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.
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.
-From BULL OF INDICTION OF THE EXTRAORDINARY JUBILEE OF MERCY
We are asked to proclaim and live by the word of God's mercy, to reach out to others, to help strengthen and accompany them through their struggles. Reflecting on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy can help us to find a starting point. Let us share the joy of the Gospel through our actions, our words and our prayers during this Holy Year of Mercy.
The Office of Worship and Spiritual Life is pleased to support parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Miami as they celebrate this sacred time. Please contact us if we can be of any help to you or your community in your ministry.
For your Parish activities, we recommend the Pastoral Planning Guide for the Year of Mercy by Bill Huebsch, "The Medicine of Mercy". It is designed to help you as a Parish to think and plan for the Year of Mercy (You only need one copy for one Parish).