Christ the King

Ending of Fatima Rosary Procession

✠ The Bishop’s Corner ✠
There is a tradition among Catholic peoples, from Ireland to Mexico, that Purgatory is in some sense “open” these days at the end of October and the beginning of November. Souls may come to us and ask our prayers and we, in turn, feel the pull and the proximity of the Poor ouls. Their sufferings are beyond our understanding—the mystical yet so painful process of their purification, the divine fire of love, far exceeds our human ken.

But the call to prayer is clear, the appeal to our loving remembrance of these dear, holy yet helpless souls. St. Thomas Aquinas says it is the highest form of prayer, for they are indeed otherwise helpless. Please hear a Mass and gain an indulgence or two come Tuesday. Participate in one of the Indulgenced Cemetery Visits, on Thursday (Hamilton, OH) or Sunday (Ft. Mitchell, KY). Continue to make a special effort to assist them all of November.

Thank you for all of your “special efforts” these busy, holy days of prayer. Thanks to you, we again had a great and encouraging Forty Hours…especially the full church for Friday opening. Again this year, we happily welcomed some of our “young” and not so Young Adults, from even as far away as California and Florida. What a powerful prayer that made, especially when combined with the 54- Day Rosary Novena.

Who knows what’s going on behind the surface in this world shattering combat between Christendom with its remnants, and Covid Communism. At least so many are now resisting, and resisting publicly. You would think having a Communist as pope as well as president would be enough to galvanize people, but they are remarkably somnolent, or perhaps too fearful even to say boo.

Today’s All Saints Day observance brings the innocent, refreshing image of children into our midst. Be encouraged. Keep smiling! Christ is our King and Mary our Queen. May the consecration of our church to the Immaculate Heart hasten and assure in all the world the reign of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary.

The scene is so comforting, so full of holy hope, that each of us must be encouraged. I encourage you to make Mass tomorrow and even Tuesday. Remember First Friday, but that there is no All Night Adoration.

The weather this Autumn springs back and forth between glorious sun under blue skies to heavy, creaky wet, and that day after day. Darkness returns, Daylight Savings Time ends. Jesus Christ our King will be returning one of these days to banish our darkness.

Fr. McKenna returned early Friday morning from the Northern Missions with an astonishingly gruesome travel tale, even for him. Our seminarians take these tales in, even as they dedicate many hours a week to serious theological studies with the help of charitable priest friends. But soon they too will take to the road to serve souls.

May Christ our King protect His servants and hasten His Kingdom.

– Bishop Dolan