Gain a Plenary Indulgence

December 27, 2023, marks the beginning of a jubilee in honor of the Sacred Heart appearing to St. Margaret Mary 350 years ago. Click here to read more about the apparition and the words Jesus shared.

The Catholic Times, on December 27, 2023, shared information about how pilgrims can obtain an indulgence, either through visiting one of the churches or by going on the upcoming diocesan-offered pilgrimage to France. 

At the end of May, Columbus diocese’s Bishop Earl Fernandes will lead a pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Paray-le-Monial, also known as the City of the Eucharist. Click here to learn more and join us!

In addition to this pilgrimage, four Catholic churches dedicated to the Sacred Heart in the Diocese of Columbus will be pilgrimage sites are Cardington Sacred Hearts, Columbus Sacred Heart, Coshocton Sacred Heart and New Philadelphia Sacred Heart.

“The faithful can receive the plenary indulgence during the Jubilee Year by visiting one of the local pilgrimage sites and assisting at Mass; reciting prayers, such as the Litany of the Sacred Heart; making a Holy Hour of reparation; and praying for the intentions of the Holy Father,”

Catholic Times:

To receive a plenary indulgence, an individual must have complete detachment from sin, receive the sacraments of reconciliation and Holy Communion within a reasonable time period and pray for the Holy Father’s intentions…

An indulgence is a grace granted by the Catholic Church through the merits of Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints. 

Bishop Earl K. Fernandes wrote a letter to the Priests and the Laity on the importance of this Devotion. Here is what he wrote: 

Here in the Diocese of Columbus, there has been a re-emergence of Devotion to the Heart of Jesus. Bishop Campbell, my venerable predecessor, re-consecrated the Diocese to the Sacred Heart. Many families have begun once more to enthrone the Sacred Heart of Jesus in their homes, and the Sacred Heart Enthronement Network is based here. An annual Sacred Heart Congress is held in the Diocese. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus has been an anchor in the spirituality of Catholics for many centuries. St. Gertrude the Great speaks of this Devotion some nine hundred years ago. We are certainly familiar with the events in Paray-le-Monial in France in the seventeenth century when St. Margaret Mary Alacoque saw, touched, and spoke with Jesus about his desire to have his heart revered as a sign of his love for us and his passion for us to love him. St. Claude Colombiere supported St. Margaret Mary, and St. John Eudes succeeded in establishing the liturgical Feast of the Sacred Heart, which was extended to the universal Church in 1856.

BISHOP EARL FERNANDES

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