Friday, 23 October 2015 12:00

Year of Mercy

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The National Office for Evangelisation has been tasked by the Bishops Commission on Evangelisation to be a Clearing House for the Year of Mercy celebrations in Australia. On this page, you will find information regarding the resources provided by the Vatican's Pontifical Commission on the New Evangelisation and the different activities undertaken by the dioceses and parishes durign this Jubilee Year.

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AUSTRALIA : Celebrations in Dioceses and Parishes

      • Bishop Michael McKenna's Pastoral Letter - God the Father of Mercies will be released to coincide with the beginning of the Year of Mercy, 8th December 2015
      • Opening of the Door Of Mercy at the Cathedral and St. Michael and St. John, Bathurst on Sunday, 13th December. This will also be the day when the bells will ring out again from the restored tower, marking the completion of the first stage of our Cathedral's renewal. That afternoon, Bishop McKenna will also open a Door of Mercy in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Carcoar, recognising our Shalom Diocesan House of Prayer as a place of pilgrimage
      • 24 Hours of the Lord
      • Diocesan focus on the Sacrament of Reconciliation throughout the year
      • Diocesan Assembly and end of the Diocese's sesquicentenary in October, combining Year of Mercy celebrations 

          The Diocese has completed their planning process. Here are some of the highlights:

      • Opening of Holy Doors by Bishop Peter Comensoli in the Cathedral Parish and various other parishes in the diocese
      • '24 Hours of the Lord' with Adoration and the Sacrament of Penance held in parishes throughout the year, with regular catechesis on this sacrament, and its availability at times suitable to parishioners
      • Post-WYD festival taking up the theme of WYD, "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy".
      • Opening up the theme of mercy at youth events throughout the year, and in social media campaigns
      • Lectio Divina booklet and digital resource for Lent 2016, reflecting on the theme of mercy
      • Skype event featuring a guest well versed and well known in an area of ministry related to the theme of mercy
      • Nurturing Faith in Families: Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy resource with suggestions for practicing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy in the context of the family
      • Jubilee Mass for Workers & Volunteers of Mercy, with the Bishop
      • Volunteer opportunities through various events with organisations such as CatholicCare and St Vincent De Paul Society
      • Ongoing catechesis on the theme of mercy in diocesan publication
      • Message from Bishop Peter Comensoli
      • "The Jubilee Holy Door" article on Holy Doors
      • YOM Events page (lots of content there) and PDF brochure
      • YOM Prayer Card
      • YOM brochure for families 


      • YOM Opening Mass in all parishes on December 8
      • Activities combining YOM with the WYD Cross
      • Activities combining YOM with the 50th Jubilee celebrations in the diocese




        • Fr Richard Shortall sj will travel to Rome to be instructed and then commissioned by Pope Francis as a Missionary of Mercy, taking up Pope Francis' call for some priests to take on a more significant role in extending God's mercy to the people. He will travel around the diocese focusing on those churches where there is no resident priest as well as other significant places where mercy is sought and given. Fr Richard will spend time in each place and will be available to all people who seek mercy, a listening ear and forgiveness
      • #150ActsOfMercy
        • The Year of Mercy coincides with the diocese's celebration of 150 years since Bishop Murray arrived and claimed St John's as his cathedral. #150ActsOfMercy hashtag combines these two events. All members of the Church of Maitland-Newcastle and its friends are invited to record all the ways they respond to Pope Francis' invitation to be merciful as God is merciful. As individuals and communities (schools, parishes, groups), let us undertake 150 acts of mercy - one for each year of our diocesan life
      • The Door of Mercy
        • Sacred Heart Cathedral. Individuals and groups are invited to make a pilgrimage to the Cathedral, to enter the Holy Door and fulfil the conditions set out to gain a Plenary Indulgence. Fridays have been designated 'Pilgrimage of Mercy day' with a Holy Hour, Sacrament of Penance and Mass
      • Formation for Mercy  
        • The Tenison Woods Education Centre is offering three opportunities to assist us with our contemplation of the face of Mercy in prayer and life:
          • I Desire mercy, not sacrifice
          • Mercy in the Movies
          • Understanding Pope Francis' Vision for the Jubilee of Mercy
      • Contemplating Mercy
        • Suggestions on how to respond to Pope Francis' invitation to contemplate the mystery of mercy; the face of mercy we encounter in Jesus.



          The Archdiocese had hugely popular planning days. Here are their schedules and useful resources: 

      • Year of Mercy Planning Day for parishes
      • Resource Booklet for the Year of Mercy - Contains a list of resources for unpacking the themes of the Year of Mercy, with helpful information on where to find and how to use the resources
      • 'Roadmap' for what's happening in Melbourne for the Year of Mercy
      • Opening the Door of Mercy at St Patrick's Cathedral, 13 December 2015:
        • Program highlights:
          •   Opening of Door of Mercy by Archbishop Denis Hart
          •   Hour of prayer and reflection led by Bishop Vincent Long OFMconv
          •   Mercy prayer flags
          •   Food stalls, live music, and lots of activities hosted by Aboriginal Catholic Ministry, CatholicCare, Catholic Mission, Melbourne Vocations Office, and more!


          The Ordinariate has organised activities for the Year of Mercy. These include:

      • Resources for Teaching Days and Workshops on mercy
      • Ongoing Catechesis on the theme of mercy in homilies and publications, especially ’tough’ mercy
      • Exploring how to exercise the Corporal and Spiritual Acts of Mercy within the Church and as a tool of evangelisation
      • Catechesis on the Sacrament of Reconciliation and its importance to receiving and dispensing mercy
      • Lenten Days of Prayer, Fasting and Adoration
      • Increased support for Catholic Charities, Mission and Social Welfare Agencies






  • Townsville Diocese
      • Opening of the Holy Doors of Mercy by Diocesan Administrator Fr Mick Lowcock at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Townsville. This will be followed by a prayer vigil until midnight. (8 Dec 2015)
      • Diocesan Icon, Mercy Cross and Message Stick to travel to all parishes.
      • Year of Mercy Prayer card has been distributed to all parishes and schools
      • Workshop Series on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy by Fr Damian McGrath
      • Townsville Catholic Education Office Year of Mercy Gathering – 'Illuminating Life' Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre (7 & 8 April 2015)
      • Various Parish Pilgrimages of Mercy within their Parish community
      • Production of weekly Year of Mercy bulletin handouts for all parishes to use and share
      • Year of Mercy exterior banner for parishes to hang and promote the Year of Mercy to the wider community
      • Year of Mercy Diocesan Newsletter

  • Wilcania-Forbes Diocese


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