The Holy Door of Mercy will be opened at St. Andrew’s Cathedral on December 13, 2015, at the 11 AM Mass, and will be formally closed on Sunday, November 13, 2016, according to the instructions and rituals proposed by the Holy Father. This Holy Door of Mercy will represent a threshold of new life for the People of God. All those who enter through this Holy Door of Mercy, whether as a group or individually, will receive abundant grace and an opportunity for a fresh encounter with Christ. The Jubilee year provides for the faithful—living and deceased—a plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions:
- Confession within 8 days
- Celebration of Holy Eucharist with reception of Holy Communion
- Praying the Creed and the Lord’s Prayer
- Prayer for the Holy Father and his intentions, for the good of the Church and the entire world
- Praying the Jubilee of Mercy Prayer
- Invoking the Divine Mercy, “Jesus, I trust in You”
All those who are homebound and infirm may participate fully and receive the graces of the pilgrimage and Holy Door of Mercy by participating in the prayers—even through means of television and computer links. All prison chapels are also designated pilgrim sites for those incarcerated. Parish groups are invited to accompany their pastors on a parish pilgrimage to St. Andrew’s Cathedral. Opportunities for a celebration of a Liturgy of Mercy and the Sacrament of Reconciliation can be provided. Kindly notify the parish staff at the Cathedral in advance so that a date and time can be identified and adequate materials may be provided for the celebrations. If groups are planning a pilgrimage without their pastor, then it is especially important that the Cathedral staff be notified well in advance so that suitable arrangements can be made.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist are the greatest treasures and gifts Christ has given to us poor pilgrims on the journey. The Sacrament of Anointing should be celebrated frequently for the infirm of mind, body and spirit throughout the Diocese. It would be appropriate during this Holy Year to celebrate this Sacrament communally, especially on February 11, 2016, the World Day of Prayer for the Sick. Let us pray often, in solidarity, the Prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee, which you will find here.
May we embark together on this Jubilee Year of Mercy in solidarity with our Holy Father to promote and offer an experience of mercy to all those we encounter.
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