US Bishops announce national prayer for Good Friday
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) calls for a national moment of prayer on Good Friday, inviting Catholics to join together in praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
By Vatican News
Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, the President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has invited the faithful to join him in a moment of prayer on Good Friday (April 10) to pray the Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. "Praying together as a nation, the archbishop asks that we seek healing for all who are unwell, wisdom for those whose work is halting the spread of coronavirus, and strength for all God’s children", according to a media advisory from the USCCB.
"Good Friday is a day when Christians around the world solemnly commemorate the day when Jesus suffered and died on the cross", the statement notes. "Catholics traditionally mark the day with fasting, penance, and reflection on Jesus’ loving sacrifice. This opportunity to pray together during the coronavirus pandemic offers a special moment of unity for the faithful during a time when communities throughout the United States and worldwide are physically unable to congregate for Holy Week and Easter because of COVID-19".
Plenary indulgence granted
The USCCB has also announced that, with the special permission of the Apostolic Penitentiary of the Holy See, a plenary indulgence is available "for all those who join Archbishop Gomez in praying the Litany of the Sacred Heart on Good Friday".
A livestream of the Litany of the Sacred Heart with Archbishop Gomez will be available on the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ website: www.lacatholics.org . . . and on the USCCB Facebook page: www.facebook.com/usccb.
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Worthy State Deputy,
Somerville Council 1432 has already performed something similar to what you recommended in your recent email. Grand Knight Bob Skorny sent out an email asking for support to feed the doctors and nurses at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Somerset. The Council hall is closed, but he asked us to place donations in the mail slot. Grand Knight Bob worked with Brother Roman Hnidj, PGK, PFN of Council 6930, who owns Annie's Deli in Bridgewater/Pluckemin and whose business has recently been slow, to put together some platters. A win-win: the doctors and nurses are fed (they are tired of eating pizza everyday) and Roman receives some well-needed business.
Grand Knight Bob was hoping to raise $500, but in two days, Knights had donated $2,600. There was even a donation from a member of another council that heard of what Grand Knight Bob was doing. $500 dollars of food will be delivered tomorrow, with future food drops planned for first responders and ER personnel.
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