Sunday, December 13, 2015, 11:00 AM
“Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy.” With these words Pope Francis introduces the upcoming Year of Mercy set to begin on December 8. Francis fittingly designated this day, commemorating the conception of Mary, as the beginning of the Year of Mercy, for “It recalls God’s action from the very beginning of history of mankind. After the sin of Adam and Eve, God did not wish to leave humanity alone in the throes of evil. And so he turned his gaze to Mary, holy and immaculate in love…choosing her to be the Mother of man’s Redeemer.” This outpouring of grace upon Mary from the very moment of her conception demonstrates that “When faced with the gravity of sin, God responds with the fullness of Mercy.”
Christ established His Bride, the Church, to be the doorway to His mercy. This fact will be made all the more clear when on December 8 the Holy Father will open the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica, “through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instils hope.” He further instructed that every cathedral throughout the world similarly set aside a door as a designated mercy door. These Cathedral doors have been instructed to be opened the following Sunday, December 13.
Bishop Daly will open the Mercy Doors at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes at the beginning of the 11:00 A.M. Mass on December 13. This event is not simply for the parishioners of the Cathedral but is indeed for all people of the diocese. Please come and join Bishop Daly in the inauguration of the year of Mercy.