Through the formation of Confraternity chapters in Families of Parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit, I hope that the Church of Detroit will develop an active community of intercessors praying regularly for the souls in purgatory.
— The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron
Every soul should have the opportunity to enter heaven. This is the basic message of the Gospel (Mt 28:17-20; Col 3:1-3). The mission and intention are to pray for the souls in purgatory as a vocation and mission of mercy to relieve and gain release for the suffering souls in Purgatory who can no longer help themselves.
In A Call to Prayer: A Pastoral Note on Praying for the Souls in Purgatory, Archbishop Vigneron calls for the entire Archdiocese to pray for the souls in purgatory by forming chapters of a Confraternity for Holy Souls in each Family of Parishes. It is through the work and ministry of these chapters that we hope that our local Church in southeast Michigan will grow into an active community of intercessors praying regularly for the souls in purgatory.
The intention of the Confraternity for Holy Souls is to help the faithful:
- Know and understand how to pray for the souls in purgatory.
- Know and understand the Church’s teaching on indulgences.
- The Four Last Things (Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell).
- Offer guidance in offering prayers, Masses, the exercise of indulgences, and the understanding of the doctrine of suffering associated with the souls in purgatory, an incomplete suffering.
- Establish monthly Holy Hours for the Holy Souls every first Friday.
For those who wish to learn more, we invite you to read these resources:
- Our Commitment to Jesus Through Mary for His Divine Mercy for the Holy Souls
- The Four Last Things
- Confraternity for the Holy Souls Introduction, Mission, and Theological Background
- PowerPoint Presentation
- Eyes on Jesus Episode 35: The Communion of Saints
- Praying for the Souls in Purgatory and the Gift of Indulgences
- The Doctrine of Purgatory and the Four Last Things
- How to Form a Confraternity Chapter in your Family of Parishes
- Confraternity for Holy Souls Brochure