To Save 1,000 Souls
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What an amazing summer 2020 was! Never has SJSP come closer to our goal of offering 1,000 plenary indulgences for the holy souls in purgatory. Let's finish what we started, and for the first time ever, meet our goal of offering 1,000 plenary indulgences for the holy souls!
The timing is perfect!
In the month of November 2020 , the Church has two traditional means of obtaining a plenary indulgence for the souls in Purgatory.
The first is to visit a cemetery and pray for the dead during the Octave of All Saints’ Day, which is Nov. 1-8. This year, the Vatican decreed that this plenary indulgence can be obtained on any day in November.
The second plenary indulgence is connected to the Feast of All Souls’ Day on Nov. 2, and can be received by those who piously visit a church or oratory on that day and recite the Our Father and the Creed. The Vatican said that this plenary indulgence has also been extended and is available to Catholics throughout the month of November to reduce crowds.
Both indulgences must include the three ordinary conditions and full detachment from sin.
The Vatican also said that, because of the health emergency, the elderly, the sick, and others who cannot leave the house for serious reasons can participate in the indulgence from home by reciting prayers for the deceased before an image of Jesus or the Virgin Mary. The Vatican’s decree offered examples of prayers that homebound Catholics can pray for the dead, including lauds or vespers of the Office for the Dead, the rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, other prayers for deceased among their family or friends, or performing a work of mercy by offering their pain and discomfort to God. They must also spiritually unite themselves to other Catholics, be completely detached from sin, and have the intention of fulfilling the ordinary conditions as soon as possible.