All Souls Day Novena of Masses


exsiquiis1Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In the Second Book of Maccabees, we are told: “It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins.” Taking her inspiration from this Old Testament text, the Church has always held it to be important for us to pray for the faithful departed. At each Mass, and especially on November 2, the Church gathers to offer prayers for all of our family members and friends who “have gone before us with the sign of faith,” as we are told in the Mass.

It is truly an act of charity on our part to pray for the holy souls in Purgatory, because if we do not, who will pray for them? I encourage everyone to pray daily for the souls of their beloved. In addition to this, I also encourage everyone to pray for those souls that have no one else to pray for them. On that blessed day when we hopefully enter the Kingdom of Heaven, together with our family and friends, these faithful souls will be at the gates of Heaven to give us welcome.

The Mass is the highest form of prayer we can offer while on this side of Heaven. To assist all our faithful departed, the Community-in-Formation will have a Novena of Masses from November 2-11. Each day, one of the Fathers will say Mass for those we have been given the names of. We will also distribute these names to all of the Community members for remembrance in our daily prayers during this time. Please complete the following form with the names of those you would like us to remember in these Masses. These need to be returned by October 31. While not necessary, the Community will accept whatever donation you feel appropriate. Make checks payable to the ‘Society of St. Philip Neri.’ Click this form for more information. The First Friday Mass on November 6 at 7:00 p.m. will be a sung Requiem Mass with prayers for the dead; all are welcome to attend. May God bless you, and may His perpetual light shine upon the souls of all the faithful departed.

In Christ,





All Souls Day Form

Old St. Mary’s Forty Hours

osm-monstranceJoin us for our annual Forty Hours, October 23-25. Exposition begins on Friday at 8:00 a.m. and runs continuously through Saturday night at 9:00 p.m. We resume with Exposition following Sunday Mass at 1:30. We will have Vespers at 3:30 on Sunday followed by the Solemn Closing and Procession at 4:00. Fr. Adrian Hilton will preach the closing. A social follows the closing, please bring a dish to share! Join us!

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From the Eucharistic Procession this Morning

Light the Night – October, 2015

Some pictures from Light the Night – October, 2015. It was a bit cold & rainy, but a big thank you to all of the volunteers who came out to canvas the neighborhood to invite everyone in to pray. Confession was available from 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. with the Blessed Sacrament exposed. We will do this again in June, 2016. See everyone then…


Upcoming Events

We have a lot of upcoming events. Here is a snippet…

October 4, 11:00 a.m. – Germania Society Mass at Old St. Mary’s
October 6, 7:00 p.m. – Fr. Adrian presenting on the History of ‘Direction’ in Liturgical Worship
October 7, 7:00 p.m. – Musical Oratory of the Blessed Virgin Mary, an evening of prayer, Sacred Music, and reflection on the role of the Blessed Virgin in the life of the Church
October 9, 7:00 p.m. – Solemn Mass for Bl. John Henry Newman
October 10, 9:00 a.m. – A men’s Eucharistic Procession through the streets of downtown, sponsored by the Holy Name Society of St. Antoninus, from the Cathedral to Old St. Mary’s. Please note this begins at the Cathedral and ends at Old St. Mary’s.
October 11, 11:00 a.m. – Cincinnati Kirchweih Mass at Old St. Mary’s. Sponsored by the Donauschwaben Society.
October 15, 7:00 p.m. – The Community’s Annual Fundraising Banquet. Visit here for more information. Reservations accepted until Monday, October 12.
October 18, 11:00 a.m. – All German Societies Mass at Old St. Mary’s. Sponsored by the G.A.C.L.
October 23-25 – Annual Forty Hours Devotion at Old St. Mary’s. Solemn closing Sunday, October 25, at 4:00 p.m. Social follows.