The Year of Faith, which began Oct. 11, will conclude on Nov. 24, the Solemnity of Christ the King. The multi-faceted Year is now in its ninth month, with Baptism and Reconciliation its two major themes.
During this Year of Faith an individual may receive a plenary indulgence in remission of temporal punishment for their sins, or offer it for a soul in purgatory for attending special Masses, participating in pilgrimages to renew Baptismal promises, and by taking courses offered by the Bishop Helmsing Institute. The indulgences carry conditions: the individual is truly repentant, has received the sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion within 20 days, and prays for the intentions of the Holy Father.
Six special diocesan Masses will be celebrated by Bishop Finn this summer and fall using the Mass for the New Evangelization for the Year of Faith. There will be special readings and Prayers of the Faithful, renewal of Baptismal promises and, if the usual conditions are met, a plenary indulgence is attached to the Mass. All the liturgies will begin at 2 p.m. At the conclusion of each Mass, Bishop Finn will impart the Apostolic Blessing to all present.
• 2 p.m., July 14, Immaculate Conception Church, 107 N. 18th Street, Lexington.
• 2 p.m., July 28, Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 519 N. 10th Street, St. Joseph.
• 2 p.m., Aug. 11, Conception Abbey Basilica, 37174 State Highway VV, Conception.
• 2 p.m., Aug. 18, St. Sabina Church, 700 Trevis, Belton, (in Spanish).
• 2 p.m., Sept. 29, Holy Rosary Church, 610 S. 4th Street, Clinton.
• 2 p.m., Nov. 24, the Solemnity of Christ the King, the Solemn Closing Mass for the Year of Faith, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Kansas City.
In addition, the faithful may obtain indulgences every time they participate in a solemn Eucharistic celebration or the Liturgy of the Hours, adding the Profession of Faith, in any sacred place. The remaining dates include:
• All solemnities of Our Lord and the Blessed Virgin Mary;
• Feasts of the Holy Apostles.
The upcoming courses and seminars offered by the Bishop Helmsing Institute and the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis associated with the plenary indulgence include: Vatican II, began 6:30 pm, July 9, St. Therese North, 7207 NW Highway 9, Kansas City.
The Life in Christ Catechism workshop-seminar has been re-scheduled for Oct. 26, to be held in the The Catholic Center’s Cardinal Baum Room, 20 W. 9 Street, Kansas City. For more information on seminar time and featured speakers, visit www.diocese-kcsj.org/ content/education/office_of_evangelization_and_catechesis.
Scripture Orientation (formerly Biblical Foundations), to be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, 2700 E. Mechanic, Harrisonville (Aug. 19-26), at St. Andrew the Apostle Parish, 6415 NE Antioch Road, Gladstone and at St. John Francis Regis Parish, 8941 James A. Reed Road, Kansas City (Aug. 29-Sept. 5), tuition free.
Liturgy and Sacraments is now combined, held at St. John LaLande Parish, 805 NW R.D. Mize Road, Blue Springs, at St. Patrick Parish, 1813 S. 12 Street, St. Joseph (Nov. 4-Dec. 9) and at the Catholic Center, 20 W. 9 Street, Kansas City, Tuesday mornings (Nov. 5 –Dec.10).