Submitted by the Office of Communications

Most Rev. Robert J. Cunningham, Bishop of Syracuse will celebrate a special Mass of Forgiveness on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Vestal.

Bishop Cunningham asked every parish in the seven-county diocese to celebrate a Mass of Forgiveness the weekend of September 15 and 16. The Catholic Church recognizes the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows (Mary) on September 15. Faithful believe that Mary is a source of consolation to all who suffer.

“I am inviting people to join me in any of our parishes for a Mass of Forgiveness during which we will pray for all of those harmed by the sexual abuse at the hands of our clergy. I will be praying and fasting for my own sins. As suggested by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, we Catholics pray and fast ‘to open our eyes and our hearts to other people’s sufferings and to overcome the thirst from power and possessions that are so often roots of evil. May fasting and prayer open our ears to the hushed pain felt by children, young people, and disabled,’” said Bishop Cunningham.

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