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Jubilee Year of Mercy


On May 15, 2015, Pope Francis announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy from December 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception until November 20, 2016, the Sunday dedicated to Christ the King.

"We constantly need to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it." ~ Pope Francis

Pope Francis invites us to think about mercy anew as the "act by which God comes to meet us" but also mercy as the "fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life". He invites us to live by this mercy in our parishes and lives, to forgive others as well as to seek reconciliation. He challenges us to understand mercy and justice as "two dimensions of the same reality" on the way of conversion of the sinner towards love.


The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is holding an art contest to mark the Extraordinary Jubilee of the Year of Mercy.

Anyone from ages 16 and above who resides in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is invited to submit their faith inspired artworks by April 15th, 2016. The theme for this competition is "Merciful like the Father" inspired by the motto for the Holy Year. It is not mandatory, but a suggestion is that the artwork can center on the Prodigal Son – people's artistic representation of this iconic image of the mercy of God from the Gospel of Luke 15:11-32.

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Holy Doors and Pilgrimage Sites in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

In accord with Misericordiae vultus, the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, paragraph 3, Cardinal DiNardo has decreed that a Holy Door be opened at the following churches, which will serve also as pilgrimage sites during the Holy Year:

Pilgrims who pass through this ‘Door of Mercy' at any of the above designated churches receive the Jubilee Indulgence. This Jubilee indulgence can be gained once a day for oneself or for someone who has died. The Holy Father has stated that, in order to receive this Jubilee Indulgence, this passage through a Holy Door must be linked with saying the Profession of Faith, praying for the Holy Father and his intentions, and going to a celebration of the Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

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Liturgical resources, Prayers, Indulgences, and Devotions during the Year of Mercy.
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Official Vatican Resources

Jubilee Year of Mercy Website

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Official Prayer for Jubilee Year of Mercy – Vatican Website
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Pastoral Resources for Living the Jubilee – Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization
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