Christmas with the Oratory 2018

Plenary Indulgence Opportunity!

On December 31 & January 1, the Church gives us the opportunity to receive two plenary indulgences. An indulgence is a favor given to us by the Church to atone for the effects of our sins. We have the option to atone for such effects in this life through our good works, prayers, indulgences, sufferings, and sacrifices or in the life to come in Purgatory. Only one plenary indulgence can be gained on any given day. A plenary indulgence is the full remission of the effects of our sins, a partial indulgence is the partial remission of the effects. We will sing the Te Deum at Old St. Mary’s following the 9:15 a.m. Mass and at Sacred Heart following the 11:00 a.m. Mass on December 31. The Veni Creator will be sung following the 10:00 a.m. Sung Mass at Sacred Heart on January 1.

Read more about Indulgences here.

From the Enchiridion of Indulgences:

  1. The Te Deum. PLENARY INDULGENCE when recited publicly on the last day of the year. Otherwise a partial indulgence is granted to those who recite the Te Deum in thanksgiving.
    1. Visit here for the Te Deum:
    2. The Te Deum is a hymn of Thanksgiving composed by St. Ambrose. You can listen to it chanted from the Vatican on December 31 in 2015 here:
  2. “Come, Holy Spirit, Creator Blest.” PLENARY INDULGENCE if recited on the first of January or on the feast of the Pentecost. Otherwise, a partial indulgence is granted to those who recite it.
    1. Visit here for the Veni Creator:
    2. The Veni Creator is attributed to Rabanus Maurus. It is a hymn invoking the Holy Spirit for assistance. It is especially used on New Year’s Day, Ordinations, Papal Conclaves, Pentecost, and other occasions when the assistance of the Holy Spirit is needed. You can listen to it chanted here:

The usual conditions for a Plenary Indulgence are as follows:

  1. Sacramental Confession (within 21 days),
  2. Communion (usually on the said day, but within 21 days),
  3. Prayer for the intention of the Holy Father, all to be performed within days of each other if not at the same time, and
  4. Detachment from all sin, including venial sin.

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

Habits Conferred

His Grace, Most Rev. Dennis M. Schnurr, Archbishop of Cincinnati, conferred the Community’s new habits at a ceremony earlier this afternoon at Old St. Mary’s Parish in Cincinnati. It consisted of prayers, litanies, chants, and the actual blessing and conferral of the habit. The ritual concluded with the consecration of Chalices and Patens for several of the transitional deacons, from both the Archdiocese and the Community, scheduled for Priestly Ordination on May 19th. A light reception followed the Ceremony. We thank His Grace for making the time to come to Old St. Mary’s for this special occasion. We are also grateful to all of the priests and seminarians who were able to join us on this special day, including Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West (Cincinnati, Ohio) Rector, Very Rev. Benedict O’Cinnsealaigh. Finally, we are very grateful for all of the prayers and support that everyone has shown to us, and we thank all who were able to come out this afternoon. Without the prayers and support of everyone, this would not have been possible. Here are a few pictures from this afternoon, more pictures to come in the following days.