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Our Lady of Fatima Plenary Indulgence


by Dianne Rachal, Director of Worship

On Saturday, May 13, the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, Pope Francis declared canonized saints, Jacinta and Francesco Marto, two of the three shepherd children to whom Our Lady appeared. A one-year Jubilee began on November 27, 2016, the First Sunday of Advent, and will continue until November 26, 2017.  The Apostolic Penitentiary has granted a plenary indulgence for the centennial anniversary of the Fatima apparitions.  “The plenary indulgence of the jubilee is granted: to pious faithful who visit with devotion an image of Our Lady of Fatima solemnly displayed for public veneration in any temple, oratory or adequate place, during the days of the anniversary of the apparitions (the 13th of each month, from May to October 2017), and devotedly participate there in any celebration or prayer in honor of the Virgin Mary, pray the Our Father, recite the Symbol of Faith (Creed) and invoke Our Lady of Fatima.”

“To obtain the plenary indulgence, the faithful, truly penitent and animated with charity, must fulfill the following conditions: sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father.”

The parishes in the Diocese of Shreveport with images of Our Lady of Fatima for veneration at the time of this publication are:
• Cathedral of St. John Berchmans, Shreveport
• Mary, Queen of Peace Parish, Bossier City
• St. Jude Parish, Benton
• St. Patrick Parish, Lake Providence
• Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Monroe

O God, who chose the Mother of your Son to be our Mother also,
Grant us that, persevering in penance and prayer
For the salvation of the world,
We may further more effectively each day the reign of Christ.
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.  

25th Annual Red Mass in Shreveport

Bishop Michael G. Duca presents a check to a member of Holy Angels Residential Facility during the 25th Annual Red Mass at Holy Trinity in downtown Shreveport. The Red Mass honors lawyers, judges and court officials. This year’s honoree was Holy Angels.

Fr. Thang’wa Led Prayer for LA Senate

Fr. Mike Thang’wa gave the opening prayer at the Louisiana Senate on April 25. He was invited by Senator Barrow Peacock, District 37, Shreveport-Bossier. The Senate is opened with prayer each session. He also was given a tour of the Capitol, seeing the view from the top and going to the fourth floor where the governor’s office is and where news conferences are held.

Fr. Gaitley Led Cathedral’s Divine Mercy Retreat

Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, and the Marian Missionaries conducted a Divine Mercy Day Retreat on Saturday, April 22, at the Cathedral of  St. John Berchmans for over 200 attendees from throughout the diocese and surrounding areas. Pictured: Fr. Gaitley offers a blessing of the Divine Mercy images for retreatants.

Fr. Tim Surprised with Anniversary Gift

The children of St. Joseph Parish in Zwolle and St. Ann Church in Ebarb surprised Fr. Tim Hurd with an engraved bench for his 25th anniversary of priesthood.

St. Joseph PSR Students Present Rice Bowl

Fr. Rothell Price, Vicar General and Director of Special Collections, was presented with a check in the amount of $775.11 from the Rice Bowl Lenten donations of the students of the Parish School of Religion of St. Joseph Parish in Shreveport. Teachers, Bonnie Vanni and Suji Sujith, along with students, Joshua and Theresa Sujith made the presentation to Fr. Price for the efforts of Catholic Relief Services.

Foot Washing at St. Jude

St. Jude participated in foot washing on Holy Thursday. Pictured are Joey and Candace Brickner and family.

May Crowning in Many

The youth of St. John the Baptist Parish in Many brought flowers for the annual crowning of Mary in May.

St. Joseph Altar, Mansfield

St. Joseph in Mansfield hosted a St. Joseph Altar on March 19 for both St. Joseph, Mansfield and St. Ann, Stonewall. Both churches contributed to the decorations and food for the event.

First Communion at St. Lawrence

St. Lawrence Parish in Swartz, held First Communion on Sunday, April 30. Fr. Job Scaria is pictured with the first communicants.