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IUSB Newman Catholic Student Association to Receive the Diocesan Jubilee Pilgrim Cross

Posted by iusbvision on February 18, 2007

The Diocese of Ft. Wayne/South Bend is celebrating its Sesquicentennial Jubilee Year! Yes, 150 years of Catholic presence in Northern Indiana.  (Indiana celebrated its statehood in 1816!)  The Diocesan boundaries stretch east from South Bend to Fort Wayne and includes cities on its southern borders like Huntington, Plymouth, Bremen, Walkerton and Culver.

The Jubilee Cross has been traveling from parish to parish throughout the diocese and has made stops at high schools, colleges and universities as well. There are over 80 parishes in the Diocese.  The cross is 9 feet tall and is made of plain wood.

The cross is a reminder of the great love Jesus has for all of us…that he emptied himself, gave himself completely so that we could have life in abundance. Let us pray for a strengthening of acceptance and love among our faith communities and that bonds within the entire diocese be further strengthened through Christ’s love poured out for us on the Cross. May His steadfast love endure forever in our hearts.

IUSB will receive the Cross on Wed, Feb 28, please join us for an ecumenical prayer service at 11 a.m. at the Peace Pole near the library–snow, rain or shine! After the short service, the cross will travel to Wiekamp and rest there during the 12 noon mass. A Pizza luncheon will follow for all those who attend. 

The purpose of the Jubilee Year dates back to the Old Testament; lands were returned to original owners, debts were pardoned, and slaves were freed. (Lev. 25:8-54)

In the New Testament, Jesus presents himself as the One who brings the old Jubilee to completion because He has come “to bring good news to the poor, to heal the broken-hearted, to announce release to captives and freedom to those in prison.”

In the year 2000, Pope John Paul II announced the Jubilee as the ‘Year of the Lord’s favor’, a year of remission of sins and of the punishment due to them…a year of reconciliation between disputing parties and a year of conversions and sacramental penance. In 2007, Bishop D’Arcy encourages us to challenge the “status quo” in each of us; to acknowledge the need to forgive and to be forgiven. Our personal sins are reflected or amplified on the corporate level causing, violence, poverty, injustice and discrimination. All of us are called to reconciliation.

A Jubilee is a year of reconciliation with ourselves, our God, our families and loved ones, our friends, colleagues and those who are not yet our friends. It is a year of Jesus Christ, who came to bring life and grace to all of humanity. The Jubilee Year will culminate at the University of Notre Dame on August 18, 2007, where a Eucharistic Congress will be held. 

Please join us on Wed, Feb 28, at the Peace Pole and at Holy Mass!  All are welcome!

Maria Pirrie

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