Decree of Jubilee Year and Indulgence
PROT. N. 793/13/I
MOST HOLY FATHER,
Fr Julio César Bunader, Vicar General of the Order of Friars Minor, along with Fr Hugh McKenna, Minister Provincial, Sister Mary Francis O’Brien, President of the Federation of Our Lady of the Angels, and Sister Mary Colette Hayden, Abbess of the Galway Monastery of the Order of Saint Clare, with the earnest support of His Excellency, the Most Reverend Martin Drennan, Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh, humbly and joyfully reports to Your Holiness that in the aforesaid Monastery in Galway, in the month of January 1914 a special devotion to the Most Holy Name of Jesus was initiated, under the leadership of Fr Francis Donnelly OFM,
and he makes his own their request that, on the occasion of this centennial remembrance, in order that Christ’s faithful, through suitable means, such as the proclamation of the Word of God, the reception of the Sacraments, and liturgical Celebrations, may be strengthened and brought to perfection in their Christian life, after the Year of Faith, showing a Gospel example to their neighbours, and observing an unfailing hierarchical communion with the Roman Pontiff and their proper Bishop, Your Holiness may grant the gift of an Indulgence.
And may God preserve Your Holiness.
ON THE 19TH DAY OF DECEMBER 2013,
the Apostolic Penitentiary, by mandate of the Holy Father Francis, and most willingly expressing His paternal benevolence, grants a Jubilee Year with the attached Plenary Indulgence, which may be obtained under the usual conditions (i.e. sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayers for the intention of the Supreme Pontiff), once in each day, to those of Christ’s faithful who are truly repentant, which they may apply in suffrage for the souls of the faithful departed in Purgatory, if they have devoutly taken part in any jubilee celebration or pious exercise in honour of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, or if they have given over a suitable space of time for pious reflection, concluding with the Lord’s Prayer, the Profession of Faith and invocations of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi.
This indulgence is available:
a) To every individual friar and sister as often as they devoutly visit the church or principal chapel attached to the friary or the monastery;
b) To all the faithful: once in the year, in all the churches or chapels attached to the friaries or monasteries;
c) If they devoutly participate in the centenary celebrations on the following feast days in 2014: the Holy Name of Jesus (3rd January), St Bernardine of Siena (20th May), St Clare (11th August), St Bernard of Clairvaux (20th August), the Seraphic Father St Francis (4th October), St John Capistran (23rd October), as well as the Tridua preceding these feasts, and on other days to be properly determined.
d) In Galway, if they visit the image of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, exposed for public veneration in the public chapel of the Poor Sisters of Saint Clare.
Those of the faithful who are impeded by old age or ill health can obtain the Plenary Indulgence, if, thoroughly repentant of every sin, and with the intention of fulfilling the three usual conditions, as soon as they are able to do so, they join spiritually with the jubilee celebrations, offering their prayers and sufferings to the Mercy of God through Mary.
All of the faithful, even several times on the same day, may gain a partial indulgence, if, with at least a contrite heart and invoking the Most Holy Name of Jesus, they apply those works of mercy, penance or evangelisation proposed by His Excellency, the Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh.
In order that there may easier access to obtaining God’s pardon through the keys of the Church, out of pastoral charity, this Penitentiary earnestly urges the confessors of the Order of Friars Minor, promptly and generously to make themselves available in the jubilee churches and chapels.
What has been announced shall be valid for the whole Jubilee Year in honour of the Most Holy Name of Jesus in Ireland. All things to the contrary notwithstanding.
MAURO CARDINAL PIACENZA
PROT. N. 793/13/I
By virtue of the faculties attributed to it in a very special way by our Holy Father in Christ, by Divine Providence, Pope Francis, the Apostolic Penitentiary, graciously grants to His Excellency, the Most Reverend Martin Drennan, Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh, that, during the centenary celebrations of the beginning of the special devotion to the Most Holy Name of Jesus in Ireland, on a day to be chosen for the benefit of the faithful, after having celebrated the Eucharistic Sacrifice, he may impart to all the faithful present who have participated in the sacred rites the Papal Blessing with the attached Plenary Indulgence, to be obtained under the usual conditions (i.e. sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayers for the intention of the Supreme Pontiff).
Even if, for reasonable circumstances, they were unable to be physically present for the sacred rites, members of the faithful who receive this Papal Blessing, can also gain the Plenary Indulgence, in accordance with the law, provided they have followed the same sacred rites intently broadcast by means of television or radio.
This present concession is valid once only. All things to the contrary notwithstanding.
Given at Rome, from the seat of the Apostolic Penitentiary, on the 19th day of December, in the Year of the Lord’s Incarnation 2014.
MAURO CARDINAL PIACENZA