. However, we can ensure that the rest of the history of the Catholic Church on Guam from this point on, is one that unequivocally replaces the evil of child abuse, deception and complicity that existed in the past, with one that fills all aspects of our Church with the True Light of Christ, especially in regards to the way we treat our most vulnerable brothers and sisters.
In the mediation series, the archdiocese and all parties involved, negotiated earnestly and in good faith during the private and highly confidential process that placed the welfare of victims abuse victims and survivors as our top priority. The archdiocese sought to reach an agreement on compensation amounts for each of the plaintiffs.
Although we have fallen short of reaching global settlement after a fruitful week of negotiation, the archdiocese remains engaged in this process. The archdiocese characterizes this round of mediation as anything but a failure. Nothing good and worthwhile—certainly a goal to achieve peace and resolution—can occur without the affected individuals or groups first coming together to talk. That our Church on Guam is committed to sitting down with legal counsel of the plaintiffs, or in some cases the actual victims themselves, is already a fruit of the Holy Spirit. Guided by the Courts and highly experienced mediators, we plan on participating in more talks with the legal counsel of all plaintiffs in the near future. We shall update our faithful and the community in general when such mediation will be scheduled, of course in coordination with the justice system.
I ask all Catholics on Guam then, to open your hearts and minds to this position, resolve and commitment that we the archdiocese has sincerely adopted. That is, to fully and steadfastly uphold our obligation to do right by all who have suffered abuse by clergy or lay persons in our Catholic Church on Guam. To provide rightful and proper resolution and compensation to these men and women and do all in our power to ensure that no other persons suffer the same harm that was inflicted on the victims of the past.
This commitment means that we the Church, continues to welcome means such as mediation in order to reach settlement, financial compensation and resolution with and for the victims and survivors of child abuse in our archdiocese. Together, as one body in Christ, we shall right the wrongs of the past and rebuild trust in our Church. Ephesians 4:2-4 reminds us how we are to do so: “...with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace: one body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism.”
Finally, I thank all parties who participated in the mediation process, as well as the victims the individuals they represent. I pledge the archdiocese‟s commitment in this process of healing and resolution.
Sincerely in Christ,
Archbishop Michael Byrnes
Archdiocese of Agana
Pope in Ireland:
Parents are the first example of faith for children
By: Hannah Brockhaus (Catholic News Agency)
The first place children learn the faith is in the home, following the good exam-ple of their parents, Pope Francis said during a meeting with newly-wed and en-gaged couples in Ireland.
“The first and most important place for passing on the faith is the home, through the quiet daily example of parents who love our Lord and trust in his word,” the pope said August 25.
Offering examples of what to do, he urged Catholics to “pray together as a fami-ly; speak of good and holy things; let our Mother Mary into your family life. Cel-ebrate the feasts of the Christian people. Live in deep solidarity with those who suffer and are at the edges of society.”
Francis spoke during an encounter in Dublin‟s St. Mary‟s Pro-Cathedral for the World Meeting of Families, following a question from a recently married couple who asked for advice on how to teach the faith to the children they hope to have in the future.
He said in the family—the “domestic church” - is where children learn integrity and sacrifice. They learn from watching their father and mother how to love God and the Church.
“In a word, your children will learn from you how to live a Christian life; you will be their first teachers in the faith,” he stated. “The faith is passed on „around the family table,‟ in ordinary conversation, in the language that persevering love alone knows how to speak.” The pope acknowledged that this may seem obvious to some, but that people can forget.
In answer to a question from an engaged couple on how to show the value of the life-long commitment of marriage, particularly of the sacrament, Francis said that when a man and woman enter into the bond of matrimony, it is God‟s grace that enables them to freely promise to one another “an exclusive and enduring love.”
It is true that today, our society is not used to things which last, he said. How in this provisional culture, can we create something that lasts?, he asked. It is not just about being in love, but about making a commitment to grow that love for the whole of life.
“Because love is not temporary. Enthusiasm might be temporary, being enchant-ed. But love, real love, is final,” he said.
Speaking about the vocation of marriage, he said, “marriage in the Church, that is, the sacrament of matrimony, shares in a special way in the mystery of God‟s eternal love.”
“Of all the kinds of human fruitfulness, marriage is unique. It is about a love that gives rise to new life. It involves mutual responsibility for the transmission of God‟s gift of life, and it provides a stable environment in which that new life can grow and flourish.” Francis recalled a time when he was a young child and he saw his father kiss his mother after he returned home from work. “What a beauti-ful thing! May your children see you like that, kissing, embracing. This is how they learn,” he advised.
At the beginning of the encounter, a couple that has been married for 50 years offered a brief witness, saying they wanted to tell young people that though fami-ly life is challenging, it is worthwhile.
This is wisdom that young people need, Francis answered, encouraging young couples to listen to the advice of their grandparents and other married couples. Even mothers-in-law have wisdom, he teased.
GUIDELINES FOR THE RECEPTION OF COMMUNION
FOR CATHOLICS—As Catholics, we fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when we receive Holy Communion. We are encouraged to receive Communion devoutly and frequently. In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, participants should not be conscious of grave sin and normally should have fasted for one hour. A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord without prior sacramental confession except for a grave reason where there is no opportunity for confession. In this case, the person is to be mindful of the obligation to make an act of perfect con-trition, including the intention of confessing as soon as possible (canon 916). A frequent reception of the Sacrament of Penance is encouraged for all.
FOR OUR FELLOW CHRISTIANS—We welcome our fellow Christians to this celebration of the Eucharist as our brothers and sisters. We pray that our common baptism and the action of the Holy Spirit in this Eucharist will draw us closer to one another and begin to dispel the sad divisions which separate us. We pray that these will lessen and finally disappear, in keeping with Christ’s prayer for us “that they may all be one” (Jn 17:21).
Because Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of the oneness of faith, life, and worship, members of those church with whom we are not yet fully united are ordinarily not admitted to Holy Commun-ion. Eucharistic sharing in exceptional circumstances by other Christians requires permission according to the directives of the diocesan bishop and the provisions of canon law (canon 844 §4). Members of the Orthodox Churches, the Assyrian Church of the East, and the Polish National Catholic Church are urged to respect the discipline of their own Churches. According to Roman Catholic discipline, the Code of Canon Law does not object to the reception of Communion by Christians of these Churches (canon 844 §3).
FOR THOSE NOT RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION—All who are not receiving Holy Communion are encourage to express in their hearts a prayer-ful desire for unity with the Lord Jesus and with one another.
*Guidelines approved by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1996.
To receive Holy Communion worthily:
1. You must be in a state of grace, not having committed any mortal sin. If you have committed a mortal sin, you must go to confession before receiving Holy Communion.
2. You must believe that Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist. It is our Lord whom you receive in Holy Communion.
3. You must observe the Eucharistic Fast. The Church says we must fast one hour before Mass. This means no food or drink. The only exceptions are water and medication.
4. You must spend time thanking Jesus after you have received Him in Holy Communion. It is recommended that we pray the Anima Christi.
Additional resources: www.medjugorje.org/adorehim; www.uga.edu/cc/liturgy/adoration.htm; 2heartsnetwork.org/adoration.htm; In the Presence of the Lord: The History, Theology & Psychology of Eucharistic Adoration by Fr. Benedict Groeschel
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