Pilgrim Churches for the Year of Mercy
Monday, 14 December 2015 00:00

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FOR RELEASE Immediate DATE SENT December 14, 2015
SUBJECT         Pilgrim Churches for the Year of Mercy
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Bishop George V. Murry, S.J., has designated the following churches in Diocese of Youngstown as Pilgrim Churches for the Year of Mercy.

Mahoning County:

Saint Columba Cathedral – Youngstown

Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel – Youngstown

Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Lebanon – North Jackson

Trumbull County:

Saint Mary Church – Warren

Ashtabula County:

Saint Joseph Calasanctius Church – Jefferson

Columbiana County:

Saint Paul Church – Salem

Portage County:

Saint Peter of the Fields Church – Rootstown

Stark County:

Little Flower Church – Middlebranch

Basilica of Saint John the Baptist – Canton

In designating these as Pilgrim Churches for the Year of Mercy, a person making a visit to any of these sites for prayer and meditation can gain a plenary indulgence. Those desiring to make a pilgrimage to any of the churches are advised to call the parish to check on times the Churches are open for visitation.

The doctrine and practice of indulgences in the Church is closely linked to the effects of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance) which is a central theme of the Year of Mercy. Pope Francis is encouraging all Catholics to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation as part of the Year of Mercy.

In addition to visiting the designated Pilgrim Churches, a person can gain an indulgence by participating in a variety of practices among them being: prayerfully reading sacred Scripture for at least 30 minutes; praying five decades of the Rosary; praying the Stations of the Cross in church; praying before the Blessed Sacrament for at least 30 minutes and by engaging in other works of devotion, charity and penance.