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Opening the Doors to Mercy

Winter Regionals

In the Holy Year of Mercy, teens from around the diocese are invited to gather around the holy doors to celebrate, build community, discover God's mercy, and pray together at three winter regional events (dates, times listed below).

The gatherings are free and registration is not required.

All youth must be accompanied by an adult (one adult per seven youth).

A year of extraordinary jubilee traditionally begins with the opening of the holy door to represent a renewed opportunity to encounter or grow closer to Jesus and the passage to salvation which was opened to humanity by Jesus.

The doors are only opened during jubilee years so that pilgrims can enter through them in order to gain the plenary indulgence that is connected with the jubilee. The graces and indulgences of the holy year, geared toward personal conversion, can be obtained by making a pilgrimage to any of these churches, passing through the holy door, confessing one’s sins near the time of the visit, and saying the prescribed prayers*** for the intention of the Holy Father (Pope Francis) and the Church. The purpose of the Jubilee Year of Mercy is to help all believers have a genuine experience of God’s mercy: both mercy received and mercy given. 

***To fulfill or satisfy the condition of praying for the intention of the Holy Father, it is customary to recite one Our Father and one Hail Mary, but it may be any other suitable prayer.

Saturday, Feb. 27 St. John Church
207 York Street
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Mar. 5 Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
307 Congress Street
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, Mar. 12 St. Luce Church
441 US Route 1
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.