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News from Archbishop Michael Jackels - March 23

News from Archbishop Michael Jackels ...

  1. Today, March 25: Because of the coronavirus pandemic all the faithful of the Archdiocese are invited to join in a day of fast, abstinence, and prayer (like we do on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday). This "Penance" is completely voluntary, no one is obligated or mandated to make these sacrifices. An example of an alternative penance might to calmly and silently bear the extra-ordinary strains and burdens of being cooped up at home.
  2. Abstaining from meat: The Catholic faithful in the Archdiocese of Dubuque are dispensed from the obligation to abstain from meat on both Friday, March 27 and on Friday, April 3. This dispensation does not apply to Good Friday, April 10. This dispensation is granted in view of the difficulty people might have in finding meal alternatives to meat, or to go out for grocery shopping. An example of the alternative penance might to bear up silently and with calm under the extra-ordinary strains and burdens of being cooped up at home.
  3. Friday, March 27: at 12:00pm [noon] local time, everyone is invited to participate spiritually via live stream (at vaticannews.va) in a special moment of prayer presided over by our Holy Father Pope Francis. The Pope will be on the sagrato (front steps) of St. Peter’s Basilica. There will be readings from Sacred Scripture, prayers of supplication, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. At the conclusion, the Holy Father will give a special urbi et orbi (to the city of Rome and to the world) blessing. Those who participate live stream can gain the plenary indulgence attached to the Pope’s blessing. To gain the plenary indulgence, in addition to participating in the prayer service via live stream, it is required - as soon as possible - to go to Confession, receive Holy Communion, and pray an Our Father and Hail Mary for the Holy Father’s intentions.