New Gift from Pope Francis!

BREAKING NEWS!  Next year, 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of the Virgin Mary’s apparitions at Fatima, Portugal, to three little children. To commemorate this, Pope Francis has approved 3 ways that we can receive a plenary indulgence. This celebratory year will be commemorated November 27, 2016 through November 27, 2017.

What is a plenary indulgence, and how is it a gift?

God forgives us, most especially in the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), and heals us. But as we know, every sin, entails an unhealthy attachment to creatures, which must be purified either here on earth, or after death in the state called Purgatory. This is why God gives us Purgatory; all persons who experience Purgatory after their death are undergoing a process of cleansing and purification so that their hearts are completely detached from sin and its temporal punishment, before entering God’s presence in Heaven. (After all, we cannot experience perfect union with God if we’re attached to anything that is not God.) While in Purgatory, souls suffer from a burning desire to be finally united with God.

An indulgence is a gift, because it is a partial or full remission of the temporal punishment due to sins that have been forgiven. An indulgence either lessens or eliminates that temporal punishment before God; thus the two types of indulgences – partial (lessens) and plenary (eliminates). Yes, a plenary indulgence is a full remission—truly a “clean slate” up to the moment that we receive that indulgence! Thanks be to God! We can obtain an indulgence for ourselves or for the soul of a deceased faithful.

For a comprehensive explanation of indulgences, see the Catechism of the Catholic Church nos. 1471-1484.

How can I unwrap this gift?

You may choose any of the three ways shown below, but for each way, make sure to fulfill the general conditions within about 20 days of whichever of the three ways you choose. Each of these three ways demonstrates a humble desire to receive help from the Blessed Virgin Mary, who always guides us to her Son, Jesus.

General Conditions – Since the graces of this gift are meant to unite us with God, it is necessary to go to Confession and be interiorly detached from sin, receive Holy Communion, and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father.

1. Make a pilgrimage to the shrine in Fatima – Make a pilgrimage to the Fatima Shrine in Portugal and participate in a celebration or prayer dedicated to the Virgin Mary. While there, pray the Our Father, the Creed, and ask for the prayers of Our Lady of Fatima.

2. Pray before a statue of Our Lady of Fatima – Visit with devotion a statue of Our Lady of Fatima that is solemnly exposed for public veneration in any church, oratory, or proper place, during the days of the anniversary of the apparitions, the 13th of each month from May to October (2017), and while there, devoutly participate in some celebration or prayer in honor of the Virgin Mary. During your visit, pray an Our Father, the Creed, and ask for the prayers of Our Lady of Fatima…

May 13, 2017
June 13, 2017 – Come visit us at the Pilgrim Center of Hope! Our Lady of Fatima statue from Fatima, Portugal will be exposed for veneration & private prayer 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
July 13, 2017 – Come visit us at the Pilgrim Center of Hope! Our Lady of Fatima statue from Fatima, Portugal will be exposed for veneration & private prayer 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
August 13, 2017
September 13, 2017 – Come visit us at the Pilgrim Center of Hope! Our Lady of Fatima statue from Fatima, Portugal will be exposed for veneration & private prayer 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
October 13, 2017 – Come visit us at the Pilgrim Center of Hope! Our Lady of Fatima statue from Fatima, Portugal will be exposed for veneration & private prayer 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

3. For the elderly and infirm – The third way applies to people who, because of age, illness or other serious cause, are unable to get around. These individuals can pray in front of any statue of Our Lady of Fatima (in any place) and must spiritually unite themselves to the jubilee celebrations on the days of the apparitions, the 13th of each month, between May and October 2017. During this prayer, offer to merciful God with confidence, through Mary, your prayers and sufferings or the sacrifices you make in your own life…

May 13, 2017
June 13, 2017 – Come visit us at the Pilgrim Center of Hope! Our Lady of Fatima statue from Fatima, Portugal will be exposed for veneration & private prayer 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
July 13, 2017 – Come visit us at the Pilgrim Center of Hope! Our Lady of Fatima statue from Fatima, Portugal will be exposed for veneration & private prayer 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
August 13, 2017
September 13, 2017 – Come visit us at the Pilgrim Center of Hope! Our Lady of Fatima statue from Fatima, Portugal will be exposed for veneration & private prayer 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
October 13, 2017 – Come visit us at the Pilgrim Center of Hope! Our Lady of Fatima statue from Fatima, Portugal will be exposed for veneration & private prayer 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.