From the beginning of the Anniversary Year July 15, 2015, until its end on July 14, 2016, an opportunity is given for the faithful to receive a Plenary Indulgence, decreed by Pope Francis and with the pastoral intention of Bishop Kevin J. Farrell.
Throughout the Diocese of Dallas, Catholics should follow the guidelines, below, in order to obtain remission from all temporal punishment due to sin.
Temporal punishment can be thought of as a type of “penalty” that remains even after sacramental confession. Some type of restorative, purifying “process” can take place either in this life or in purgatory. Because the baptized are members of the Communion of Saints, some or all of the temporal punishment for sin is removed by the Plenary Indulgence, and any remaining restoration/reparation happens when we exchange holiness with one another. A Plenary Indulgence, when the conditions are met, is a way of recognizing that all of what we have and do comes from Christ.
Although some may need to deal with the personal guilt that occasionally lingers after forgiveness, we can see the work of God’s grace as we pray and do good works to become better Christians. Also, it is possible to obtain a Plenary Indulgence for oneself or for one who is already deceased, so that the deceased person’s “time” in Purgatory can be reduced.
The source of a Plenary Indulgence is Christ himself, and the Church which has a treasury of spiritual goods that is unending and inexhaustible.
A Catholic should first:
And in addition (select one)
During the 125th Anniversary Year of the Diocese of Dallas, Bishop Farrell will designate additional days that Catholics in the diocese, after attending a solemn celebration of the Eucharist or Liturgy of the Hours in a sacred place, may receive a Plenary Indulgence. These opportunities will be announced through the pastor, the diocesan website or newspaper, or be made known at diocesan celebrations at the Cathedral or in a sacred place indicated by Bishop Farrell.