Rev Sean Mulligan. Image source

As a Deacon of the Catholic Church, it is possible for the priest-to-be to request a Plenary Indulgence for those who attend his “First Masses” after Ordination. The first several Masses that he celebrates – in his home church, in the parish where he did seminarian work etc, are all stylized as “first Masses”, though there may be many in the first few weeks of Priestly Ministry. Rev Sean Mulligan applied (in Italian) to the Apostolic Penitentiary in Rome for permission to offer a Plenary Indulgence for those who assist at his first Masses, and he was granted a decree (written in Latin) granting the indulgence.

What a wonderful grace it was for Sean to announce at his first Mass in Knockatallon on Monday 2nd July 2018 that a plenary indulgence is available under the usual conditions to those who attend – and assisting to help the people complete the conditions by facilitating the Sacrament of Confession at his Mass too. To gain an indulgence, one must gain it on the usual conditions which is to go to Confession either 8 days before or 8 days after gaining the indulgence, receive Holy Communion and pray one Our Father, One Hail Mary and one Glory Be for the intentions of the Pope.



The Beautiful Hands of a Priest

We need them in life’s early morning,
we need them again at its close;
We feel their warm clasp of friendship,
we seek them when tasting life’s woes.
At the altar each day we behold them,
and the hands of a king on his throne
Are not equal to them in their
greatness; their dignity stands all alone;
And when we are tempted and wander
to pathways of shame and sin,
It’s the hand of a priest that will absolve
us—-not once, but again and again;
And when we are taking life’s partner,
other hands may prepare us a feast,
But the hand that will bless and unite
us is the beautiful hand of a priest.
God bless them and keep them all holy
For the Host which their fingers caress;
When can a poor sinner do better than
to ask Him to guide thee and bless?
When the hour of death comes upon us
may our courage and strength be increased.
By seeing raised over us in anointing the
beautiful hands of a priest!   -Author Unknown