Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Mission to be preached this weekend at Grotto

The priests of the Holy Cross who have helped out at Grotto for many years are holding a mission this weekend.  It's no ordinary mission.

Fr. John, filling in for the vacationing Fr. Perrone, had this in his Grotto News column (emphasis mine in bold):
This year commemorates the 850th anniversary of the death of St. Theotonius, co-founder of the Order of Canons Regular of the Holy Cross, and has therefore been named by the Prior General of the Order, Fr. Joachim Welz, ORC, a Year of St. Theotonius, from February 18, 2012 to February 18, 2013.

During this entire year, the Apostolic Penitentiary grants a plenary indulgence to the faithful under the usual conditions whenever they take part in a solemn sacred function or in a pious exercise in honor of St. Theotonius in the chapels of the Order of the Holy Cross. It also allows for the indulgence to be gained in other sacred places as designated by the local Ordinary. Archbishop Allen Vigneron has appointed Assumption Grotto and the Adoration chapel [at the "Grotto convent"] of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, as places where the indulgence may be gained.

The relics of the Saint from his place of birth, Ganfei, Portugal, are on a tour of all the houses of the Order throughout the world. They will be here in Detroit from September 10 to 22, 2012. The Order of Canons Regular will preach a mission here at Assumption Grotto this week from July 26-29 [click for details]. In the coming weeks, an image of the saint will be exposed in the Church. At the end of each Mass a prayer to the saint will be prayed for gaining the plenary indulgence. For a detailed program of the entire mission take a flyer from one of the side tables.

The hot temperatures are no longer an issue during the summer. The parish church now has a form of air-conditioning and it is very comfortable in there, even on hot days. 

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