Bishop Malone Visits Blessed Mary Angela Parish

"24 - Hours For the Lord" is a worldwide initiative called for by Pope Francis to invite all people to receive the mercy of God through Eucharistic Adoration and Confession in union with the Holy Father and the whole church; some parishes across our diocese will be offering 24 - hours of Eucharistic adoration, from Friday noon on March 4th to Saturday noon on March 5th.

Bishop Richard Malone came to celebrate the "24 - Hours For the Lord" on the World Day of Prayer at the Blessed Mary Angela Parish at St. Hyacinth's Church in Dunkirk on Friday, March 4th. Bishop Malone presided over a special liturgy for the Jubilee Year of Mercy during the Hour of Mercy from 3-4 PM.

The service began with Bishop Malone blessing the Door of Mercy on St. Hyacinth's front door. He then blessed members of the Divine Mercy Cenacle Prayer Group who are beginning their third year of existance. He also blessed people who are reading "33-Days fo Merciful Love" in preparation for their consecration to the Divine Mercy on Divine Mercy Sunday. Bishop Malone then blessed the life-size image of the Divine Mercy on the wall of St. Hyacinth's church. He also led the congregation in prayer with the Divine Mercy Stations of the Cross. The congregation venerated the First Class Relics of the Wood of the Cross and the Saints of Mercy: St. Faustina, St. John Paul II, and Blessed Mary Angela.

To further implement Pope Francis' plea, Blessed Mary Angela parish will hold a Regional Penance Service (Confessions) with several priests hearing confessions at St. Hyacinth's Church on Palm Sunday March 20th, starting at 3:30 P.M. Experiencing these faith actions will allow us to reaize that "God is Rich in Mercy" and express "Jesus, I Trust in You." Individual confessions on that day will fulfill the requirements for obtaining plenary and partial indulgences on March 4th, April 3rd (Divine Mercy Sunday on the 2nd Sunday of Easter), and any day in between after walking through the Door of Marcy.

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