Sunday, November 4, 2012


The best gift we can ever give to our faithful departed is the grace of Plenary Indulgence. November is the month of commemoration of all our dearly departed and other faithful departed and the celebration of All Souls Week. It is a good time to acquire Plenary Indulgences not only for our sake but also to be given to those who need it the most.

To acquire a Plenary Indulgence, it is necessary to fulfill the following three conditions: Sacramental Confession, Eucharistic Communion and prayer for the intention of the Holy Father. The three conditions may be fulfilled several days before or after the performance of the visit. 

However, it is most fitting that Holy Communion be received and the prayer for the intention of the Holy Father be said on the same day as the visit. The condition of praying for the intention of the Holy Father is fully satisfied by reciting one Our Father and one Hail Mary.

The act of acquiring and giving of plenary indulgences to the faithful departed is a demonstration of love and charity towards our departed brothers and sisters who need these graces the most as they undergo spiritual purification in Purgatory.