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Update - 04/09/2020

Plenary Indulgence for praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart on Good Friday

The Most Reverend José Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles and President of the USCCB, invites all Catholics to join in praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at 12:00 noon on Good Friday. By a special grant from the Apostolic Penitentiary of the Holy See for those who pray for the end of the pandemic, a plenary indulgence is available for all who join Archbishop Gomez in this prayer. To receive this indulgence, a member of the faithful would need to:

  • pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart on Good Friday;
  • be truly repentant of any sins they have committed and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the earliest opportunity; and
  • pray for the Holy Father’s intentions.

The USCCB has supplied a prayer card with the Litany of the Sacred Heart in both English and Spanish, and one of the friars will pray this Litany at noon on Good Friday, at the beginning of our preaching of the Seven Last Words of Christ.

Seven Last Words

It is a custom in some families to try to observe silence in their homes on Good Friday between noon and 3pm, the hours that Christ was on the cross. It is the custom at St. Patrick to preach about the seven last words (or sayings) of Christ on the cross as recorded in the four Gospel accounts. In addition to our already announced Triduum liturgies, we will also live-stream the preaching of the Seven Last Words of Christ: seven brief reflections spread out over these three hours. Here is the schedule of the preached reflections:

  • 12:00 Noon – Litany of the Sacred Heart, in partial fulfillment of the conditions for a plenary indulgence, followed by preaching on Luke 12:46 – "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do." / Fr. Thomas Blau, O.P.
  • 12:25pm – Luke 23:43 – "Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise." / Fr. Thomas Blau, O.P.
  • 12:50pm – John 12:26-27 – "He said to his mother, 'Woman, behold your son.'" / Fr. Raymund Snyder, O.P.
  • 1:15pm – Matthew 27:46 – "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" / Fr. Charles Shonk, O.P.
  • 1:40pm – John 19:28 – "I thirst!" / Fr. Charles Shonk, O.P.
  • 2:05pm – John 19:30 – "It is finished." / Fr. Stephen Dominic Hayes, O.P.
  • 2:30pm – Luke 23:46 – "Father, into thy hands I commit my spirit." / Fr. Stephen Dominic Hayes, O.P.

Confessions are coming

A plan has been developed by the Diocese for hearing individual confessions safely during the time of the pandemic, but it cannot be implemented just yet, especially due to the anticipated surge in cases of COVID-19 in Ohio in the next weeks. Bishop Brennan will let us know when we can set this plan in motion, so your patience is appreciated. 

In the meantime, Fr. Bernard Mulcahy, O.P., one of our friars at St. Patrick Priory who teaches full time at the Pontifical College Josephinum, has written a concise, clear, and encouraging article on the meaning of perfect contrition, which the Holy See has encouraged the faithful to have recourse to in times like these when individual confession is not immediately available. You can read it at this link

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