Oct. 7 - Archbishop Vigneron to celebrate landmark Mass for Pardon 7 p.m. Friday at Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Oct 6, 2016

DETROIT — Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron will celebrate the Archdiocese of Detroit’s first-ever Mass for Pardon at 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7, at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The Mass for Pardon is a penitential act, asking for God’s forgiveness for the sins of the Catholic community as a whole over the generations. Such sins include institutional racism, clergy sex abuse and neglect toward helping the poor and spreading the Gospel.

“This is an act before God to ask Him to forgive us, admitting that we have not lived up to the mission He has asked us to fulfill and asking His pardon so we can take up our mission anew,” said Archbishop Vigneron. “To believe in the Gospel always involves an act of repentance.  No one of us can ever completely make right what we set wrong by our sin. We have to be saved — we can’t save ourselves.”

Last month, Archbishop Vigneron wrote a letter to Catholics which was circulated at churches throughout the six-county archdiocese, inviting churchgoers to attend the Mass for Pardon or to join with him spiritually in some other act of contrition for the past sins of the Church. On Wednesday night, Oct. 5, he recorded this Facebook Live session, answering questions about the Mass.

The Archdiocese of Detroit’s Mass for Pardon is modeled after a public expression of repentance by St. John Paul II who, as pope, asked God’s forgiveness for the past sins of the worldwide Church during the Jubilee 2000, ushering in the new millennium. In 2016, the Catholic Church throughout the world is observing the Jubilee Year of Mercy, declared by Pope Francis. The Mass for Pardon also comes six weeks before the Archdiocese of Detroit begins its historic Synod 2016, a gathering of clergy, religious and laypeople to help advise the archbishop in charting a new course of action to spread the Gospel in southeast Michigan.

WHAT: Archdiocese of Detroit’s first-ever Mass for Pardon.
WHO: Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron will be joined by more than 50 priests in celebrating the Mass. Catholics from throughout southeast Michigan have been invited.
WHEN: 7 p.m., Friday, October 7
WHERE: Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 9844 Woodward Avenue in Detroit
CONTACT: Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, (313) 865-6300
ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Reporters, photographers and videographers are welcome. No artificial lighting for flash photography is allowed. We thank you for respecting the dignity of the Mass, taking care not to impede processions and heeding instructions from Cathedral and Archdiocesan personnel.

Visit www.aod.org/massforpardon. For questions or help with coverage, call the Communications Department at (313) 237-5943.