St. Cyril of Jerusalem Parish,15520 Ventura Boulevard, Encino, California - St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, 15520 Ventura Boulevard,  Encino, California 91436













From the Desk of Father Mac

Thirtieth Sunday of Ordinary Time
October 29th, 2017

My Dear Friends in Christ,

November is set aside each year as the Month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory, a time to remember and to pray for all of the dead who have gone before us.

November 1st is the Feast of All Saints; a day dedicated to the saints of the Church, that is, all those who have attained the glory of heaven. All Saints Day is a holy day of obligation. There will be a Vigil Mass for the Feast of All Saints on Tuesday October 31st at 7PM. Masses on the Holy Day, Wednesday November 1st, will be at 7:30am, 12Noon, and 7:00pm.

All Souls' Day, observed on November 2nd, commemorates all of the faithful departed, and offers us the opportunity to aid the poor souls in Purgatory with our prayers and devotions. In fact, an indulgence for the souls in Purgatory is granted to the faithful who devoutly visit a cemetery and pray for the departed.

Perhaps no Catholic doctrine has been more misunderstood than the doctrine of Purgatory. All of the souls in Purgatory will one day be in Heaven. Purgatory is where those who have died in grace but have not fully atoned for the temporal punishments resulting from their sins go to complete their atonement before entering Heaven. Purgatory is an expression of God's love and His desire to cleanse our souls of all that might keep us from experiencing the fullness of joy in Heaven.

Our salvation is wrapped up with the salvation of others, and charity requires us to come to their aid. The same is true of the Holy Souls. In their time in Purgatory, they can pray for us, and we should pray for the faithful departed that they may be freed from the punishment for their sins and enter into Heaven.

We should pray for the dead throughout the year, especially on the anniversary of their death, but in this Month of the Holy Souls, we should devote some time every day to prayer for the dead. We should start with those closest to us—but we should also offer prayers for the souls of all the dead, especially those most forsaken.

We believe that those Holy Souls for whom we pray will continue to pray for us after they have been released from Purgatory. If we live Christian lives, we too will likely find ourselves in Purgatory someday, and our acts of charity toward the Holy Souls there now will ensure that they remember us before the throne of God when we are most in need of prayers. It's a comforting thought, and one that should encourage us, especially in the month of November, to offer our prayers for the Holy Souls.

In Christ,



For Information, please contact the Parish Office at or phone 818.986.8234



St Cyril of Jerusalem Parish
15520 Ventura Boulevard
(mail: 4601 Firmament Ave)
Encino, CA  91436
818- 986.8234

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