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What are INDULGENCES?

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

QUESTION: What are INDULGENCES and do we still believe in them?

ANSWER: First of all, YES, as Catholics we still do believe in INDULGENCES! So, what are they?  Remember the difference between the eternal punishment due to mortal sin and the temporal punishment due to sin?  Well, an INDULGENCE is the remission before God of temporal punishment for sins whose guilt is already forgiven in the absolution we receive from the priest in the Sacrament of Penance, which a properly disposed member of the Christian faithful gains under certain and defined conditions by the assistance of the Church which, as minister of the redemption, dispenses and applies authoritatively from the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints (Code of Canon Law 992).  The Catechism of the Catholic Church states the following:  “An indulgence is obtained through the Church who, by virtue of the power of binding and loosing granted her by Christ Jesus, intervenes in favor of individual Christians and opens for them the treasury of the merits of Christ and the saints to obtain from the Father of mercies the remission of the temporal punishment due for their sins. The Church does this not just to aid Christians, but also to spur them to works of devotion, penance, and charity” (CCC 1478).

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 [have gone to Confession at least 8 days before or 8 days after the indulgenced work].  A plenary indulgence can be gained only once a day, while one may gain several plenary indulgences in a single day. In order to obtain it, the faithful must, in addition to being in the state of grace through the Sacrament of Penance: have the interior disposition of detachment from sin, even venial sin; received the Holy Eucharist on the day of the indulgenced work, and prayed for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff (the Pope).  Prayer for the Pope’s intentions is left to the choice of the faithful, but an “Our Father” and a “Hail Mary” are suggested. One sacramental Confession suffices for several plenary indulgences, but a separate Holy Communion and a separate prayer for the Holy Father’s intentions are required for each plenary indulgence.  For the sake of those legitimately impeded, confessors can commute both the work prescribed and the conditions required (except, obviously, detachment from even venial sin). Indulgences can always be applied either to oneself or to the souls of the deceased, but they cannot be applied to other persons living on earth.  

 

Extra Times for the Sacrament of Penance beginning in Passiontide

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

 SAINT MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH – SALEM, SD

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 EXTRA OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE BEGINNING MARCH 15th:

DURING THE 1st WEEK OF PASSIONTIDE or the 5th WEEK of LENT

TUESDAY through FRIDAY, March 15th – 18th:  Each evening from 5:30 until 6:30pm

SATURDAY, March 19th (The Vigil of Palm Sunday) – two opportunities available in the afternoon – from 1:00 – 2:00pm and 3:45 – 4:45pm (usual time)

DURING THE 2nd WEEK OF PASSIONTIDE or HOLY WEEK

MONDAY, TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY, March 21st, 22nd & 23rd – two opportunities available on all three days –  7:30 – 8:10am before morning Mass and…again each evening from 5:30 – 6:30pm

DURING THE PASCHAL TRIDUUM

ON HOLY THURSDAY, MARCH 24th: 7:30 – 9:00am (Morning ONLY);

ON GOOD FRIDAY, March 25th:  7:30 – 9:00am (Morning ONLY);

ON HOLY SATURDAY, March 26th:  7:30 – 9:00am (Morning ONLY);  Please note: NO 3:45pm Confessions on Holy Saturday afternoon!

ON EASTER SUNDAY, March 27th:   NO SCHEDULED CONFESSIONS

 

Christ instituted the Sacrament of Penance for all sinful members of His Church: above all for those who, since Baptism, have fallen into grave sin, and have thus lost their baptismal grace and wounded ecclesial communion.  It is to them that the Sacrament of Penance offers a new possibility to convert and to recover the grace of justification.  The Fathers of the Church present this Sacrament as “the second plank [of salvation] after the shipwreck which is the loss of grace.”

– from the Catechism of the Catholic Church  #1446

 

For more information, please call: 605-425-2600

 

Extra times for the Sacrament of Penance before Christmas (click on ad to enlarge)

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

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Holy Week 2013 Schedule

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Schedule of Advent Confession and Christmas Masses

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Advent Confessions & Christmas Masses

November 2nd: Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

On All Souls Day, Friday, November 2nd, following the morning Mass, the children and faculty of St. Mary School, along with about a dozen parishioners, made the formal “Visit to the Parish Cemetery for All Souls Day”.  Father Lawrence led the prayers for the Holy Souls as well as those prescribed for the intentions of our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI.  After a generous sprinkling with Holy Water, a special treat called “Soul Cakes” were blessed and distributed to the children to enjoy on their return journey to school.

N.B. “Soul Cakes” come to us from Mexico, and are only a small culinary sampling of the rich Latin American Catholic cultural celebration called  “Dia de los Muertos” or “Day of the Dead” (All Souls Day).  We thank Mrs. Barbara Stangeland for making the Soul Cakes.

 

Holy Week Schedule

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Schedule for Extra Times for Sacrament of Penance

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

 

Extra Times for Confession beginning in Passiontide