Year of Mercy
All are welcome - No one can be excluded from God's mercy!
"Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought about how the Church might make clear its mission of being a witness to mercy. It is journey that begins with a spiritual conversion.
For this reason, I have decided to call an extraordinary Jubilee that is to have the mercy of God at its center. It shall be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live this Year in the light of the Lord's words: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (cf. Lk 6:36) ...
I am convinced that the whole Church will find in this Jubilee the joy needed to rediscover and make fruitful the mercy of God, with which all of us are called to give consolation to every man and woman of our time."
Pope Francis inaugurated the Holy Year of Mercy in the Vatican on Tuesday, December 8th, by opening the Holy Door in the atrium of the Basilica of St Peter’s. This Jubilee Year of Mercy from the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception until 20 November 2016 which is the solemnity of Christ the King
“To pass through the Holy Door means to rediscover the infinite mercy of the father who welcomes everyone and goes out personally to encounter each of them.”
The official website for the Year of Mercy is www.iubilaeummisericordiae.va/
International pastoral resources at that site are HERE
Pope Francis' prayer for the Year of Mercy is HERE
Pope Francis text launching this special year is HERE
An outline of two special liturgies for the opening and closing celebarations for the year are HERE
The Irish Bishops Conference offers Year oi of Mercy resources HERE
Bishop Brendan's Pastoral Letter to be read at Masses can be seen HERE
Bishop Brendan's homily at a special Mass with schoolchildren on December 8th is HERE
As the Jubilee Year of Mercy ends on the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council, Bishop Brendan has also created a Pastoral called: “Let’s Remember, Let’s Review, Let’s Renew: The Second Vatican Council: Fifty Years On”. Click HERE to download it for free, paper copies are available in parishes or from the Limerick Diocesan Office
We have been invited to prayerfully reflect with scripture this year, and as part of our Synod2016 preparations in this Diocese, we have a great resource in Bishop Brendans reflections on the Acts of the Apostles: 'Who leads the church - Noticing the Holy Spirit at work' - click HERE to download the resource, watch related videos and discover a calendared outline, which we can follow together.
News and further information about the Year of Mercy in Limerick diocese will be available across the year: on this website, on our facebook page, in our weekly e-newsletter and via parish newsletters.