In anticipation of the Holy Year, Jubilee of Mercy, Archbishop Cupich has designated St. Michael as a pilgrimage site for the Indulgence which Pope Francis has granted during the period of December 8, 2015 to November 20, 2016. With regards to the indulgence, the Pope noted, “My thought first of all goes to all the faithful who, whether in individual Diocese or as pilgrims to Rome, will experience the grace of the Jubilee. I wish that the Jubilee Indulgence may reach each one as a genuine experience of God’s mercy, which comes to meet each person in the Face of the Father who welcomes and forgives, forgetting completely the sin committed.”
At the pilgrimage sites a Holy Door is identified and blessed. At the pilgrimage sites a Holy Door is identified and blessed. We blessed our Holy Door on the Feast of the Immaculate, December 8, 2015.
This is how an indulgence is defined in the Code of Canon Law (#992) and in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (#1471). “An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed, gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasure of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints.”
Indulgences can be partial or plenary in freeing one from the temporal punishment due to sin. They can be obtained for oneself or for the dead.
By having the intention of acquiring the indulgence—while also having an interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin; going to confession (before or after the visit); receiving Holy Communion; making a profession of faith; praying for the holy Father and the intentions he bears in his heart for the good of the Church and world while doing any of the following:
- For those able: by visiting one of the diocesan pilgrimage churches;
- For the sick or elderly: by receiving Holy Communion or attending Holy Mass and community prayer (even Mass celebrated on TV)
- For those who are incarcerated; by visiting the chapel in the prison
- By personally performing one or more of the Spiritual or Corporal works of mercy
- By remembering the deceased at Mass and praying that they be freed from every remnant of fault and be embraced by God in the blessedness of eternal life.