UP Catholic 10 28 2016 E Edition Page 28

28 October 28, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC www.upcatholic.org Father Dan Malone Fr. Dan, You are a wonderful Priest! Your love of the gospel, pastoral leadership, kind and gentle heart have brought us all closer to Christ! We love you... -Your St. Rose Parishioners! CNA/EWTN NEWS Detroit, Mich. - Seeking Gods forgiveness for generations of failures in the Church, the Archdiocese of Detroit held a Mass of Pardon, on Oct. 7, asking God for grace and mercy. Repent and believe in the Good News, this is an inseparable prayer, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron said in his homily. He said the Mass is about transforming those faults in our sins, the wounds we bear that bear death, and transforming those wounds into new sources of life. Thats what pardon is in the Kingdom of God. Its not about forgetting, its about transformation, the archbishop said, accord- ing to the Michigan Catholic. Transform- ing our lives though Jesus Christ, now and forever. Auxiliary Bishops Michael Byrnes, Arturo Cepeda and Donald Hanchon concelebrated the Mass with Archbishop Vigneron at De- troits Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. At the start of Mass, the archbishop and bishops processed in and laid prostate before the altar as a long litany of sins and failures was recited between sung portions of the Kyrie, Lord have mercy. The litany asked forgiveness for sins com- mitted throughout the years, by clergy and faithful. They asked forgiveness, as a Church, for ignoring the Word of God and hiding behind policies and procedures, for failures to protect children from sex abuse and for failing to take to heart the Lords condemna- tion of those who scandalize the little ones. They sought pardon for turning a deaf ear to the cries of the poor, abandoning the widow and orphan, and institutionalized racism. Their other objects of penitence in- cluded cowardice in confronting the culture of death, turning a blind eye to corruption, and even for ill-prepared homilies. They sought pardon for tearing each other to pieces by our choosing bitterness, vanity, self-glory and worldly ways and for not picking up our crosses and following Jesus, for avoiding the purifying pains that come with a life of faith, hope and love. Archbishop Vigneron's homily also reflect- ed on penitence as an inherent part of Chris- tian life. Were repenting so that we can receive the Good News and share the Good News, Archbishop Vigneron said. To be a band of joyful missionary disciples, we must first be evangelized. And to be evangelized, we must irst repent. The Archdiocese of Detroit said the event was an act of repentance before God. It was an opportunity for Archbishop Vigneron to represent the archdiocese before God and repent of all the sins that have been com- mitted, and in many cases were part of the culture of the Archdiocese, over many de- cades. In a September 2016 letter, Archbishop Vigneron explained the Mass of Pardon. He would go personally before God to repent on behalf of the Archdiocese for the sins committed over the generations by our bishops, our priests, our lay ministers, our institutions, and all the faithful - sins which, all too often, have become embedded in our church-culture. He described the Mass of Pardon as a chance for repentance and humility for ev- ery member of the archdiocese, linking it to the Catholic Churchs Year of Mercy Archbishop Vigneron compared the Mass of Pardon to the sacrament of confession. The Mass is a vital step in our imploring the Holy Spirit to grant us all the graces of a New Pentecost in our Archdi- ocese. In Gods unfathomable wisdom, He gave us, sinners though we are, the responsi- bility of spreading the Good News, knowing that in our humanity we would err but promising us deliverance from sin and death with our heartfelt repentance, Arch- bishop Vigneron said. He invited the faithful to join in prayers for forgiveness by saying a rosary, offering a day of fasting, visiting the Door of Mercy at the cathe- dral, or going to confession. The Mass comes ahead of the upcoming archdiocesan synod, set for Nov. 18-20. It follows the example of St. John Paul II, who celebrated a similar Mass in March 2000. Archdiocese of Detroit holds a Mass for pardon Reverend Robb Jurkovich Our Lady of Peace Parish Ironwood Father Robb, We are very grateful to have you here with us. Thank you from your parishioners!

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