Pope Francis has granted a plenary indulgence opportunity for the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions throughout the centennial year, from November 27, 2016 until November 26, 2017. In a statement from the Fatima Shrine in Portugal to obtain the plenary indulgence, the faithful must also fulfill the ordinary conditions: go to Confession and Communion, be interiorly detached from sin, and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father.
For the faithful who, because of age, illness or other serious cause, are homebound or confined, they may pray in front of a statue of Our Lady of Fatima and must spiritually unite themselves to the jubilee celebrations on the days of the apparitions on the 13th of each month between May and October 2017. They must also “offer to merciful God with confidence, their prayers and sufferings or the sacrifices they make in their own lives.”
Excerpts from EWTN-
An indulgence is defined in the Code of Canon Law (can. 992) and in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (n. 1471). An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment (time in purgatory) due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven. Indulgences are granted through the ministry of the Church which, as the dispenser of the grace of redemption, distributes the treasury of the merits of Christ and the Saints.
The faithful Christian who is duly disposed, gains the indulgence under certain prescribed conditions and through the performance of certain prescribed works. The indulgence can be obtained for oneself or applied to someone who has died. In general, the gaining of indulgences requires certain prescribed conditions and the performance of certain prescribed works.
To gain indulgences, whether plenary or partial, it is necessary that the faithful be in the state of grace at least at the time the indulgenced work is completed.
A plenary indulgence removes full remission of all temporal punishment due to past sins which have been forgiven. A plenary indulgence can be gained only once a day.
A partial indulgence removes only part of the temporal punishment due to past sins which have been forgiven.
The potential for a shooting incident by an active shooter exists unfortunately, in every situation throughout the United States.
Here are things to think about in event a situation should arise.
All parishioners and visitors are invited to spend some time with Jesus at adoration each Friday between 10am and 10:45am followed by Benediction and Mass. Jesus is present, waiting for you to share your thoughts and prayers with Him. Our hope is that we will all keep company with Jesus during Adoration on Fridays, followed by Benediction in the church and Mass at 11am in the chapel. For more information please call Deacon Henry Miner (808)499-5950.
For many years now our parishioners have been blessed by being able to light a votive candle for their prayer intentions in the Marian alcove. We would like to offer some reminders about “votive candle etiquette” so that all of us may continue to enjoy the benefits of this devotional practice:
- · Please allow our sacristans time to fill the votive cups with candles before the 8:00am Sunday mass and in between the other Sunday masses. This is only one of their responsibilities, so please be patient.
- · If all the candles have been lit, please do not blow them out to relight them for your own prayer intention.
- · Please do not go into the sacristy looking for candles to fill an empty cup. Our sacristans must remove the little metal disks before adding a new candle. If this is not done the heat from two metal disks in the cup causes the glass to break.
- · Although we appreciate offers of help from our parishioners, our sacristans are the ONLY ONES ALLOWED to replace the candles and cups due to our concern that you avoid burning yourself or cutting yourself on broken glass. This is also a liability issue for the parish.
- · In consideration of your fellow parishioners, we ask you to perhaps light only one candle for your intentions so as to allow others to do the same at the busiest times of usage. Remember, you can also light candles during the week as the church is open.
- · Please monitor your children around our candle stands. Do not allow them to play with the sticks or the votive candles. This is a critical safety issue requiring your vigilance at all times.
We ask for your cooperation in following these guidelines and for your kindness and consideration toward your fellow parishioners. Thank You!
Dear Fellow Parishioners,
Due to the provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, better known as HIPAA, which mandates the protection of patient privacy, Harrison Hospital will no longer be able to provide our local faith communities with a list of the names of Catholic patients who are hospitalized.
What this means for us here at Holy Trinity is that you will need to notify the parish office if you, a family member, loved one, or friend is in the hospital and wishes to celebrate the Anointing of the Sick due to serious illness, surgery, unexpected hospitalization, or if you wish to receive Holy Communion during your hospital stay.
Harrison Hospital will be able to contact us if a Catholic patient specifically requests the ministry of a priest for the celebration of a sacrament or of a Eucharistic Minister for Holy Communion during their hospitalization.
We will, as always, be able to see patients, however, we will only be able to ask about or receive information about the location of a patient if a specific name is provided. So, if we are not informed of a hospitalization, we will not be able to meet a need.
I will continue to respond to emergency calls and to visit the hospital on Thursday if there is a spiritual care request and our Eucharistic ministers will visit the hospital on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, as they always have, if we know that a Catholic patient is in the hospital.
We will continue to strive to provide the best in sacramental and pastoral care to our parish members and to Catholics in the wider community. But your initiative in notifying us about a hospitalization and a ministry request will be essential to our success in serving our Catholic faith community.
Please let your family members and friends know of this change in the hospital policy so that they can plan accordingly. And as always, please notify us of the need for the Anointing of the Sick prior to an anticipated hospitalization or surgical procedure, whenever possible.
I celebrate this sacrament at our weekday masses with our morning mass community adding their prayers to mine for healing and recovery. If you are not able to be present at mass, I also celebrate the Anointing of the Sick at area care facilities for which we are responsible and in parishioner homes, if necessary. If we all work together we can help to minimize the impact of this mandated change to previous policy. May God bless us all.
Your, Brother in Christ,
Fr. Jack Buckalew