On Thursday, November 2 at 10:00 a.m., Calvary Catholic Cemetery joins with Catholic Churches worldwide to pause, reflect and pray for our dearly departed during a special Mass dedicated to all souls. While we are called to pray often for those who have passed on and every Mass includes such prayers, this special day is the beginning of a month-long period of reflection.
Please gather with us around the outdoor altar as Most Reverend Gregory L. Parkes and some of the priest of the Diocese of St. Petersburg celebrate Mass on All Soul’s Day.
Ample shade-covered seating is provided or you are welcome to bring your own folding chairs or a blanket and sit beneath the majestic trees of the cemetery.
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.