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Door of Mercy
YEAR OF MERCY
December 8, 2015 –November 20, 2016
Pope Francis opened the Holy Doors of St. Peter’s Basilica on
Tuesday December 8, 2015 performing a ritual that has been part of the Catholic Church since the 1500s.
Holy Doors are only opened during a special year designated by a pope called a Jubilee Year. This year will be a Jubilee of Mercy. The last Jubilee Year was in 2000.
A Jubilee year is a special year called by the Catholic church to receive blessing and pardon from God and remission of sins.
“Salvation is offered to every human, to every people, without exception, to each of us,” Pope Francis said during the ceremony, “None of us can say, ‘I am holy, I am perfect, I am already saved.’ ”
Holy Doors symbolically represent Jesus, who said, “I am the door.” (John 10:7).
What happens when Catholics walk through Holy Doors, the Door of Mercy?
Walking through the Door of Mercy means that you receive an indulgence, which is a lessening of the consequences attached to sin.
According to the Catholic Church, when you sin, you must go to confession and you are forgiven. But forgiveness only applies to the guilt of your sin; there may still be consequences of your sin that you may have to pay for in this life or after you die. An indulgence is a way to lessen that penalty.
To receive a full indulgence (called a plenary indulgence), you must:
1. Walk through the Holy Doors.
2. Go to confession.
3. Receive communion.
4. Pray for the intentions of the pope.
The St. Francis Xavier Mission/Shrine of St. Kateri Tekakwitha has been designated as a Door of Mercy starting December 13th, 2015.
- All pilgrims enter the Mission and the Door of Mercy, represented by a poster at the entrance of the Mission.
- As we do not have a resident priest, pilgrims are asked to contact their local priests in their local parishes to receive the Sacrament of Confession. This can be done either before or after their pilgrimage to the Door of Mercy at the Mission.
The Sacrament of Confession is held at the Mission from 4:00pm- 4:45pm before Mass on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
- Mass is celebrated at the Mission on Tuesdays at 5pm, Wednesdays at 5pm and on Sunday at 10:45am.
- Pray for the intentions of the pope
- Perform a work of mercy and offer prayers for those less fortunate.
Any pilgrim who enters the Doors of the Mission/Shrine of Kateri Tekakwitha during this year and experience Jesus’ infinite love in the sacrament of Confession and in celebration of the Holy Mass, or in doing a work of mercy, will “walk out” of the Sanctuary having received the Jubilee Indulgence as declared by the Holy Father Pope Francis.