Some dioceses and parishes are making something of this special 367-day observance, which begins tonight in Catholic parishes celebrating the vigil of the feast of Saints Peter and Paul. The occasion is the 2,000th year since the apostle’s presumptive birth. Very few saints are recognized by birth, at least in the Roman martyrology.
Is the Year of Paul on your community’s radar?
If so, what are you doing?
If not, what would you do?
In my parishes:
> The homilists will attempt to focus on the readings from Paul; I am trying each week, although it won’t happen that way in practice.
> I have a weekly Bible study that will soon begin the Acts, then move to a letter of St. Paul to be named later (probably Romans, I haven’t decided for sure).
> I am sure the archbishop has sent out information about this, I’m sorry to say I can’t recall, but we’ll hear about it at some point.
I intend to figure out how folks can take advantage of the indulgence, it seems as though one can have an occasion in every parish, I’m not certain.
Here’s some suggestions:
My diocese is pushing the plenary indulgence available this year, which is interesting since the previous diocesan administration, which has since moved to the Archdiocese of Washington, never so much as mentioned any indulgence as far as I know, not even for the Jubilee.
Another interesting point is that the bishop is linking devotion to St. Paul to Eucharistic Adoration. He is providing opportunities for obtaining the indulgence at every parish during Eucharistic Adoration, which is mandating to be held at several times in every parish throughout the coiming year. He is also linking the devotion to prayers for vocations. I’ll be interested to see how all this plays out in the coming year, particularly in my own parish.
An overview is given at the diocesan website: http://www.diopitt.org/news_062008.php.
I have seen no mention yet of the option to celebrate the Conversion of Paul on a Sunday.
Jen Ambrose has a great post on the Anno Paulino at her blog. The money quote: “Did your parish kick-off the Pauline Year with confetti cannons, too? Yeah, I didn’t think so.”
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