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Can Sacramental Penances Count for Indulgences?

I recently had occasion to consult the Manual of Indulgences and was reminded of something I had forgotten: namely, that the prayers or works we are assigned as a penance when we go to Confession can, in fact, count towards receiving … Continue reading

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Partial Indulgences

Previous posts here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Having listed several of the plenary indulgences that are available, I now would like to share some of the more common partial indulgences that we can obtain on a daily basis – and, indeed, multiple times in the … Continue reading

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Plenary Indulgences Available at Special Times

Previous posts here, here, here, here, here, and here. Following on yesterday’s post (the last “here” link above), I am now providing a list of some of the principal plenary indulgences that you can obtain on special occasions during the liturgical year. Again, these are taken … Continue reading

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Plenary Indulgences Available Each Day

Previous posts here, here, here, here, and here. There are many plenary indulgences that have been granted by the Popes; with the exception of those that might have been granted for special occasions (e.g. World Youth Day), they are all listed in the … Continue reading

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Indulgences Part IV

Previous posts here, here, and here. The Catholic Church’s teaching on indulgences is one of those things that our Protestant friends tend to shake their head at. At various points in the Church’s history there were certainly abuses in the … Continue reading

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Indulgences Part III

Previous posts here and here. As we saw in the previous article about indulgences, they are special gifts given to us by the Church to help us grow in holiness. By doing the works and saying the prayers specified we … Continue reading

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Indulgences Part II

Continuing in my series on indulgences, today I provide a more contemporary explanation, originally written by another priest in the Diocese of Birmingham and subsequently adapted/expanded by me with the help of another priest-friend of mine. Hopefully the examples provided … Continue reading

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Indulgences Part I

What are indulgences? For starters, they are an ancient “institution” of the Church that has never been suppressed, superseded, or suspended. Yet many of us never learned about them. Or perhaps we did learn or hear about them, but were … Continue reading

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The Older Profession of Faith for Converts

When a person who is already baptized is received into the Catholic Church now, the ordinary profession of faith used is quite simple. The person states (without having to put his or her hand on a book of the gospels … Continue reading

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First Blessings and Masses of New Priests

There is an urban legend out there to the effect that there is a plenary indulgence available to anyone who receives a “first blessing” from a new priest within a year of his ordination. This is false. No such indulgence is … Continue reading

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Now Available – Bilingual Catechism

I am pleased to announce the release of a resource I developed several years ago, now to a wider market. It is a basic bilingual catechism (Spanish/English). This resource meets a pastoral need that I have encountered over and over again: … Continue reading

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A Gift of Spiritual Renewal

As part of our 125th Anniversary Celebration at Holy Rosary Parish, I petitioned the Apostolic Penitentiary for a special indulgence for the parish. Their swift response – the entire process was conducted over email – far exceeded my expectations: the … Continue reading

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