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Mass for Pardon
October 7, 2016 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Archbishop Allen Vigneron will lead the Archdiocese of Detroit in a Mass for Pardon at 7 p.m. on Friday, October 7, 2016, at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit. A significant event in the life of the Archdiocese, the Mass for Pardon is an occasion for the Archbishop to represent the entire Church of Detroit, coming before God and repenting of all the sins that have been committed, and in many cases were part of the culture of the Archdiocese, over many decades.
Several dioceses have held similar penitential acts. The Archdiocese of Detroit has modeled its Mass for Pardon after the “Day of Forgiveness” led by the now-Saint Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in the Jubilee Year 2000. Though the Archdiocese of Detroit’s Mass for Pardon is an act of repentance before God, it also is a public event to which members of the Catholic faithful are invited. Importantly, this act occurs during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, instituted by Pope Francis. It also is a significant step in preparation for the historic occasion of Synod ’16, which is a gathering of Catholics to take place Nov. 18-20, which will have a significant impact on how the Catholic Church in Detroit represents Jesus Christ in society.