Join the St. Paul the Apostle Purgatorial Society

09-02-2021From the desk of Fr. Villa

A Purgatorial Society is an association of Catholics who pledge to pray for the souls in Purgatory. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches the following: #1030 All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.

St. Catherine of Genoa explains: The soul appears before God still bound to the desires and the sorrow that derive from sin, and this makes it impossible for it to enjoy the Beatific Vision of God. Catherine affirms that God is so pure and holy that the soul with stains of sin cannot be in the presence of the Divine Majesty. And we also realize how far we are, how full we are of so many things, so that we cannot see God. The soul is conscious of the immense love and perfect justice of God and, in consequence, suffers for not having responded correctly and perfectly to that love, and that is why the love itself of God becomes a flame. Love itself purifies it from its dross of sin.

Society members pledge themselves to: 1) Pray daily for the souls in Purgatory. (2) Offer the Rosary once a week for the souls in Purgatory (3) Enroll names of deceased to be prayed for by the Society. (4) Download the Manual of the Purgatorial Society HERE

You can also buy the Manual at Loreto Press HERE. On Amazon type: Purgatorian Manual.

Once a month a Mass on Sunday will be offered for the Purgatorial Society and the enrolled names. The Society is dedicated to the patronage of St. Thomas Aquinas. St. Gertrude, and St. Catherine of Genoa. The Legion of Mary of the parish will be promoting and assisting the Society in this great work of spiritual mercy. To join send us an email. God bless you.