Logo for Holy Year of Mercy

This Jubilee Year, announced by Pope Francis on April 11, starts Dec. 8, 2015, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the day on which the Holy Door of Saint Peter’s Basilica will be opened.

The Jubilee Year ends on Nov. 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

For background to the year, read Misericordiae vultus, in which Pope Francis details the aims of the Holy Year.

To keep up to date on developments go to the official website for the Jubilee has already been launched.

April 3: a celebration for those who in various ways are inspired “by a charism of mercy,” in movements, associations, and religious institutes.

April 24: a special celebration for young people aged between the ages of 13 and 16, this will be some months before World Youth Day, which will be held in Krakow, July 26-31, and is largely for  youth of an older age bracket.”

May 29: A jubilee will be held for deacons “who by their vocation and ministry are called to preside in works of charity in the life of the Christian community.”

June 3: 160th anniversary of the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and a celebration for priests.

June 12: a celebration with the sick and disabled, and those who care for them.

Sept. 4: a celebration with charitable volunteers will gather from all over the world. “A volunteer is a dynamic witness of someone who lives the works of mercy in its various expressions and deserves to be celebrated in this special way.’

Oct. 9: a celebration of Mary, as the Mother of Mercy.

Sept. 25: A celebration for catechists who, “in transmitting the life of faith, support Christian communities and, in particular, our parishes in a decisive way.”

Nov. 6: a celebration with and for those in prison.

The above dates are for celebrations in Rome. It is likely that the celebrations in Rome will find themselves echoed in celebrations in each Local Church, ie each diocese, and in its parishes and communities. The resources being prepared in the Proclaim ’15 initiative will be helpful for each diocese/parish in considering how to proceed.

So… what days/works of mercy should we focus on at St Nicholas’ parish? What do we have that merits our celebration? What is there that we need to focus on to help us do better?

Use the comments facility to leave your thoughts or pass them on in writing to Fr Allen.