Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Mozart Requiem at Assumption Grotto Saturday - All Souls Day

Assumption Grotto will have a Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form on Saturday at 9:30 AM with the Assumption Grotto Choir and Orchestra offering the Mozart Requiem.

This Friday is All Saints, and a Holy Day of Obligation.  On Saturday, we have All Souls Day. While not obligatory, it is a true act of mercy to go to Mass and pray for the dead in purgatory.

Here is Fr. Perrone discussing it all from last Sunday's bulletin:

This coming Friday is a holy day of obligation: All Saints Day. Every Catholic is obliged to assist at Mass that day. Our parish schedule will be as on Sundays (6:30 and 9:30 a.m.; 12:00 noon) plus a 7:00 p.m. Mass.

This coming Friday is a holy day of obligation: All Saints Day. Every Catholic is obliged to assist at Mass that day. Our parish schedule will be as on Sundays (6:30 and 9:30 a.m.; 12:00 noon) plus a 7:00 p.m. Mass. 
The day following, All Souls Day, November 2, is the day for you to pray for your beloved dead and for all the souls yet detained in purgatory. Masses that morning will begin at 6:00 a.m. and continue on continuously until 8:30 am. At 9:30 a.m. there will be a Solemn High Requiem Mass to the accompaniment of the incomparable Mozart Requiem, the composer’s very last work. 
Purgatorial Society envelopes to record the names of your deceased may be found in the pews today. Such persons will be prayed for in the Masses offered for them. Please submit those envelopes today in the collection basket. 
Do visit the cemetery November 1-8 to gain the plenary indulgence for the dead. This is one of those benevolent and maternal acts of largesse on the part of holy Church towards her faithful departed that only you can win for them. While making your pious cemetery visit, say some prayers for the dead. You must have no attachment to any sin (Confession plus and Act of Contrition for all your sins would do), you must go to Communion and you must also pray for the intentions of the Pope. 
As the Christian faith wanes in our country so the secular and even the demonic gain ascendancy. I’m thinking here of the big to-do over Halloween and the increasingly macabre and occult emphasis given to it. Many of our parish children costume themselves as saints as an antidote to the ghoulish and bizarre goings-on. I should add that there’s nothing intrinsically wrong with having innocent fun about things spooky but only that the limits of due discretion need be observed here–as in all other matters generally.

Here is a 30 second audio advertisement on the orchestral Mass.

You can see photos from the 2011 All Souls Day Mass.  They were a bit "color-challenged" due to the darkness.  Night photography within Grotto is always an added challenge because there is no other light coming in.

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