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Bishop Ricken issues decree on Year of Faith

By | October 17, 2012

Most Reverend David Laurin Ricken, D.D., J.C.L.

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By the Grace of God and the Authority of the Apostolic See
Bishop of Green Bay

DECREE

Ever abundant is the mercy of God, who pardons sinners and desires the salvation of all. So that more opportunities may be available for the faithful to experience God’s mercy, the Holy See has established a plenary indulgence for the Year of Faith, which begins on Oct. 11, 2012, and concludes on Nov. 24, 2013.

In light of the Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary of Sept. 14, 2012, I designate St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay and the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion as places of pilgrimage in the Diocese of Green Bay where the plenary indulgence may be obtained for the Year of Faith.

To obtain the plenary indulgence in these places, the Faithful are to:

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• participate in a sacred celebration or at least remain for a similar period of time in prayer and pious meditation;
• recite the Our Father, Creed, and a prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary (at the Shrine recite the prayer to Our Lady of Good Help);
• and recite the prayer to St. Francis Xavier for the Year of Faith.

In addition, the faithful may obtain the plenary indulgence for the Year of Faith by participating in Mass in any Catholic church on the solemnities of the Immaculate Conception, Christmas, Easter, Pentecost and the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and by reciting the Creed.

The decree of the Holy See indicates these additional ways the faithful may obtain the plenary indulgence for the Year of Faith:

• “Each time they attend at least three sermons during the Holy Missions, or at least three lessons on the Acts of the Council [Vatican II] or the articles of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, in any church or any other suitable location.”

• “On any day they choose, during the Year of Faith, if they make a pious visit to the baptistery, or other place in which they received the sacrament of baptism, and there renew their baptismal promises in any legitimate form.”

• The faithful who, due to illness or other legitimate reason, cannot leave their home, may obtain the indulgence “if, united in spirit and thought with the other faithful, and especially at the times when the words of the Supreme Pontiff and diocesan bishops are transmitted by television or radio, they recite … the Our Father, the Profession of Faith in any legitimate form, and other prayers that concord with the objectives of the Year of Faith, offering up the suffering and discomfort of their lives.”

For the reception of the plenary indulgence for the Year of Faith, one must also be in a state of grace, free from attachment to sin, receive holy Communion, and receive the sacrament of penance. The sacrament of penance may be received several days before or after performing the prescribed act.

During this year may all the faithful renew and deepen their faith, know God’s mercy, and draw others closer to Christ.

Given at the Chancery on Oct. 10, 2012.

Most Reverend David L. Ricken, D.D., J.C.L.
Bishop of Green Bay

Rev. John Doerfler,

Chancellor

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