In April 2015, Pope Francis announced an extraordinary Jubilee that is to have the mercy of God at its center. “It shall be a Holy Year of Mercy,” Pope Francis said. “We want to live this Year in the light of the Lord’s words: ‘Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (cf. Lk 6:36)’
This Holy Year will begin on this coming Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will end on November 20, 2016, the Sunday dedicated to Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – and living face of the Father’s mercy.
“Extraordinary” jubilee is a title which highlights that this year is beyond the normal calendar of jubilees held every 25 years.
Popes typically announce a jubilee every 25 years, although extraordinary Holy Years have been proclaimed for special anniversaries. The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy includes the possibility of obtaining a plenary indulgence through performing works of corporal and spiritual works of mercy (feeding the hungry and visiting the sick, counseling the doubtful and comforting the afflicted), with a passing through a Holy Door, as well as the usual means and conditions for obtaining an indulgence.
Pope Francis has asked that in every diocese throughout the world a special door of mercy be designated and opened Dec.13, in the diocesan cathedral.
The main door on the west side of St. Cecilia Cathedral has been designated as the Holy Door. It was sealed and decorated with flowers Nov. 8. Archbishop George J. Lucas will open the Holy Door and lead the first celebration with a 7:30 p.m. vespers service on Dec. 13.
“The Holy Door at the cathedral is to become a site of pilgrimage and to stand as an invitation to Catholics to enter into the observance of the jubilee and to receive a blessing of God’s mercy,” Archbishop Lucas said. “While it may seem like the most ordinary action, passing through the holy door can be a powerful symbol of the gift of divine mercy. The invitation to receive the mercy of God is an invitation to take a step in a good direction. No matter how we may have delayed or wandered on our journey of faith, the Father is providing a way forward for us, in Jesus Christ. Through the door of God’s mercy, we find healing and life, beyond anything we can construct for ourselves.”
The whole Church will find in this Jubilee the joy needed to rediscover and make fruitful the mercy of God, with which all of us are called to give consolation to every man and woman of our time.
There will be several international and local jubilee events throughout the year. A listing of these events can be found on this website.
- Information on the Year of Mercy
- A Reconciliation Service for Several Penitents with Individual Confession and Absolution
- Sample Penances
- Music Suggestions
- Frequently-asked Questions and their answers
- A Liturgical Calendar for the Seasons
- The Lectionary for Mass –Year C
- Preparation Sheets for the Triduum
- Information about associate membership