by Fr. Bryan Cunningham on 17/10/2013 -
On Friday 18th October 2013 we will celebrate Covenant Mass at 6.00pm and join with the international gathering of members of the Schoenstatt Family in Schoenstatt for the opening of the Jubilee Year. There will be live-stream participation through EWTA TV Channel. Our wish is to begin this year of celebration of the Covenant as a year of hope because we receive the grace of the Jubilee. Our prayer is that we can look forward and find how we can grow and help many to grow in their faith. To this end our Holy Father, Pope Francis, extends a plenary indulgence to all Schoenstatt Shrines. Beginning on Friday 18th October 2013 until Sunday 26th October 2014. We welcome you to the Shrine and pray that you receive the graces you need for your life and for all your loved ones.
Schoenstatt celebrates 100 years of the Covenant of Love.Next year on the 18th of October 2014 it will be the Centenary of the beginning of the Schoenstatt Movement and 100 years since Our Lady was moved by he faith of that first generation to “make her throne of grace in the Shrine” and draw “youthful hearts to become apostles”. In our Centenary we want to celebrate 100 years of the Covenant and give thanks for all the graces received in that time. We look forward and ask ourselves the question: “What does God and Our Lady want Schoenstatt to do in the coming years? What is our mission what can we do to help build up the Church in the modern world?”
Our Holy Father, Pope France has extends a time of grace to Schoenstatt by granting a Plenary Indulgence for all Schoenstatt Shrines. In the words of the document extending this indulgence we read: “the Most Holy Father hereby graciously extends a plenary Indulgence under the usual conditions (i.e., sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion, and prayers for the intention of the Holy Father), to all members of the Schoenstatt Work and to other members of the Christian faithful who are celebrating the jubilee, when they are truly sorry for their sins and who unite their hearts to the spiritual goals of the Year of Faith. This plenary Indulgence can be obtained from the 18th of October (2013) until the 26th of October of 2014 if the aforementioned have participated in any of the celebrations of the Jubilee Year or have performed some other pious devotion or at least taken a pause from daily activities to meditate, concluding with the Lord’s Prayer, the Profession of Faith, and invocations of the Three Times Admirable Mother, Queen and Victress. These actions can be performed on any given day in Schoenstatt, on certain feast days to be determined in the city of Rome and in all the Schoenstatt shrines throughout the world.”
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