Jubilee Year and Holy Door
JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY AND HOLY DOOR
Our spiritual leader, Pope Francis, has declared a Jubilee Year of Mercy which runs from the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2015 to the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, November 20, 2016. The motto for the year, Merciful like the Father, serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of God who asks us not to judge or condemn but to offer love and forgiveness instead. One of the practices that flows from a Jubilee Year is to make a pilgrimage to one of the Holy Doors, of which there are seven throughout the world; to recall the responsibility of every believer in crossing its threshold; and to renew and strengthen our faith in God.
While most of us cannot visit the Holy Doors throughout the world, we can still be reminded that we are children of our loving and merciful God every time we enter one of our Edmonton Catholic School buildings. With this in mind, we were encouraged by our local spiritual leader, Archbishop Smith, to create Holy Doors and oases of mercy at each of our Catholic schools and buildings.
On Friday, December 4th, 2015 Father Paul joined us to bless our Holy Door, which was sealed until December 8th. On December the 8th, the door was ritually opened. This was on the same day that the Holy Door was opened in the Basilica in Rome.