…LORD, HEAR OUR PRAYER
As Catholics, when a loved one dies, we offer Masses “for the repose of the soul” of our deceased. In the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we see that the Church teaches that “Death puts an end to human life as the time open to either accepting or rejecting the divine grace manifested in Christ. Those who die in God’s grace and friendship and are perfectly purified live forever with Christ. 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.” (CCC: 1021, 1023 & 1030).
We should not make the automatic assumption that the person had reached the level of perfect purification and has thus entered immediately into Heaven. This is why the Church has always prayed for the souls of the dead. Since the souls in purgatory have not yet attained their state of perfection, and because they cannot pray for themselves, we are to pray for them that their soul will be purified and they will be given the final reward of Heaven, the place of eternal repose.
The 2019 Mass Book will be available for scheduling Mass intentions beginning October 1. Please stop by the parish office to offer Masses for your loved ones.