Parish Pilgrimage Jubilee Year of Mercy

year-of-mercyThe October 29, 2016 pilgrimage is presented exclusively by St. Barnabas Parish. Nevertheless, all are welcome to register and attend! Please register at a table after Mass, or in the Parish Office, before October 25, 2016.

What is the Jubilee Year of Mercy?
The practice of a jubilee year has ancient roots in the Jewish tradition and evidence for it can be found in the Old Testament. The jubilee year was called every fifty years and was a time for forgiveness. It stood as a reminder of God’s providence and mercy. The dedication of a year for this emphasis provided the community with a time to come back into right relationship with one another and with God. As the practice of the jubilee year was adopted into the Catholic Church, these themes of mercy, forgiveness, and solidarity continued.
Pope Francis declared that the Jubilee of Mercy begin on December 8, 2015 (the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary) and conclude on November 20, 2016 (the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe). December 8, 2015 also marks the fiftieth anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council, a Council that sought to bring the love of God to the modern world. Similarly, the Holy Father strongly desires this Jubilee celebration of mercy to be lived out in the daily lives of the faithful, and all who turn to God for compassionate love and mercy. Find more information at the Vatican website: www.iubilaeummisericordiae.va/content/gdm/en.html

Why a Pilgrimage to St. Anthony Church? One of the central components of the Jubilee of Mercy is that the Holy Doors throughout the world will be opened during this Jubilee year. When they are opened at the beginning of the year, “the Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instils hope.” Each diocese has the opportunity to open a Door of Mercy in their diocese, all members of the faithful will have opportunity to make a pilgrimage to their local Holy Door during the Jubilee. These doors are symbols of God’s mercy, open to welcome everyone into the compassion of God’s love that Christ proclaimed. We at St. Barnabas do not have to travel far for our pilgrimage because St. Anthony’s Church in Long Beach has an official Holy Door open as a Door of Mercy during the Jubilee!

Our Speaker/Celebrant – Bishop Gordon Bennett, S.J. Bishop Gordon Bennett, S.J., D.D., is a member of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) who is in residence at Loyola Marymount University (LMU). Bishop Bennett was appointed by Pope Saint John Paul II as Bishop of the Diocese of Mandeville, Jamaica, in 2004. He previously served as an Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore, and as the Principal and President of Loyola High School in Los Angeles. Currently, as the Peter Faber, S.J, Fellow in Ignatian Spirituality and Pastoral Ministry at LMU, Bishop Bennett directs spiritual retreats for clergy, religious and lay persons, and he continues to build an outstanding reputation as a spiritual guide and church leader.

Who Will/Can Attend? The October 29, 2016 pilgrimage is presented exclusively by St. Barnabas Parish. Nevertheless, all are welcome to register and attend! Please register by printing out the form   st-b-registration-form_year-of-mercy   and returning to the the table after Mass, or in the Parish Office, before October 25, 2016.

Here is the flyer to pass out to family and friends: st-b-registration-form_year-of-mercy and st-b-pilgrimage_year-of-mercy_flyer.