July 19, 2023

            The entire DICES community will celebrate the 3rd World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly on July 23, 2023.  On this day, the feast of Saints Joachim and Ann, the parents of our Blessed Virgin Mary and the grandparents of Jesus Christ will be commemorated.

           Each of the Guro and Batang DICES can show his/her solidarity with the Holy Father in celebrating this momentous event by going to a Sacrament of Reconciliation, praying the 6 PM Rosary via Batang DICES Facebook with the prayer intention for Grandparents and Elderly, posting a picture with Grandparents on social media using the given hashtag (#ElderlyAndGrandparents and #BatangDICESWorldGrandparentsDay2023), and by providing love, care, and support to the elderly.

           As one wholeheartedly takes part in this celebration, the Apostolic Penitentiary announces that Pope Francis has granted a Plenary Indulgence for all the faithfuls. This indulgence offers remission of the temporal punishment due to sins that are already forgiven, which can be applied to oneself or to the souls in Purgatory. This will also be granted to grandparents, the elderly, and all faithfuls who will participate in the solemn celebration presided over by the Pope in St. Peter’s Basilica, as well as to all those who will attend Mas in various parts of the world. It is also a subject to the usual conditions of Sacramental Confession, reception of the Eucharist, and prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father.