Cardinal DiNardo introduces eight Houston pilgrimage sites for Year of Mercy in letter

December 8, 2015

To the Faithful of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston:

His Holiness Pope Francis has proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy which will begin on Dec. 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and end on Nov. 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Christ the King. This is to be a year of grace for the Church when we are called to reflect more intensely on the mercy of God and accept it ever more deeply into our hearts. 

“This Holy Year will bring to the fore the richness of Jesus’ mission echoed in the words of the prophet: to bring a word and gesture of consolation to the poor, to proclaim liberty to those bound by new forms of slavery in modern society, to restore sight to those who can see no more because they are caught up in themselves, to restore dignity to all those from whom it has been robbed” (Misericordiae Vultus, 16).

In accord with Misericordiae Vultus, the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, paragraph 3, promulgated by His Holiness to inaugurate this Holy Year of Mercy, I hereby decree that a Holy Door be opened at the following churches, which will serve also as pilgrimage sites during the Holy Year:

• St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica
• Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart 
• St. Bernadette Catholic Church
• Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church
• Our Lady of Lavang Catholic Church 
• St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
• St. Ignatius Catholic Church
• St. Theresa Catholic Church in Sugar Land

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. With regards to the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, the Holy Father further instructed that “each time that one of the faithful personally performs one or more of these actions, he or she shall surely obtain the Jubilee Indulgence.” 

Please note that those who, due to illness or other legitimate reason, are unable to leave their place of residence may nonetheless obtain the Jubilee indulgence by uniting themselves in spirit with the faithful and offering their prayers and suffering in accord with the objectives of the Year of Mercy. Similarly, those who are incarcerated “may obtain the indulgence in the chapels of the prisons.” 

Finally, more resources and information about upcoming events and programs for the celebration of the Year of Mercy are online at www.archgh.org/yearofmercy

With the assurances of my prayerful best wishes in the Lord during this Year of Mercy, I am sincerely yours in Christ, 

Daniel Cardinal DiNardo
Archbishop of Galveston-Houston



From Rome to Houston, Archdiocesan ‘Doors of Mercy’ open wide for Year of Mercy

Eight Catholic churches in the Archdiocese serve as pilgrimage sites during the Holy Year of Mercy. These churches will celebrate a Mass with the Rite of the Opening of the Door of Mercy. The schedule is as follows:

St. Mary Cathedral Basilica
Holy Family Parish, 2011 Church St., Galveston, 77550
Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. - Celebrant: Daniel Cardinal DiNardo

Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
1111 St. Joseph Pkwy., Houston, 77002
Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. - Celebrant: Daniel Cardinal DiNardo

St. Bernadette Catholic Church
15500 El Camino Real, Houston, 77062
Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. - Celebrant: Auxiliary Bishop George A. Sheltz

Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church
2405 Navigation Blvd., Houston 77003
Dec. 19 at 6:30 p.m. - Celebrant: Daniel Cardinal DiNardo

Our Lady of Lavang Catholic CHURCH
12320 Old Foltin Rd., Houston, 77086
Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. - Celebrant: Auxiliary Bishop George A. Sheltz

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
5100 Dabney St., Houston, 77026
Dec. 12 at 5 p.m. - Celebrant: Auxiliary Bishop George A. Sheltz

St. Ignatius Catholic Church
7810 Cypresswood Dr., Spring, 77379
Dec. 20 at 11 a.m. - Celebrant: Auxiliary Bishop George A. Sheltz

St. Theresa Catholic Church - Sugar Land
705 St. Theresa Blvd., Sugar Land, 77498
Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. - Celebrant: Daniel Cardinal DiNardo