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Indulgenced Acts for the Faithful Departed

There are many indulgences, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, that can be obtained during the month of November. From the fourth edition of the Enchiridion of Indulgences, 1999:

  1. plenary indulgence, applicable only to the souls in purgatory, is granted to the faithful who,
    • on any and each day in November (2021), devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, if only mentally, for the departed;
    • on All Souls’ Day (or, according to the judgment of the ordinary, on the Sunday preceding or following it, or on the solemnity of All Saints), devoutly visit a church or an oratory and recite an Our Father and the Creed.
  2. partial indulgence, applicable only to the souls in purgatory, is granted to the faithful who,
    • devoutly visit a cemetery and at least mentally pray for the dead;
    • devoutly recite lauds or vespers from the Office of the Dead or the prayer Requiem aeternam (Eternal rest).

Incorporating Indulgences Acts Through November and the Year

A partial indulgence can be obtained by devoutly visiting a cemetery and praying for the departed, even if the prayer is only mental. There are a few cemeteries that have car paths, allowing one to “visit” even if you stay in the car.

The “Eternal Rest” prayer gains a partial indulgence and can be prayed all year. Passing a cemetery and praying the “Eternal Rest” can help out the souls in need.

Requiem aeternam dona ei (eis), Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei (eis).
Requiescat (-ant) in pace Amen.

Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

NOTE: The Vatican’s Apostolic Penitentiary published a decree on Thursday providing for the possibility of obtaining plenary indulgences in favour of the faithful departed throughout the entire month of November.

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November 2021

All Saints

Feast of All Saints is celebrated this year on October 30th/31st (Saturday evening and Sunday)

We invite you to bring a bottle of ordinary tap water which will be blessed during the Masses. Then take it home to bless your homes and the members of your family.

The original meaning of this Feast is one of Light and Blessing.

All Souls

The feast of All Souls is Tuesday November 2nd. Public Mass will be celebrated at 10.00am and 7.30pm

A special Mass of Remembrance and Consolation will be celebrated on Saturday November 6th at 6.00pm.

On Sunday November 7th at St. Clements Church there is a special ecumenical service of SERVICE OF REFLECTION, THANKSGIVING AND HOPE at 4.00pm

Blessing of Graves at Fairlight

On Sunday November 28th at 3.00pm the blessing of graves at Fairlight will take place

November Lists for the Holy Souls

Names of Loved ones who have died may be inscribed in the Lists for the Holy Souls for remembrance at Masses during the month of November. Lists will be available at the church from Saturday October 30th

Polish Masses

Polish Mass for the Feast of All Saints will be celebrated on Sunday October 31st at 6.00pm. The usual monthly Polish Mass will be celebrated on Sunday November 7th.

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Twenty months into the pandemic, it seems appropriate to reflect on our borough’s experience, to give thanks for the sometimes unexpected blessings that have arisen and to look for signs of hope for the future. Much of the reflection will relate to those of our number who have died or have become seriously ill as a result of Covid-19.

We shall hear from key workers and the sermon will be given by the Bishop of Lewes.

Please join the Vice Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex and the Mayor of Hastings in marking this extraordinary time in our Borough’s history.

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Confirmation Programme 2021-2022

This year it has been agreed that the parishes of St Mary Star of the Sea, Hastings and The Good Shepherd will join together for both the preparation and Confirmation. The preparation sessions will be held at St Mary Star of the Sea Church on the first Wednesday of the month from 6pm until 7.30pm and will include a time of prayer, meditation & Adoration. The first session is on Wednesday, 3rd November and your Catechists will be Deacon Duncan Brown and Liz Fitch.  

We look forward to meeting you all during the preparation and if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Many blessings,

Fr Míċeál                                             FrEamonn  

    Parish of The Good Shepherd

    St Mary Star of the Sea Parish