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Catholic Church
Willesden Green
London NW10
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008
2nd-11th February. A special Gift from Our Lady of Lourdes
To mark the 150th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Blessed Lady to St Bernadette at Lourdes the Holy See in Rome has announced that it is possible for all to obtain what is called a “Plenary Indulgence”

What’s this?
An indulgence is an act through, with and in Christ, by His Body the Church, by which the loving offerings of the martyrs and other saints come to bear healing fruit in the life of a particular member of the Church. This person then must be taking every reasonable effort themselves to be open to the redeeming love of God.

How do you get an indulgence?
By doing a particular act set by the Church, whilst at the same time going to Confession, Communion and praying for the Pope’s intentions. This is best done on the same day but can be within the same week (or two).

What is the particular act needed for this indulgence?
The veneration of an image of Our Lady of Lourdes from 2-11 February. This is best done at our formal parish occasion, on Sunday February 10th February at 3pm, whilst going to Confession after any of the Sunday Masses (there will be a priest available after all Lenten Sunday Masses). But it can be done by a private prayer for the Pope’s intentions in front of the special image of Our Lady of Lourdes which we will have present during this period, and going to Confession and communion during this period.

FAMILY FOLLOW-UP TO THIS SUNDAY’S GOSPEL: tell your child about a real boy in our community who wakes his mum up early in the morning on Sundays because he is afraid of missing something at church! Ask Why? Is He becoming a disciple? Thank God in Jesus for showing us how to be disciples.
Next Sunday will have our bi-weekly children’s liturgy at the 10:30 am Mass.
This is for reception children upwards.

posted by Sinead Reekie at 9:27 am