Masses of ‘healing, reconciliation and hope’ offered in archdiocese

| September 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Olive Branch border design. Growing OlivesWe all need healing in our lives, especially when we’ve been hurt by the Church or we’re struggling with issues that challenge our faith. To help in healing, Archbishop John Nienstedt is inviting people in the archdiocese to come together as a community of faith to pray for healing, reconciliation and hope.

“Whether due to the wounds inflicted by a shepherd of the Church, or the loss of a loved one, or the violation of human dignity through domestic abuse or abortion, we all stand in need of the healing power of Christ,” Archbishop Nienstedt said. “During these difficult days of confusion, anger and pain within our local Church, it is especially important to turn to God for help.”

The first such Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22, at St. Patrick in Inver Grove Heights.

All are welcome.

Several parishes in the archdiocese have offered healing Masses and prayer services for years.

Other dioceses around the country have held similar Masses.

Information about Catholic and local resources for healing will be available after the Masses, including post-abortion resources, information about obtaining an annulment, and a message to those who have been abused by a member of the clergy or other person representing the Church.

Ordained and lay professionals will be present to talk and pray with participants following Mass. The sacrament of reconciliation will also be offered.

The Mass will be the first opportunity of many within the coming months to join others in praying for healing, reconciliation and hope.

Upcoming dates will be included in future editions of The Catholic Spirit, posted on the archdiocesan website and on SafeCatholicSPM.org, and shared through parish bulletins.

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