Vatican grants two-year indulgence for Laguna parish jubilee

Vatican grants two-year indulgence for Laguna parish jubilee

Bishop Buenaventura Famadico of San Pablo and two other priests show the decree from the Apostolic Penitentiary granting the faithful plenary indulgence for the occasion of the Our Lady of Fatima Parish’s Silver Jubilee, Oct. 31. OLFP SOCCOM

By OLFP SocComm

November 14, 2020

Calamba City

Catholics who visit the Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Calamba City can gain the plenary indulgence starting December 1, 2020 until June 2, 2022.

This was after a decree from the Apostolic Penitentiary was publicly read on Oct. 31 in a Thanksgiving Mass presided over by Bishop Buenaventura Famadico of San Pablo.

The parish will celebrate its Silver Jubilee come May 13, 2021 until June 2, 2022.

In preparation for the celebration, the bishop requested the Vatican dicastery to grant the plenary indulgence to those who will participate in the monthly first Saturday Masses and devotion in the parish in preparation for the Silver Jubilee and in the actual jubilee year.

Instead, the dicastery granted a full two-year concession to the parish in a decree dated May 13, 2020 but was received only by the parish last month.

In keeping with canon law, the decree was promulgated last Oct. 31, the end of the month of the Holy Rosary, and will begin to oblige on December 1.

Pope Francis has also given Bishop Famadico the faculty to impart the papal blessing, with the plenary indulgence, to those who will participate in a chosen event during the Silver Jubilee next year.

Plenary indulgence is the total remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven. The conditions for receiving this include going to confession, receiving the Eucharist and offering prayers for the intentions of the Pope.

Fr. David Reyes, Jr., the parish priest, invites the faithful to participate in the first Saturday activities from December 2020 until May 2021 in preparation for their Parish’s Silver Jubilee.

The first Saturday activities include Confession (6:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.), praying of the Holy Rosary (6:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.), and Mass in honor of Our Lady of Fatima (7:00 a.m. and 12:00 n.n.).

A pilgrim’s card will be issued and sealed for those who will participate, according to the parish. Those who will complete the first five Saturdays will receive a certificate of completion.

A year-long plan for the jubilee is also underway so that the parishioners and other pilgrims can truly benefit from the spiritual gift granted by the pope to the parish.

The Our Lady of Fatima Parish was formally erected on June 2, 1996 by the then San Pablo Bishop Francisco San Diego.

Based on a 2015 study, the parish has a current estimated population of 54,000 people with an annual growth rate of 3.14% per year. It comprises six barangays with eight chapels and two mission areas.

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