Making a difference in the underworld

This November we have been given especially abundant opportunities to serve the most helpless of our brothers and sisters, who await their final redemption in Purgatory.

A plenary indulgence may be obtained any day this November for those who visit a cemetery and pray for the dead.  Normally only 8 days are allowed for fulfilling the requirements, from the Sunday before All Souls’ Day through the following Sunday. For this one year, the indulgence is available the entire month.

The usual conditions apply. However, this year, there is an additional convenience allowed due to the pandemic. Instead of physically visiting a cemetery, it is acceptable to simply mentally visit one. And for those who are homebound, praying at home with the intention of fulfilling the other obligations, such as Confession and Communion is sufficient.

Furthermore, the requirements can be fulfilled days of the month.

The decree can be found here.

It can be difficult to know how to serve others, with all of the troubles we see around us. This is one concrete way to engage ourselves in the graced act of healing, through the merits of Jesus Christ, by our prayers.

 

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A Concert for St. John Paul II at His Alma Mater

As a newly-ordained priest, St. John Paul II  earned his first doctorate at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, widely known as the Angelicum, after St. Thomas’ title of Angelic Doctor.

On their alumnus’ feast day this year, the Angelicum hosted a concert of Polish music written in his honor or inspired by his work, beginning with the Górecki Totus tuus.

The concert was held in the magnificent Church of Saints Dominic and Sixtus on the Angelicum campus.

Today, the Angelicum along with the Thomistic Institute hosted a study day that included a number of interesting talks. English speakers may wish to advance to just after hour 5 to hear Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP, speak on Political Questions during this time of pandemic.

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For the Doctor of the Day

This is the feast day of the Lord’s true witness,
Lover of Jesus, leading others to Him,
Woman of wisdom, passionate and truthful,
Filled with God’s favor.

God gave her grace like water from the heavens.
She drank it deeply, even as she suffered;
Perfectly docile, saint and holy teacher:
Light for the ages.

Mantle around us, Mary, flow’r of Carmel,
Pray to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
That They may give us, with the great Teresa,
Life everlasting.

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CMAA Featured on Extraordinary Faith Episode

Extraordinary Faith has just recently published its video about the Church Music Association from our 2015 Pittsburgh Colloquium on YouTube. This is a very nice overview about what happens at a CMAA Colloquium, including interviews with faculty, staff and participants. Enjoy and share…

Gregorian Chant Weekend at Clear Creek Abbey

Gregorian Chant Weekend October 9-11, 2020

The Gregorian Chant Weekend is an opportunity for the faithful to sing Gregorian Chant at Holy Mass and in the Divine Office. Instruction is given through preparing to sing for the liturgy. Beginners are welcome. The weekend begins Friday, October 9th, immediately following the monastic office of Vespers (at 6pm) in the crypt of the Abbey church. It ends with a picnic after 11:00 am Mass on Sunday.

The weekend will feature:
• Compline sung Friday and Saturday night
• Mass sung Saturday and Sunday morning
• Conference on the history of Gregorian Hymns
• Instruction throughout the day (beginning at 8:30am) with a break for lunch
• Picnic after Sunday Mass

For more information, visit the Abbey website at clearcreekmonks.org or call the Abbey at (918) 772-2454.

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