From a reader:
I pass a Catholic cemetery to and from work every day (in fact, it is the diocesan cemetery where my spouse and I bought plots). I want to stop and say prayers for the souls in Purgatory, especially November 1 – 8.
My problem is that the times I pass it, the gates are locked. Is it permissible for the plenary indulgences to pull alongside the fence and say the prayers from there? I can easily see through the fence into the cemetery but cannot physically enter it.
Sure! Yes, you have, in fact, visited a cemetery. However. I would not just sit there in the car. Get out. Make it concrete.
That said, were a diocesan cemetery to be locked during this period when indulgences can be and should be sought… well… shame on them!
If it remains locked during this time, I would call the office of the diocese that sees to the care of cemeteries and ask about this. I would follow up with a call to the bishop’s office.
If there is some sort of personnel problem, perhaps next year volunteers can be organized to help. (Think off the top of my head.)
2 November doesn’t exactly sneak up on us, does it?