October 8, 2017
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Clergy Appreciation Sunday
“The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.”
Our Lady of Fatima
Last week I encouraged everyone to join me in praying the novena leading up to the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima’s appearing on October 13th. Today I want to share details about a wonderful opportunity to receive a plenary indulgence on October 13th.
In order to worthily celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the Apparitions of Fatima, by the mandate of Pope Francis, it is granted a Jubilee Year, with the inherent plenary indulgence, from the 27th November 2016 to the 26th November 2017.
The plenary indulgence of the jubilee is granted:
- to the faithful who visit the Shrine of Fatima in pilgrimage and devotedly participate in a celebration or prayer in honour of the Virgin Mary, pray the Our Father, recite the symbol of faith (Creed) and invoke Our Lady of Fatima;
- to the pious faithful who visit with devotion an image of Our Lady of Fatima solemnly displayed for public veneration in any temple, oratory or adequate place, during the days of the anniversary of the apparitions (the 13th of each month, from May to October 2017), and devotedly participate there in any celebration or prayer in honour of the Virgin Mary, pray the Our Father, recite the symbol of faith (Creed) and invoke Our Lady of Fatima;
- to the faithful who, due to their age, disease or other serious reason, are impeded of moving, if, repentant of all their sins and having the firm intention of performing, as soon as possible, the three conditions mentioned bellow, in front of a small image of Our Lady of Fatima, spiritually unite in the days of the apparitions to the jubilee celebrations, offering with trust to God all-merciful through Mary their prayers and pains, or the sacrifices of their own lives.
To obtain the plenary indulgence, the faithful, truly penitent and animated with charity, must ritually fulfil the following conditions: sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father.
In order to fulfill the obligations of this indulgence, we will be having some special devotions in honor of Our Lady of Fatima after the 8am Mass on Friday, October 13th. This will include: Rosary, songs to Mary, adoration, and confessions. Please join us.
You are in my daily prayers.
God bless you,
Novena to Our Lady of Fatima
Say this prayer every day for 9 consecutive days October 5-13.
“Most Holy Virgin, who has deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three little shepherds the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary, inspire our hearts with sincere love of this devotion.
By meditating on the mysteries of our redemption that are recalled in your Rosary, may we gather the fruits contained therein and obtain the conversion of sinners, the conversion of Russia, the Peace of Christ for the world, and this favor that I so earnestly seek of you in this novena… (here mention your request).
I ask this of you, for the greater glory of God, for your own honor and for the good of all people. Amen”
Then say the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be (three times each)