Mary Immaculate of Lourdes: Parish Purgatorial Society
By this Purgatorial Society, the names of our dead friends and relatives may be enrolled
(either as individuals or in aggregate), and prayed for especially in the 52 Masses that
will be offered in the parish each year for the intention of the Purgatorial Society. The
requested offering for a perpetual enrollment is $20.00. (White leatherette enrollment
envelopes are available in the vestibule of the rectory.)The prayers we have offered at
Mass for the souls of the faithful departed are both an expression of our belief in
individual survival after the event of bodily death and of a charity towards our
neighbor which reaches beyond the grave.
"It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins." (II Machabees 12:46)
"If a compassionate charity towards all that are in any distress, even towards the most undeserving, be an essential ingredient of a Christian spirit, and one in which the very soul of religion and piety towards God consists, how much more should we exert our charity for those in spiritual need, no longer able to help themselves, and perhaps bound to us by ties of blood or friendship?" - Fr. Herbert Thurston, S.J.