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    May2013

    Designated Churches – Year of Faith

    As part of Year of Faith observances, the diocesan offices of formational ministries and evangelization have developed intercessions in English and Spanish for use at Masses and Sunday Celebrations beginning with the Third Sunday of Lent.

    Each month parishes and missions will be asked to pray a particular intercession as part of the Prayer of the Faithful at Mass.

    There will also be a standard closing prayer for the intercessions that all parishes and missions are being asked to use. The prayer in English and Spanish is from the Mass for the New Evangelization.

    Bishop Joseph Latino has designated the following parishes in the Diocese of Jackson as Year of Faith churches: Jackson St. Peter Cathedral, Natchez St. Mary Basilica, Camden Sacred Heart, Cleveland Our Lady of Victories, Columbus Annunciation, Holly Springs St. Joseph, Southaven Christ the King, Tupelo St. James and Yazoo City St. Mary.

    Those who make a pilgrimage to pray or worship in these  churches on July 28, September 15, and November 24, are eligible for a plenary indulgence after fulfilling the other normal requirements for an indulgence: going to confession, receiving the Eucharist and praying for the intentions of the pope.

    According to the indulgence decree, those visiting the designated churches in the form of a pilgrimage must participate in a liturgy, “or at least pause for an appropriate time in prayer and with pious meditations, concluding with the recitation of the Our Father, the Creed, invocations of the Blessed Virgin Mary and, where appropriate, of the Holy Apostles or patron saints.”

    The decree also states an indulgence may be earned: “each time they attend at least three sermons during the Holy Missions, or at least three lessons on the Acts of the Council or the articles of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, in church or any other suitable location.”

    For other specific ways of earning an indulgence read the official decree for the Year of Faith: at http://www.annusfidei.va/content/novaevangelizatio/en/annus-fidei.html