Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy
December 8, 2015 – November 20, 2016
Be Merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
Pope Francis has proclaimed this an Extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy. “Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought of how the Church may render more clear her mission to be a witness to mercy; and we have to make this journey. It is a journey which begins with spiritual conversion. Therefore, I have decided to announce an Extraordinary Jubilee which has at its centre the mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live in the light of the word of the Lord: “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (cf. Lk 6:36). And this especially applies to confessors! So much mercy!” (Read this announcement in full at this link.)
Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s Mercy. Pope Francis chose the date of December 8 to begin this Holy Year, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Mary said “YES” and became the Mother of Mercy. The moment of Jesus’ conception brought forth a fount of mercy that would set captives free. Let us join in this Holy Year of Mercy and be merciful unto one another as the Father is merciful unto us through His son Jesus Christ.
Be sure to visit the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville during this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy and walk through the Holy Doors. More information can be found here.
Below are some links to help us during this Jubilee Year to be the voice of mercy and to demonstrate it through our words and actions.
- Misericordiae Vultus, Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
- Jubilee of Mercy Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization
- Year of Mercy Handout, in English, from the USCCB, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- Year of Mercy Handout, in Espanol, from the USCCB, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- How to Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, English version, a prayer for mercy – to receive mercy and to be merciful.
- How to Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, in Espanol.
- What is the Divine Mercy Chaplet and how to pray it.
- The Corporal Works of Mercy
- The Spiritual Works of Mercy
- Mercy in Motion with the USCCB, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops