SAINT AGNES CATHEDRAL 533 South Jefferson Springfield, MO 65806 EXTRAORDINARY FORM OF THE MASS: Celebrant Rev. Jeffery A. Fasching
November 6th, 2011 21st Sunday after Pentecost
Epistle: Eph. 6: 10-17
Gospel: Mt. 18: 23-35
Mass Schedule November 7th through November 11th:
Monday-Feria-NO LATIN MASS
Tuesday-Requiem Mass + Mary Dsouza
Wednesday-Dedication of the Archbasilica of Our Holy Savior
Thursday-Saint Andrew Avellino, Confessor
Friday-Saint Martin of Tours, Bishop & Confessor
The month of November is dedicated to the Holy Souls. On all days from November 1 through November 8 inclusive, a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Poor Souls, is granted to those who visit a cemetery and pray, even if only mentally, for the departed. Partial indulgences are granted to those who recite Lauds or Vespers of the Office of the Dead, and to those who recite the prayer “Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domini, et lux perpetua luceat eis. Requiescant in pace” (“Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace”).
“An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints.” Paul VI, apostolic constitution, Indulgentiarum doctrina, Norm 1.
An indulgence is partial or plenary according as it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin. The faithful can gain indulgences for themselves, or apply them to the dead.
Saint Paul reminds us we must all be prepared to struggle “against the principalities” of this world, namely those angels who rebelled against God whom Christ has won victory over. We must fight with spiritual weapons; truth, righteousness, peace and faith. These weapons guarantee our victory! Our fight should therefore be fought with joy and confidence!
Satan is constantly seeking to bring about man’s eternal damnation. However, since Christ has defeated satan through the power of the cross, satan no longer has power over us. We must, however, still contend with the enemy. Prayer is the single most important weapon for fighting the enemy. Prayer helps us to conquer evil passions and temptations brought about by the devil. It is not enough simply to go through the motions. We must constantly pray from the heart.
Rev. Jeffery A. Fasching