FAITH: Diocese To Celebrate Year of Mercy

The Door of Mercy at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria

With the opening of the Door of Mercy we remember:– The mystery of God, rich in mercy and compassion (Eph 2:4 and Jas 5:11), manifested and brought about in Christ, the Father’s face of mercy (MV, 1), continually at work through the gift of the Holy Spirit (Jn 20:22-23);
– the recognition of Christ as the sole door through which we enter salvation (cf. Jn 10:9) and the one way that leads to the Father (Jn 14:6);
– the Church’s ongoing pilgrimage toward “Jesus Christ (who) is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb 13:8).

The ritual opening of the Holy Door of Mercy in the Basilica of St. Peter will occur on December 8 on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. This will mark the official start of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Pope Francis is asking that in every diocese and in churches and shrines designated by the diocesan bishop, there will also be a celebration of the rite of opening of the Holy Door in unity with the Universal Church so all can participate and obtain the indulgences promised in this Jubilee Year.

The Diocese of St. Catharines will celebrate the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy and the opening of the Door of Mercy with Mass at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria on Sunday December 8 at 7pm.

(Source: Diocese of St. Catharines website)

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