“The noble Judas exhorted the people to keep themselves free from sin, for they had seen with their own eyes what had happened because of the sin of those who had fallen. He then took up a collection among all his soldiers, amounting to two thousand silver drachmas, which he sent to Jerusalem to provide for an expiatory sacrifice. In doing this he acted in a very excellent and noble way, inasmuch as he had the resurrection in mind; for if he were not expecting the fallen to rise again, it would have been superfluous and foolish to pray for the dead. But if he did this with a view to the splendid reward that awaits those who had gone to rest in godliness, it was a holy and pious thought. Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be absolved from their sin.”   (2 Mach 12:42-46)

Dear Marian Helpers,

The Congregation of Marian Fathers and the Association of Marian Helpers celebrate the Jubilee of the 350th anniversary of the founding of the Congregation by St. Stanislaus Papczyński in 1670. This particular time, in which we are trying to draw on and share the rich tradition of the Marian eschatological spirituality and charism of St. Founder, is also marked by the sufferings caused by Covid-19 pandemic, which has taken away so many human lives and continues to have tragic consequences on the lives of many people, families and entire nations in the world. The need to maintain quarantine regulations was the reason why many people could not receive the “last sacraments” (Reconciliation and Viaticum) before they died. Many people also could not say goodbye to their loved ones in person or even accompany them during the funeral celebration. Therefore, there is a great need to remember our deceased loved ones through prayer, to ask for forgiveness of their sins, as well as to seek solace and strengthening the Christian hope of meeting them in eternal life.

St. Stanislaus Papczyński had the special mystical experiences (at least for three times) of meeting the souls in purgatory. The fruit of these spiritual experiences was a wonderful commitment to help the dying, especially the most abandoned and neglected, and a burning dedication to celebrate the Eucharist, to pray and mortify for the intentions of the souls in purgatory. Following the guidance of our Holy Founder, as well as responding to the spiritual needs of our time, we would like to encourage you to participate in praying this Novena during November, which will be celebrated in all Marian Fathers communities throughout the world.

Requesting a Mass to be offered

The Church considers the Mass the greatest possible prayer of intercession because it is the perfect offering of Christ to the Father by making present the Paschal Mystery of His death and resurrection.
It is a longstanding tradition in the Church that a Priest may be requested to offer a Mass for a specific intention, even when one cannot be physically present at the Mass.

The faithful make a free will offering, called a stipend, to a priest or Religious Community in order to apply the Mass to a specific intention. By making this offering, the faithful, by making their own offering, associate themselves more intimately with Christ who offers Himself in the Sacred Host, and obtain thereby more abundant fruits (refer to Pope Paul VI’s letter “Firma in Traditione” of June 13, 1974).

The offering of a stipend is also a means whereby a Catholic may contribute to the upkeep of the priest, serving in a diocese or religious community.

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To send us the names of your deceased loved ones to remember in our daily Masses for the Holy Souls with Vespers and Holy Rosary offered during the Novena of Prayer for Holy Souls (November 1 to 9), please use “Prayer Request” section on our website.

To make donation through a deposit online,
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“Congregation of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M Inc.”

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