Posted on October 24, 2011
On Wednesday, November 2, Calvary continues its fifty-year tradition of celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at the main outdoor altar of the cemetery at 10:00 a.m. All are invited to take part in this spiritual work of mercy to pray for and give thanks for the lives of the departed.
A limited number of seats are available around the outdoor altar, so attendees are encouraged to bring folding chairs or blankets for ground seating in the tranquil, park-like setting around the altar. Historically, the weather has been in the mid-70-degree range, so relaxed and comfortable dress is encouraged. For a detailed weather forecast for November 2, click here.
For more than ten centuries Catholics have gathered on November 2 of each year as a community to remember and pray for the souls of their deceased loved ones. While many of the faithful pray often for departed family members and friends, this day was earmarked by the Church as a special day of remembrance, complete with indulgences for the souls of loved ones.
A plenary, or full, indulgence for souls may be granted each day from November 1 through November 8 for those who devoutly visit a cemetery and pray for the departed. To acquire this indulgence, three conditions are necessary: sacramental Confession, Eucharistic communion, and prayer for the intention of the Holy Father. The conditions may be fulfilled several days before or after the performance of the visit, however, it is appropriate that communion is received and the prayer for the intention of the Holy Father is said on the same day as the visit.
The Mass at Calvary Catholic Cemetery is a perfect way to help fulfill the conditions and obtain an indulgence for the souls of loved ones. Please join with us in this special celebration.