Wednesday, June 2, 2010

With Year for Priests almost over, Church offers indulgence

Veil-tip to the Archdiocese of St. Louis Twitter feed which brought it to my attention. 

Read this as it applies for tomorrow - the last "First Thursday" in the Year for Priests. 

With Year for Priests almost over, Church offers indulgence

Pope Benedict XVI declared a “Year for Priests” beginning with the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 19, 2009. The year will conclude in Rome with an international gathering of priests with the Holy Father on June 19, 2010
 As part of the year for priests, the Church has provided the availability of a special plenary indulgence (what is an indulgence?) on any of the following days left in this Year for Priests:
  • The first Thursday of the month (tomorrow, June 3, is the last 'first Thursday' during the Year for Priests)
  • The closing day of the Year for Priests (June 19)
In order to receive this indulgence on one of these days, the faithful must attend Mass in an oratory or Church and offer prayers to "Jesus Christ, supreme and eternal Priest, for the priests of the Church, or perform any good work to sanctify and mould them to his heart." The conditions for the faithful for earning a plenary indulgence are to have gone to confession and prayed for the intentions designated by the Pope.

Here's an opportunity for those who are local: Passio Domini at Assumption Grotto on Thursday following the 7:00pm Mass, with Exposition.  We pray for the sanctification of the priesthood every Thursday night, and it is "priest-led". 

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