Jubilee Year of Mercy

Date: 
Sun, 2015-12-13 (All day) - Sun, 2016-11-20 (All day)

The Jubilee of Mercy was announced by Pope Francis as a year to be lived intensely in each local Church throughout the world, allowing every person to encounter the mercy of God. A concrete sign of this pastoral care is the chance to open a Door of Mercy in every Diocese. These doors, like the Holy Doors of the Papal Basilicas in Rome, will allow people who cannot travel to Rome to make a Jubilee pilgrimage. The following churches in the Toronto area will have a Holy Door of Mercy this year: St Paul’s Basilica (Power St), St Patrick’s Parish (McCaul St); Merciful Redeemer Parish (Mississauga), St Anthony of Padua (Bramalea), St Patrick’s Parish (Brampton), St Theresa’s Parish (Scarborough) and the Martyrs’ Shrine (Midland). All locally designated Churches will open their doors of Mercy in communion with the Church of Rome as part of the Eucharistic celebration of the 3rd Sunday of Advent – Gaudete Sunday. To obtain the Jubilee Indulgence, in addition to passing through one of these Holy Doors, a pilgrim must receive the Sacrament of Penance, receive Holy Communion while reflecting on God’s great gift of Mercy, make a profession of faith (either the Apostles’ Creed or the Nicene Creed), and pray for the Holy Father and for his intentions (an Our Father and a Hail Mary are recommended). 


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