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Year of Mercy

Year of Mercy


 
 Year of Mercy Speaker & Events Series

The National Shrine will host a year-long speaker and events series to aid the faithful in fully participating in the Year of Mercy. All events are free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required. 

Eucharistic Presence: Jesus' Gift of Mercy for the World
August 30, Crypt Church, 5:15pm Mass - Lecture to follow
Reverend Louis Studer, OMI
Vicar Provincial, Oblates of Mary Immaculate
Presenter

Mother Teresa of Calcutta: The Church’s Newest Saint
September 27, 5:15pm Mass in the Crypt Church  - Lecture to follow
Sandra McMurtrie
Collaborator of Mother Teresa
Presenter

Luke: Gospel of Tenderness and Mercy
October 18, Crypt Church, 5:15pm Mass - Lecture to follow
Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB
CEO, Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation
Presenter  

 

Past Events: 

 

Opening of the Holy Door
December 8, 2015 
12noon - Upper Church
Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington
Celebrant and Homilist 
Compassion: The Thirst of God: 
Visiting the Sick as a Work of Mercy
January 12, 2016, Crypt Church, 5:15pm Mass - Lecture to follow 
Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield, General Secretary
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Presenter 

Mary, Leading Us to Comfort the Sorrowful
February 17, 2016, Crypt Church, 5:15pm Mass - Lecture to follow
Reverend Brian Schloth, M.S.
Master of Novices, Missionaries of La Salette
Presenter
Saint Thomas Aquinas on Charity and Creative Mercy
February 24, 2016, Crypt Church, 5:15pm Mass - Lecture to follow
Reverend Thomas Petri, O.P.,
Vice President and Academic Dean
Instructor of Moral Theology and Pastoral Studies
Dominican House of Studies
Presenter
 
24 Hours for the Lord 
March 3-5, 2016, Crypt Church
Continuous Solemn Exposition of the Holy Eucharist
Opening Mass
Thursday, March 3, 2016, Crypt Church, 5:15 p.m. Mass
Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio
Archbishop for the Military Services, U.S.A.
Celebrant & Homilist
Friday, March 4, 2016, Crypt Church, 5:15 p.m. Mass
Reverend Monsignor Kevin Irwin
Ordinary Research Professor 
The Catholic University of America
Celebrant & Homilist
Saturday, March 5, 2016, 12:10 p.m. Mass
Reverend Monsignor Kevin Irwin
Ordinary Research Professor 
The Catholic University of America
Celebrant & Homilist
Closing Mass & Eucharistic Procession
Saturday, March 5, 2016, Upper Church, 5:15pm Mass
Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde
Bishop of Arlington
Celebrant & Homilist

His Mercy Endures Forever
March 9, 2016
Concert following the 5:15 p.m. Mass
Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Deepening God’s Gift of Faith: Counseling the Doubtful
March 16, 2016, Crypt Church, 5:15pm Mass - Lecture to follow 
Most Reverend James P. Keleher,
Archbishop Emeritus of Kansas City in Kansas 
Presenter 

Being Agents of God’s Mercy to the Sick
April 19, 2016, Crypt Church, 5:15pm Mass - Lecture to follow
Sr. Carol Keehan, DC 
President, Catholic Health Association
Presenter
Visiting the Imprisoned: Dead Man Walking – The Journey Continues
May 24, 2016, Crypt Church, 5:15pm Mass - Lecture to follow
Sr. Helen Prejean
Author, Dead Man Walking
Presenter  

 

 A Reflection on the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia
June 23, Crypt Church, 5:15pm Mass - Lecture to follow
Cardinal Donald Wuerl
Archbishop of Washington
Presenter

 

 

  Discipleship in the Year of Mercy
July 27, 5:15pm Mass in the Crypt Church - Lecture to follow
Most Reverend Denis Madden
Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore
Presenter

 

 

Year of Mercy 

"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!

This Holy Year will commence on the next Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will conclude on Sunday, 20 November 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and living face of the Father's mercy. I entrust the organization of this Jubilee to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, in order that it may come to life as a new step on the Church’s journey in her mission to bring the Gospel of mercy to each person.
I am confident that the whole Church, which is in such need of mercy for we are sinners, will be able to find in this Jubilee the joy of rediscovering and rendering fruitful God’s mercy, with which we are all called to give comfort to every man and every woman of our time. Do not forget that God forgives all, and God forgives always. Let us never tire of asking forgiveness. Let us henceforth entrust this Year to the Mother of Mercy, that she turn her gaze upon us and watch over our journey: our penitential journey, our year-long journey with an open heart, to receive the indulgence of God, to receive the mercy of God." (Announcement by Pope Francis, Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Lent, 14 March, 2015)

The Holy Year Door

The National Holy Year Door of the United States is at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception as designated by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The door was sealed on April 12, 2015, Divine Mercy Sunday, in anticipation of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. On December 8, 2015 it will be opened by Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington to mark the beginning of the Jubilee Year. The coat of arms of Pope Francis, who called for this Extraordinary Jubilee Year, is above the door.

The Holy Year will open on 8 December 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception... On that day, the Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instils hope... In the following weeks, the Holy Doors of the other Papal Basilicas will be opened... in every local church, at the cathedral – the mother church of the faithful in any particular area – or, alternatively, at the co-cathedral or another church of special significance, a Door of Mercy will be opened for the duration of the Holy Year. At the discretion of the local ordinary, a similar door may be opened at any shrine frequented by large groups of pilgrims, since visits to these holy sites are so often grace-filled moments, as people discover a path to conversion. Every Particular Church, therefore, will be directly involved in living out this Holy Year as an extraordinary moment of grace and spiritual renewal. Thus the Jubilee will be celebrated both in Rome and in the Particular Churches as a visible sign of the Church’s universal communion. (Misericordiae Vultus, 3)

The practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life. Life itself is a pilgrimage, and the human being is a viator, a pilgrim travelling along the road, making his way to the desired destination. Similarly, to reach the Holy Door in Rome or in any other place in the world, everyone, each according to his or her ability, will have to make a pilgrimage. This will be a sign that mercy is also a goal to reach and requires dedication and sacrifice. May pilgrimage be an impetus to conversion: by crossing the threshold of the Holy Door, we will find the strength to embrace God’s mercy and dedicate ourselves to being merciful with others as the Father has been with us. (Misericordiae Vultus, 14)

Special Indulgence for the Jubilee Year of Mercy

During this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis concedes a plenary indulgence, with the customary conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion, and prayer in keeping with his prayer intentions) to all members of the faithful starting on 8 December 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the closing of Vatican II, until 20 November 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

The Jubilee Indulgence can also be obtained for the deceased.

To obtain the Indulgence, the faithful are called to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Door of Mercy and pass through it.

OR

Fulfill one of the other conditions under which Pope Francis grants the Indulgence:
- Those that perform a corporal or spiritual work of mercy.
- The sick and elderly who offer their suffering.
- The imprisoned, who visit the prison chapel, and direct their thought and prayer to the Father of Mercy each time they cross the threshold of their cell, signifying for them passage through the Holy Door.

To fulfill the final actions, the faithful should first and foremost, participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the celebration of the Holy Eucharist with a reflection on mercy. These celebrations are to be accompanied by the profession of faith (Creed) and prayer for the Holy Father and his intentions. The latter should be at least an “Our Father.” Taking into consideration the spirit of this Holy Year, it is suggested that pilgrims recite the Jubilee Prayer of Pope Francis. The period of prayer should conclude with an invocation to the merciful Lord Jesus, for example, “Merciful Jesus, I trust in You.”

Pope Francis
Letter of Indulgence, 1 September 2015

   


 
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