CATHEDRAL OF SS PATRICK AND FELIM.
13TH DECEMBER 2015
Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
During a penitential service at St. Peter’s Basilica on 12th March 2015, Pope Francis announced the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, which would begin later in the year on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception 8th December, extending to the Solemnity of Christ the King 20th November 2016.
The scriptural focus for the jubilee year will be Christ’s command from Luke 6:36 “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”
In the Bull of Indiction, Misericordiae Vultus, the document announcing the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis impresses on us that:
The mercy of God is his loving concern for each one of us. He feels responsible; that is, he desires our wellbeing and he wants to see us happy, full of joy, and peaceful. This is the path which the merciful love of Christians must also travel. As the Father loves, so do his children. Just as he is merciful, so we are called to be merciful to each other.
Opening of the Door of Mercy. Cavan Cathedral. 3,00pm Sunday 13th 2015.
The Jubilee Year was inaugurated in the Cathedral of SS Patrick and Felim with the opening of the Door of Mercy on Sunday, 13th December. Bishop Leo O’Reilly lead a solemn procession to the main doors of the Cathedral, which he will formally opened at 3.00pm, prior to the celebration of Eucharist. The journey to the Door of Mercy, followed by its opening and the action of crossing over its threshold, served, to remind us of that:
- Christ is the sole door through which we enter salvation (cf John 10:9) and the one way that leads to the Father (John 14:6)
- All the faithful participate in an ongoing pilgrimage toward “Jesus Christ (who) is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).
Pope Francis invited every diocese throughout the world to open a Door of Mercy. By ordering Holy Doors opened in local dioceses worldwide, Pope Francis broke with a centuries-long tradition in which Catholics were expected to make the pilgrimage to Rome for the jubilee, a year set aside for pardons. Usually held every 25 or 50 years, this jubilee, the Holy Year of Mercy, is an extraordinary one, inaugurated by Pope Francis on 8th December, with the opening of the Holy Door in St Peter’s Basilica.
In his homily, Bishop Leo reminded the congregation of Pope Francis’s words on 8th December, when he opened the Holy Door in St. Peter’s .
He announced also that Holy Doors would be opened in the central Church in each of the other three deaneries in the following weeks. Doors will be opened in St Anne’s Church, Bailieborough and St Patrick’s Church, Ballinamore on Sunday, 20th December and in St Clare’s Church, Manorhamilton on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, 10th January 2016.
People across the diocese are invited to make passing through the holy Doors of Mercy a part of their keeping of this Jubilee of Mercy. Individuals, families and/or parish groups may like to replicate the journey to the Door of Mercy in a spirit of prayer and openness to the loving mercy of God. A key part of any pilgrimage is leaving in order to find; in our pilgrim journey let us think about what we need to leave behind in order to find God’s mercy which is always available to us. The open door is a sign to us that the obstacles to God have been removed. During this Holy Year, we pray that the obstacles of personal weakness, temptation, and sin be removed so that this year can be one of grace and a personal encounter with the merciful Father.