Year of Mercy at the Cathedral

Pope Francis declared the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Dec 8, 2015 – Nov 20, 2016.
During this Extraordinary Jubilee—only the 4th in Church history!—God will send a flood of grace and mercy upon us. What are you doing to take advantage of this incredible time?

St. John BerchIMG_7394mans Cathedral celebrated the Opening of the Holy Door
on Sunday, December 13, 2015, with Bishop Duca, at the 5:30pm Mass. A very nice gathering followed in the new Parish Hall.

The Closing of the Holy Door will take place Sun, Nov 20, 11:00am Mass.

Opportunities for Confession  as we near the end of the Holy Year (Confessions Nov 2016 flyer):
* Saturday afternoons, 2:45-3:45pm (Nov. 5, 12 and 19)
* Sunday mornings, 9:15-10:45am (Nov. 6, 13 and 20)
* Sunday afternoons, 4:30-5:15pm (Nov. 6 and 13)
* Mondays & Wednesdays: St. Michael’s Chapel 11:15-noon.  (Nov. 7, 9, 14 and 16)  Stay for our daily 12:05 Mass.
* Wednesday mornings: St. Michael’s Chapel 7:30-8:15am  (Nov. 9 and 16).  Stay for our school’s 8:15am Mass.
* Last Monday of the Holy Year: 5:30pm (Nov. 14)  Penance Service with multiple confessors

Ways to Celebrate the Year of Mercy:
ENTER THE HOLY DOOR / OBTAIN INDULGENCE –
Normally, pilgrims pass through the Holy Door at St. Peter’s and other designated Roman basilicas to receive indulgence. But for the first time ever, Pope Francis has invited dioceses and shrines worldwide to “open their Holy Doors” so that pilgrims everywhere may be forgiven their sins. Steps to gain the Jubilee Indulgence: while in a state of grace, pass through a Holy Door, receive the sacraments of Confession and Holy Eucharist, make a profession of faith, and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father.

CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY & SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY – practice the Works of Mercy on your own or in group, by participating in Outreach Ministries in our parish and local community and donating to the quarterly collections for the needy – live out the Corporal Works of Mercy daily!

MERCY WITH POPE FRANCIS – throughout the year, Pope Francis will do “Jubilee signs of mercy”; consider ways to practice these signs of mercy and invite family members, friends and your small groups to join you!

MOMENTS OF MERCY – click here for short monthly suggestions for making merciful acts a part of your every day (coming in December).

MEDITATIONS ON MERCY – click here for monthly scriptural reflections – reflect more deeply on God’s call to mercy and consider ways to show mercy on your own, with your family and friends or with small groups.

VIDEOS on GOD’S MERCY:

The Ends of the Earth Have Seen His Mercy, a documentary on the Sacrament of Penance, to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Experts on the subject lead the audience on a journey through the Old and New Testaments and the tradition of the Church, conveying the unfathomable mystery of God’s mercy. – Trailer       Full Version

Ocean of Mercy, FANTASTIC documentary on the interweaving of the lives of Sts. Maximilian Kolbe, Faustina Kowalska and Bl. John Paul the Great!

Year of Mercy –  pamphlet
– 2016 Jubilee Year of Mercy Holy Door handout
– Ending the Holy Year of Mercy – Confessions, Nov 2016
– Read more from the USCCB!
– Official YoM Website
– Diocesan Website – YoM resources

Video explaining the Holy Door

Pope Francis’ prayer for the Year of Mercy
Lord Jesus Christ,
You have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him. Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money; the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things; made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman: “If you knew the gift of God!”
You are the visible face of the invisible Father, of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy: let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error: let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing, so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord, and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy, you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.
Amen.

Pope Francis stated, “I am convinced that the whole Church can find in this Jubilee the joy to rediscover and make fruitful the mercy of God, with which we are all called to give consolation to each man and each woman of our time.   We entrust it to the Mother of Mercy, so that She may turn towards us Her gaze and watch over our path.”  The Jubilee Year of Mercy takes place on the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council in 1965. “This is of great significance, for it impels the Church to continue the work begun at Vatican II,” a communique from the Holy See stated.

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