Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, July 13th, start asking for time off, and prepare to reserve your spot on our special “Year of Mercy Pilgrimage”. It should be a wonderful day of prayer, mercy, healing, history, fun, food, and more.
As you may know, Pope Francis has given the Church a special plenary indulgence this year to anyone who makes a pilgrimage through the designated Holy Doors in that diocese. A plenary indulgence remits any of the temporal consequences owed to sin. In other words, someone who receives a plenary indulgence has their soul completely cleansed of all sin and its temporal consequences in God’s mysterious grace and mercy. If someone were to die immediately after receiving the plenary indulgence, they would go straight to heaven. Of course, the usual conditions apply, as this isn’t magic. The person needs to go to confession, receive the Eucharist, and be freed from all attachment to venial sin at the time. We’re hoping to take advantage of this great opportunity to receive God’s healing love and mercy, which we all need, and also pray together and have fun together as a parish on Wednesday, July 13th.
We will have more information for you soon, but here is a basic outline.
We will leave from Saint Timothy’s in the morning and drive to the Saint Paul Seminary. We hear a lot about the seminary, and it is the “heart of the Church”, but most of us never have visited it. We will have the opportunity to visit the seminary and its beautiful setting along the Mississippi River. There, we will be welcomed by the rector, Msgr. Aloysius Callaghan, receive a tour, and have some additional time for prayer and lunch. This will be a great time to reflect and pray where the Church tries to form merciful hearts for his work in our parishes and dioceses.
After our visit to the seminary, to keep us mindful of our journey as true pilgrims, people who are traveling on a journey, those of us who are able will walk along historic and beautiful Summit Avenue in Saint Paul to the Cathedral. While the focus is on the spiritual journey that we are making as pilgrims, as you know, there are many historic and beautiful homes along the way, including the Governor’s Mansion, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s home, James J. Hill’s house, and more. We will travel, as pilgrims, along this road from the seminary to the Cathedral, journeying together towards God’s merciful love.
We will arrive at the Cathedral of Saint Paul where we will have a guided tour and Mass before the highlight of our trip when we will process straight from Mass, saying special prayers provided by the Cathedral as we walk through the Holy Doors and receive the plenary indulgence. During the day, there will also be an opportunity for confession, prayer, reflection, and more.
After we have visited the Cathedral, we hope to stop at a nearby restaurant in downtown Saint Paul to have a nice meal to finish the day to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the Year of Mercy together before arriving home in the evening. [UPDATE: We will no longer have a meal in downtown Saint Paul. We will leave from the Cathedral at 4:00. While it’s not part of the fee or official pilgrimage, all pilgrims will be invited to Madigan’s in Maple Lake for dinner.]
We will have more information for you in the near future. For now, please reserve the date in your calendars and prepare to reserve your spot on the pilgrimage. It should be a prayerful, reflective, good, wonderful, fun6 time for all. We’ll see you on Wednesday, July 13th.