Feed the Hungry
Give Drink to the Thirsty
Corporal works of mercy:
Feed the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, sheltering the homeless, visiting the sick and imprisoned, burying the dead.
Spiritual works of mercy:
Instructing the ignorant, counseling the doubtful, admonishing sinners, bearing wrongs patiently, forgiving offenses willingly, comforting the afflicted, praying for the living and the dead.
Since ancient Jewish times, a jubilee year has stood as a reminder of God's providence and mercy - a year dedicated to providing the community with a time to come back into right relationship with God and with one another.
What Are The Doors Of Mercy?
One of the central components of the Jubilee of Mercy is that the Doors of Mercy at churches throughout the world will be opened. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, we have five Doors of Mercy: at St James Cathedral, Seattle; the Proto-Cathedral of St James the Greater, Vancouver; *St Joseph, Chehalis; Immaculate Conception, Mount Vernon; and Holy Rosary, Tacoma. Catholics are encouraged to make a pilgrimage to the doors to "experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instills hope.
What is Extraordinary About This Jubilee Year?
The Jubilee of Mercy that Pope Francis has declared from Dec. 8, 2015, to Nov. 20, 2016, is an extraordinary jubilee. This sets it apart from the ordinary cycle of jubilees, or holy years, which are called every 25 years in the Catholic church. By calling for a holy year outside of the normal cycle, the pope emphasizes a particular event or theme - in this case, mercy.
How Can We Live Mercy in Our Daily Lives?
First we must receive God's loving mercy toward us and then act in that same way to all we meet. As members of the body of Christ, our lives should be a witness of mercy to those we meet on a daily basis.
How can I Experience God's Mercy?
Mercy begins with our receiving mercy in the sacrament of penance and reconciliation. Only when we examine our lives, confess our sins with true contrition, and experience the mercy of God ourselves are we then able to show true mercy to others.
What is a Jubilee Indulgence?
Pope Francis has announced that during this Jubilee of Mercy, Catholics may obtain a jubilee indulgence - a full or partial remission of the temporal punishment for sins.
How do I Obtain a Jubilee Indulgence?
By visiting the Doors of Mercy at a cathedral or other designated church (listed above), or by performing one of the corporal or spiritual works of mercy (see side panel). To obtain any plenary (full) indulgence, one must also be in the state of grace, have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, sacramentally confess their sins, receive Communion and pray for the intentions of the pope. These rites and prayers should be carried out within about 20 days before or after the indulgenced act.
Holy Doors Schedule at Holy Rosary
WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY’S
8:00 Church open
Confessions from 8:15 to 8:45
Rosary begins at 8:30
9:00 Mass Begins
10:15 Church closed
Church opens at 2:45
Adoration begins at 3:00
Confessions from 3:00 to 4:15
4:30 Rosary Recitation
5:00 Mass Begins
6:15 Coffee and Donuts
7:00 Church closed
Church opens at 11:00
11:30 Rosary Recitation
12:00 Mass Begin
1:15 Coffee and Donuts
4:30 Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament
5:00 Church closed