The Communion of Saints

The month of November begins with two important feast days of the Church – All Saints Day on November 1st and All Souls Day on November 2nd. The Catholic faithful celebrate All Saints Day by commemorating the Saints in Heaven and All Souls Day by commemorating the Souls in Purgatory. Both feast days remind us of the Communion of Saints, that we, the faithful on earth, are connected in charity to those who have reached their home in Heaven and to those who are expiating their sins in Purgatory. (CCC 1475)

Why is there a Purgatory? At this point, it is necessary for us to understand that sin has a double consequence. Committing a grave or mortal sin deprives us of communion with God and therefore makes us incapable of eternal life. On the other hand, although venial sin does not deprive one of eternal life, it also entails a temporal punishment. These punishments must not be understood as a kind of vengeance inflicted by God, but as a consequence of the very nature of sin. (CCC 1472) When one makes a good confession, one obtains the forgiveness of sins and communion with God is restored, but the temporal punishment of sin remains. (CCC 1473) Purgatory is the final purification of those who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still have temporal punishment due to their sins. (CCC 1030)

Therefore, it is so important for the faithful on earth to aspire for a total conversion which proceeds from a fervent charity, which can attain the complete purification of the sinner in such a way that no punishment remains. A Christian should strive by works of mercy and charity, as well as by prayer and the various practices of penance, to put off completely the old self and to put on the new self. (CCC 1472-1473)

Within the Communion of Saints, the faithful on earth ask for the intercession of the Saints in Heaven on their path to holiness, while at the same time interceding for the Souls in Purgatory, so that through God’s love and mercy, they may obtain the complete purification necessary to enter the joys of heaven. Offering a Mass is the highest means the Church can provide for the Souls in Purgatory, but the faithful on earth can also offer prayers and penances. Another way is to obtain indulgences for them, so that the temporal punishments due to their sins may be remitted. (CCC 1479)

How wonderful indeed it is that in the Communion of Saints, we the faithful on earth are not alone on our path to holiness. The Saints in Heaven, the Souls in Purgatory and the faithful on earth are all joined, in Christ and through Christ, in the supernatural unity of His Mystical Body. (CCC 1474)

A plenary indulgence, applicable only to the souls in purgatory, is granted to the faithful who, on any and each day from November 1 to 8, devoutly visit a cemetery and pray for the departed, and on All Souls’ Day, devoutly visit a church or a chapel and recite an Our Father and the Creed.

A partial indulgence, applicable only to the souls in purgatory, is granted to the faithful who, devoutly visit a cemetery and pray for the dead and devoutly recite lauds or vespers from the Office of the Dead or the prayer Requiem Aeternam (Eternal rest).

In order to obtain the plenary indulgence, the faithful must be in the state of grace, have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin (including venial sin), receive the sacrament of confession, receive the Holy Eucharist, and offer prayers for the intentions of the Pope.

You may bring photos of your departed loves ones on Sunday, October 30 and All Saints Day on November 1. All Saints Day Mass at 12:00pm is offered in loving memory of our departed parishioners. All Souls Day Mass on November 2 at 12:00pm is offered for the Souls in Purgatory.

This year, Giving Tuesday is on November 29, 2022. We are raising funds to purchase a new monstrance for Eucharistic Adoration. Our old monstrance needs a rest. Online donations on the iGiveCatholic website are accepted from November 14 to 29, 2022. Please go to the website and select HOLY NAME OF JESUS CHINESE CATHOLIC MISSION. Beginning this Sunday, you can also donate by using the iGiveCatholic envelopes. Thank you!

We will have our Volunteer Day on Saturday, November 5, 2022 from 8am to 11am. We will no longer re-paint the parking lot stripes because there is a shortage of striping paint. Instead, we need help cleaning the Monument sign and assembling shelves in the shed.  

Attention parents and children: Sunday School will meet immediately after the 10:30am Mass at the Nursery room. Today’s lesson is about the Canonization of the Saints. Parents are invited to sit in during the class.  

Attention all who participated in the Chinese Cursillo. We will have our monthly meeting today after Mass in the Conference Room.

A free webinar on Catholic Marriage and Canon Law will be offered on November 19 (Mandarin) by Rev. Vincent Woo. This webinar is intended for catechists and those who work in marriage preparation.

Prayer List: Liang Chenjing, Pan Bohao, Angela Griffin, Wang Dacheng, Long Guorui, Zhang Qiang, Xu Taicheng and Qiu Laihao.