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24 HOURS FOR THE LORD

Feb. 24, 2016

Pope Francis has asked dioceses all over the world to be part of the initiative ‘24 hours for the Lord’ to be held on Friday, 4th March and Saturday, 5th March 2016.  During these 24 hours arrangements will be made so that priests will be available for confession at specified times and the faithful can experience the mercy of God.  It is also appropriate that the faithful spend time in prayer together, including exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and adoration, on this occasion.

In the document, “Misericordiae Vultus,” Pope Francis writes, “So many people, including young people, are returning to the Sacrament of Reconciliation; through this experience they are rediscovering a path back to the Lord, living a moment of intense prayer and finding meaning in their lives. Let us place the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the centre once more in such a way that it will enable people to touch the grandeur of God’s mercy with their own hands. For every penitent, it will be a source of true interior peace” (n. 17).

 In the Archdiocese of Bombay the faithful may participate in the initiative of ‘24 hours for the Lord’ from Friday, 4th March to Saturday, 5th March at the following Churches. 

Church Prayer Timings Confession Timings
Cathedral of the Holy Name, Fort Fri 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sat 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Fri & Sat 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.
Fri & Sat 5:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Fri 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Our Lady of Glory Church, Byculla Fri 7:30 p.m. to Sat 8:00 p.m. Fri 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sat 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sacred Heart Church, Worli Fri 5:00 p.m. to Sat 5:00 p.m. On request
Mount Carmel Church, Bandra Fri 8:00 a.m. to Sat 6:00 a.m. Fri 8:00 a.m. to Sat 5:30 a.m.
St Anthony Church, Vakola Fri 7:30 p.m. to Sat 7:00 p.m. On request
St John the Evangelist Church, Marol Fri 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sat 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Fri 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sat 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Good Shepherd Church, Andheri (W) Fri 8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Sat 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Fri 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Sat 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Orlem Fri 5:00 p.m. to Sat 5:00 p.m. Fri 9:00 p.m. – midnight
Sat 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Our Lady of Fatima Church, Kirol Fri 7:30 p.m. to Sat 7:30 p.m. Fri 7:30 p.m. to Sat 7:00 p.m.
St John the Baptist Church, Thane Fri 6:45 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Fri 7:15 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Our Lady of Vailankanni Shrine, Bhate Bunder Fri evening to Sat evening On request
St Francis De Sales Church,Koparkhairne Fri 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Fri 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sacred Heart Church,Vashi Sat 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sat 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
     

At St Joseph Church, Mira Road, Eucharistic Adoration will be conducted on Monday, 21st March from 6:00 a.m. to Tuesday, 22nd March 7:00 a.m. Priests will be available for Confession.At the Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount, Bandra, a priest will be available for Confessions before Mass, and at other times on request. Some parishes will also be conducting the ‘24 hours for the Lord’ in their own Church.

 May this event, and the entire Jubilee Year of Mercy, be for us an occasion to enter more deeply into the Father’s compassion made manifest in Jesus, and may we in turn become Spirit-filled messengers of mercy.

February 23, 2016                                                                                                     
+John Rodrigues



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