Pope Francis Proclaims a Jubilee Year of Mercy
December 8,2015 – November 20,2016
Officially proclaiming the upcoming jubilee year of mercy, Pope Francis has powerfully called on the entire Catholic Church to refashion itself as a place not of judgment or condemnation but of pardon and merciful love.
“The temptation…to focus exclusively on justice made us forget that this is only the first, albeit necessary and indispensable step. It’s time to return to the basics and to bear the weaknesses and struggles of our brothers and sister. Mercy is the force that reawakens us to new life and instills in us the courage to look to the future with hope.”
Pope Francis also notes that December 8th will mark the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council and says: “The Church feels a great need to keep this event alive.” The jubilee, which is to be called the Holy Year of Mercy, beginning December 8th on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception will close on November 20,2016, the day celebrated as Christ the King.
“In short, we are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us. Pardoning offenses become the clearest expression of merciful love, and for us, Christians, it is an imperative from which we cannot excuse ourselves.”
Pope Francis has announced that during the 2016 season of Lent he will be asking some priests to serve as special “Missionaries of Mercy.” Those priests will be asked to go around the world to hear confessons and the Pope will grant them “the authority to pardon even those sins reserved for the Holy See.”
“The mercy of God is his loving concern for each one of us. God feels responsible: that is, he desires our wellbeing and wants to see us happy, full of joy and peaceful.”
Please consider a gift to the Shrine on Colorado Gives Day
-Tuesday December 8!
We are thrilled to participate for the first time in Colorado Gives Day. This day is an annual statewide movement to celebrate philanthropy through online giving. It is presented by the Community First Foundation and 1stBank. There is a $1 million incentive fund that increases the value of every donation made to Mother Cabrini Shrine on Tuesday December 8, 2015. Your support helps maintain the Shrine for future generations and preserves the great legacy of St. Frances Cabrini. Thank you!
Advent Reflection Series
Fridays at 5:30 p.m.
Join us in the Pilgrimage of Preparation with Reflections by Father John Paul Klein, O.M.V. in the Main Chapel.
Light Supper to follow.
|December 4: “We are Pilgrims”|
|December 11: “A Pilgrimage of Hope”|
|December 18: “Mary, a Pilgrim of Hope”|