CNA Staff, Apr 19, 2021 / 18:25 pm
The bishop of Allentown, Pennsylvania has proclaimed a jubilee year to promote a greater dedication to the Holy Eucharist.
Bishop Alfred Schlert of Allentown declared a “Year of the Real Presence,” which began on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 11, and will end on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, June 19, 2022.
The jubilee also aligns with the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the diocese, which occurred on January 28.
During the jubilee year, Catholics in the diocese can obtain a partial indulgence by taking part in any of the jubilee events, especially the opening Mass for Divine Mercy Sunday and the closing Eucharistic Procession and Benediction.
An indulgence is the remission of the temporal punishment due to sins which have already been forgiven. It may be applied to oneself or to a soul in Purgatory.
Schlert’s decree clarified that those who are sick, elderly, or unable to leave their homes may still obtain the indulgence if they spiritually unite themselves to the event taking place and offer their prayers and sufferings to God.
A 2019 Pew Research study found that just 31% of U.S. Catholics believe that the bread and wine used in the Eucharist, through a process called transubstantiation, become the Body and Blood of Jesus— a fundamental teaching central to the Catholic faith, known as the Real Presence.
The survey’s release prompted calls for better catechesis and formation for Catholics in the country.