Monday, November 1, 2010

Help A Soul Get to Heaven this Week!

Lots going on this week, an election, etc. Don't forgot about our very important duty as Catholics to pray for the dead. This week getting an indulgence for a poor soul is easy, peasy, lemon-squeezy.

Indulgences for the Poor Souls
Current regulations in force by Pope Benedict XVI

I On All Souls’ Day (Nov. 2) a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Poor Souls, is granted to those who visit any parish church or public oratory and there recite one Our Father and one Credo.

II On all the days from November I though November 8 inclusive, a plenary indulgence, applicable only to the Poor Souls, is granted to those who visit a cemetery and pray even if only mentally for the departed.

Conditions for both indulgences:
1. Only one plenary indulgence can be granted per day.
2. It is necessary to be in the state of grace, at least by completion of the work.
3. Freedom from attachment to sin, even venial sin, is necessary; otherwise the indulgence is only partial. (By this is meant attachment to a particular sin, not sin in general.)
4. Holy Communion must be received each time the indulgence is sought.
5. Prayers must he recited for the intentions of the Holy Father on each day the indulgence is sought. (No particular prayers are prescribed. One Our Father and one Hail Mary suffice, or other suitable prayers.
6. A sacramental concession must he made within a week of completion of the prescribed work. (One confession made during the week, made with the intention of gaining all the indulgences, suffices.)



  1. I was just thinking about this-thanks for the details! Good thing we have our regularly scheduled Adoration hour tomorrow!

  2. Actually, the church has recently extended an even more generous permission that allows the sacramental confession to be "within several days (about 20)" of doing the actual work. Links to documents here,.