November in the Church – Praying for the Faithful Departed
The month of November is set aside in the Church as a special time of prayer for the dead, beginning with the celebration of All Souls Day on November 2nd. Prayer for the dead is a spiritual work of mercy and honours the memory of the dead while expressing our continuing love of them by assisting them to be freed of any temporal punishment due to sin and to reach their lasting home with God.
Praying for the Souls in Purgatory
Throughout November the Church prays for all who are in purgatory, waiting for the day when they will join the company of the saints in heaven. The celebration of Mass is the highest means the Church can provide for charity for the dead, but we can also relieve their sufferings through our prayers, sufferings and penances