REMIND: Year of St. Paul

Even while we prepare for the beginning of the Year for Priests, this is still the year of St. Paul.

In your diocese your bishops may have designated churches or shrines where you can gain the Pauline Year indulgence.

Don’t forget to use this opportunity while it lasts.

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  1. Tom A. says:

    The Basillica of the Immaculate Conception in Waterbury, CT has been designated as a place to recieve this indulgence. It is also has a TLM every Sunday night at 6pm. During the week, the Sacrament of Reconcilliation is available to the faithful for many hours of the day, as is several Masses every day. It is truly a treasure and great blessing for the faithful in this part of Connecticut.

  2. Joe says:

    I received the indulgence for the year of St. Paul at Westminster Cathedral, London in February (I think it was February). I was up in London visiting a friend and needed to go to confession. The priest in the confessional told me about the indulgence. He also told me that I would need to receive communion there within a week to receive the indulgence and so as there was Mass a few minutes after confessions ended I went to Mass right after. A most fortunate occasion.

  3. Our Lady of Czestochowa church in Turner’s Falls (Western MA) is one such church.
    Our Lady of Cz?stochowa Church has been named a Pilgrimage site where all Catholics can receive the Jubilee Indulgence for the Year of St. Paul. Pope Benedict XVI declared the Jubilee Year in honor of the 2000th Anniversary of the birth of St. Paul. The year runs through July 29, 2009.
    Catholics who visit our parish church, carry out an act of devotion in honor of St. Paul, and fulfill the usual conditions required for obtaining an indulgence will be able to gain a Plenary Indulgence once a day for themselves or for a soul in Purgatory. (The conditions for obtaining an indulgence are: reception of confession (traditionally 8 days) prior to or following the devotional act; reception of Holy Communion; prayer for the Holy Father’s intentions and a sincere effort to eliminate all attachment to sin.) Please note that we have a statue of St. Paul on our altar to your left of the icon of Our Lady of Cz?stochowa and also know that there are prayers available to St. Paul attached to the kneeler in front of the altar.
    Our Lady of Czestochowa

  4. Sid Cundiff says:

    MOUNT AIRY – Holy Angels Church, 1208 North Main Street, zip 27030:
    Special Mass celebrating the conclusion of the Pauline Year, Monday, 29 June 2009, 630 pm, The Solemnity of Peter and Paul, Missa Cantata.
    Phone (336) 786-8147
    Diocese of Charlotte (Fr Eric Kowalski)

  5. Greg Smisek says:

    In order to gain the plenary indulgence, the faithful must “take part devoutly in a sacred function or in a pious public exercise in honour of the Apostle to the Gentiles” (si sacrae functioni vel pio exercitio in honorem Apostoli Gentium publice peractis devote interfuerint).

    I presume that the Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy (2001), n. 7, and Sacrosanctum Concilium, n. 13, provide useful guidelines for what pious exercises are and are not. They are not sacred liturgy, but, presumably for purposes of gaining a plenary indulgence, they must be “celebrated according to lawfully approved customs or books.”

    What are the bare minimum requirements for a pious exercise that is publicly carried out? Can any two lay faithful accomplish this? Would reciting the collect of the solemnity of the Conversion of St. Paul or of Saints Peter and Paul suffice?

    And regarding sacred functions, if a layman by himself prays an hour of the Office of the Conversion of St. Paul as a votive office, is this a sacred function publicly carried out?

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