Dear Parishioners,

With the month of November approaching very quickly, our Catholic Tradition calls us to gather ourselves in prayer for the dead. Praying for the dead might not make sense to nonbelievers but for Catholics it is part and parcel of the faith tradition, rooted in Old Testament readings and supported by the Catechism and the Church’s funeral liturgy.

Although people hope that those who die are with God and the angels and saints, it is not necessarily a guarantee. Yes, Scripture teaches that all of the dead shall be raised. However, only the just are destined for the kingdom of God. The prayers in the funeral liturgy express hope that God will free the person who has died from any burden of sin and prepare a place for him or her in heaven.

This understanding of our faith makes us to remember our departed loved ones in our prayers throughout the month of November that starts with the holy day of obligation on All Saints and All Souls Day. We will also celebrate the Mass of Consolation by inviting all those who lost their loved ones recently.


Please, come to the parish office and ask for your loved ones to be added to the Book of the Names of the Dead or use the envelope (to be found in the vestibule – entrance to the church) by writing the names and including a donation for the Masses to be celebrated. By doing this you are requesting 30 Holy Masses to be celebrated in their intention. Also bring a photograph of your loved one that will be displayed in front of the altar.

November is a time when the Church gathers with the family and friends of the deceased to give praise and thanks to God for Christ’s victory over sin and death, to commend the deceased to God’s tender mercy and compassion, and to seek strength in the proclamation of the Paschal Mystery. Your loved ones who have died continue to be members of the communion of saints. We believe that we can assist them by our prayers, and they can assist us by theirs. So, let us remember and honor them in the month of November. 


Fr. Tad




Understanding Purgatory and the Value of Your Prayers

Just as the saints take care of us by obtaining various graces from heaven, so too can we take care of those who are still in purgatory. But first, we need to understand what purgatory is, and isn’t.  There is a lot of misinformation about this vital Church teaching. When we search the web for information about purgatory, we can come across a lot of websites trying to prove that purgatory is an "invention of the Church" and that it has nothing to do with biblical faith, because this dogma was "invented" several centuries after Christ. The topic recurs in discussions, especially at the beginning of November, when Catholics remember their dead - those who are already saints in heaven and those who are still a certain distance from heaven.

So, where did the teaching about purgatory come from, if our Lord Jesus did not mention anything about it directly in the Gospel? What is this place of purification for? What's the deal with the "souls in purgatory"? And, how does all of this relate to you caring for loved ones?

Did the Church “invent” purgatory? No.

A special time of prayer for the dead is All Souls' Day, i.e., the commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, celebrated on November 2. It is a time of intense prayer to God so that our dead can enjoy their presence in heaven and being with God without any obstacles. This is especially true for those who have been sent to purgatory, which is called the "vestibule of heaven" after death.

The dogma of the existence of purgatory was proclaimed by the Church at the Council of Lyons in 1274 and confirmed and explained in a separate decree at the Council of Trent (1545-1563). The dogma of purgatory is based on the premises contained in the Holy Scriptures and on the ecclesiastical tradition dating back to the second century.

St. Augustine made a great contribution to the development of the doctrine of purgatory. The dogma emphasizes two truths: the existence of purgatory as a posthumous, purifying punishment for sins, and the possibility and need of prayer and sacrifice for the souls in purgatory. The fact that the existence of purgatory has been included in dogma makes it something that all Catholics should believe - as well as issues enshrined in other dogmas, the most important being the dogmas of: The Holy Trinity, transubstantiation, original sin, the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, of papal infallibility, and purgatory and hell.

So, what is purgatory?

Purgatory, is an expression of God's mercy, which purifies those who, during their life on earth, have not been fully perfected in love for God, neighbor and themselves. The state of purgatory is not to be understood as a punishment, but as a necessary preparation for full union with God in heaven. It is important to note that, contrary to what some say, one cannot go from purgatory to hell. The Church teaching is quite clear that, those dead who experience purgatory after death are safe from hell because they are in God's hands. They are assured of salvation, but are not yet fully prepared for it. That is why purgatory is called the "vestibule of heaven".


Who goes to purgatory?

The term "souls in purgatory" is very popular among Catholics. It comes from the erroneous belief that what remains of a person after death is only his soul, although the teaching of the Church is clear in this regard: we are resurrected as we lived, as a unity of body and soul, but the body changes its properties and becomes a "glorified body". However, the conviction about "souls" remaining after death was so strong that this way of thinking survived in the language: that is why we can still sometimes hear "let us pray for the soul of the late N." or about the prayer "for the suffering souls in purgatory".

Who goes to purgatory? The dead (still traditionally called "purgatory souls") who at the time of death had venial sins "on their account" pass through it. The essence of the experience of purgatory after death seems to be a temporary separation from God and the expectation of an encounter with Him. When, at the end of his earthly life, man comes to know God as the fullness of love, he desires union with Him, but at the same time he sees that he is not yet worthy of it. This suffering because of one's inadequacy is also connected with the knowledge of the consequences of one's sins.

The issue of God's judgment as a source of hope is presented by Benedict XVI in his encyclical 'Spe Salvi'. A face-to-face encounter with Christ after death, he explains, is "a decisive act of judgment. In His gaze every falsehood melts. The encounter with Him is what burns us out and frees us to regain our own identity. That which has been built up in the course of a lifetime, may then turn out to be dry straw, mere arrogance, and collapse. Yet in the pain of this encounter, in which what is impure and sick in our existence is clearly revealed to us, there is salvation."

How can you help the dead get to heaven?

In connection with the period of prayers for the dead, indulgences can be obtained for them. This is important because the dead who are in purgatory can no longer obtain such indulgences for themselves. This state of "limbo" requires our action. What, then, is an indulgence? It is the remission of part of the consequences of the sins committed, i.e. the so-called "purgatorial punishment", incurred in purgatory. By doing certain godly activities for our dead, we can help them get to heaven.

This "cooperation" also shows what the community of the Church is: it is not only a group of people who share similar values on earth, but a whole community of all those who have ever believed in God, at different stages of their attainment of holiness. And just as the saints take care of us by obtaining various graces from heaven, so too can we take care of those who are still in purgatory.

How does one offer an indulgence for the dead?

The beginning of November is a time associated with various graces, including the grace of obtaining an indulgence for the dead in purgatory. To obtain it, one must visit the cemetery devoutly from the 1st to 8th of November and pray for the souls of the deceased, while maintaining the fixed conditions of the indulgence: the state of sanctifying grace, Holy Communion received on a given day, freedom from attachment to sin and prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father ('Our Father' and 'Hail Mary'). On the 2nd of November itself, under the same conditions, it is also possible to obtain an indulgence for the dead by visiting a church or a public chapel and praying the "Our Father" and "I believe in God" prayers.


November 3, 2023


Each moment you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament brings joy, pleasure, and delight to his Sacred Heart!

"My joy, my pleasure, my delight is to be with you." (Prov 8:31)

Eucharistic Adoration will follow at 6:30 Mass on Friday, November 3rd at the McKean Road church. Come to sit quietly in meditation, pray, or read your Bible or other spiritual books, or to simply be in Jesus' presence. All are invited to come at their convenience throughout the night and also for the 7:00 am breakfast that follows the benediction on Saturday.

It’s turkey Time!


Outreach’s annual Turkey and Canned Goods Drive for Sacred Heart Community Services will be held on November 11 and 12 since sacred Heart has requested all deliveries be received early in November.

We will collect small frozen turkeys (8-12 lbs) and canned goods at the 8:30 and 10:30 Masses on November 12. No frozen turkeys at the 4:00 Mass- only canned goods please.

There will be two barrels for canned goods in the McKean Road Church foyer next Sunday through November 12. Sacred Heart has requested pop-top canned goods of meat, vegetables, and non-condensed soup.

Monetary donations will be accepted. PLEASE MAKE YOUR CHECKS PAYABLE TO SACRED HEART COMMUNITY SERVICE. They can be put into offertory baskets or dropped off at the Church office. There will not be any online donations this year.

Outreach thanks you for your generosity and God bless.

Religious Education Classes at Saint Anthony Parish began in September, but it's not too late to register. Forms are available in the turnstile in the vestibule or in the parish office. The cost is $80 per child.


Any questions, please call Katrina Votaw at (408) 927-8224.


We hope your children will join us this year!!

Mass of Consolation

November 16  

There will be a Mass of Consolation on Thursday, November 16th at 6:30 p.m. at the McKean Church.

St. Anthony Parish invites all who have experienced the loss of a loved one to join us for the Mass of Consolation. We will remember our loved ones and support and console each other. For more information on how to include your loved ones' name please visit our website or contact the Parish Office.

In addition, all those present will have the opportunity to light a vigil candle to lift up your special personal prayer, need or request for the consolation you seek.

Please come, so that we can pray together and share in the light, peace and hope of the Lord.

Our annual St. Anthony Church Trunk or Treat event was enjoyed by a record number of people. Trunks were creatively decorated and lots of candy and other surprises were distributed to the enthusiastic attendees. Many clever, unique costumes brought joy to all as well as the food and the movie "Coco" with popcorn and hot chocolate. Thanks to all who joined us making this event so successful!

The 2024 Mass Intention Book

The 2024 Mass book is available

A very special prayer practice that is offered at every Mass is a Mass Intention. Intentions are offered for many reasons, for the living and the dead. Masses can be offered for birthdays, anniversaries, illness, special intentions and answered prayers. Consider remembering a loved one this upcoming year. If you are looking for a specific date for the Mass, call soon to reserve your date so that it isn’t taken. Contact Edith Baretta at the parish office ~ (408) 997-4800; email us at 

A donation of $10 is suggested. 

Father Tad encourages you to praise and pray by singing at Mass. Here’s a chance to familiarize yourself with the songs planned for Sunday, Nov 5 and Nov 12.

Click. Listen. Sing along. We look forward to hearing you!

8:30 MASS 



Alleluia! Raise the Gospel (Nov 5)

We Gather As One (Nov 12)


These Alone Are Enough (Nov 5)

These Alone Are Enough (Nov 12)



The Eyes and Hands of Christ (Nov 5)

The Lord Is My Shepherd (Nov 12)


Go Into the World (Nov 5)

Go Into the World (Nov 12)

10:30 MASS



All That We Have Seen (Nov 5)

Awake O Sleeper (Nov 12)


Renew (Nov 5)

These Alone Are Enough (Nov 12)



The Body of Christ (Nov 5)

The Body of Christ (Nov 12)


Go Into the World (Nov 5)

Go Into the World (Nov 12)



Vigil Mass, October 28

"Little Church" McKean Rd


Sunday Mass, October 29

"Big Church" McKean Rd



Weekday Mass:

Tuesday - Friday


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St. Anthony Parish

20101 McKean Rd

San Jose, CA 95120

(408) 997- 4800