Pope Francis inaugurated the Year of Mercy on December 8th by opening the Holy Door at St. Peter's Basilica and celebrating the feast of the Immaculate Conception. The Jubilee Year of Mercy will run through Nov. 20, 2016 and it is a year that puts forgiveness before judgment.
Msgr. Michael Rose and Fr. Dennis O'Brien will join together offering two pilgrimages during the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
- The Holy Land - April 11-20, 2016. Click here to download the brochure.
- Assisi & Rome - October 4-13, 2016. Click here to download the brochure
For more information, download the brochures above or call the Pastoral Center at 508.845.6341.
An Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy with Fr. Mike Schmitz
Pope Francis has declared 2016 a Jubilee Year of Mercy for all of us. What does that mean? Fr. Mike Schmitz offers some insight on that, explaining the significance of a Jubilee Year and showing how we can be merciful toward others in our everyday lives through the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.
What is a Bull of Indiction?
The bull is the fundamental document for the Holy Year that outlines the overall spirit and intentions for the Jubilee, as well as the spiritual fruits that are hoped for.
The term bull (from the Latin bulla = bubble or, more generally, a rounded object) originally indicated the metal capsule used to protect the wax seal attached with a cord to a document of particular importance, to attest to its authenticity and, as a consequence, its authority. Over time, the term began to be used first to indicate the seal, then the document itself, so that nowadays it is used for all papal documents of special importance that bear, or at least traditionally would have borne, the Pontiff’s seal.
The bull for the indiction of a jubilee, for instance in the case of an extraordinary Holy Year, aside from indicating its time, with the opening and closing dates and the main ways in which it will be implemented, constitutes the fundamental document for recognising the spirit in which it is announced, and the intentions and the outcomes hoped for by the Pontiff, who invokes it for the Church.
Click here to read the Bull of Indiction for the Jubilee of Mercy.
Bishop Robert Barron - The Best Thing You Can Do in the Year of Mercy