Catholics who will visit the Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Calamba City will gain plenary indulgence starting December 1, 2020, until June 2, 2022.
This comes after a decree from the Apostolic Penitentiary was publicly read on October 31 in a Thanksgiving Mass presided over by Bishop Buenaventura Famadico of San Pablo. (Read: Vatican Extends Plenary Indulgence to Whole Month of November)
A plenary indulgence is a total remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven. The conditions for receiving this include going to confession, receiving the Eucharist, and offering prayers for the intentions of the Pope.
The decree is in time for the celebration of the parish’s Silver Jubilee on May 13, 2021. In preparation, Bishop Famadico has requested the Vatican dicastery to grant the plenary indulgence to those who will participate in the monthly First Saturday Masses and devotion in the parish for the Silver Jubilee and in the actual jubilee year. (Read: Marian Image in Tarlac Gets Pope Approval for Canonical Coronation)
Pope Francis has also given Bishop Famadico the faculty to impart the papal blessing along with the plenary indulgence to those who will participate in a chosen event during the Silver Jubilee next year.
Moreover, to allow parishioners and other pilgrims to truly benefit from the spiritual gift granted by the pope to the parish, a year-long plan for the jubilee is also underway.
First Saturday Activities
Fr. David Reyes, Jr., the parish priest of Our Lady of Fatima, invites the faithful to participate in the first Saturday activities from December 2020 until May 2021. A pilgrim’s card will be issued and sealed for those who will participate, and those who will complete the first five Saturdays will receive a certificate of completion. (Read: Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes)
The first Saturday activities include Confession (6:00 AM and 11:00 AM), praying the Holy Rosary (6:30 AM and 11:30 AM), and Mass in honor of Our Lady of Fatima (7:00 AM and 12:00 NN). For the latest updates, you can follow the Our Lady of Fatima parish on Facebook.