To welcome the Jubilee, Pope Francis will open the holy door of St Peter’s, with holy doors of the other papal basilicas to follow. As a sign of communion of the whole Church, the pope has requested that every diocese in the world open a similar “door of mercy” for the local celebrations of the Jubilee.
To mark the opening of the Jubilee here in Melbourne, a special holy door of mercy will be opened by Archbishop Denis Hart at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Sunday 13th December at 2.30pm. Entitled Walking Into Mercy, individuals and groups from around the archdiocese are invited to make a special pilgrimage to the Cathedral, as an outward sign of solidarity with those most in need of God’s endless mercy and compassion. Just like Pope Francis challenged his parishioners to ‘house the stranger’ in the wake of Syrian refugee crisis in Europe, so too are we being challenged to live and share God’s mercy more effectively in our own lives and communities.
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What might we do differently—better—to help our own neighbours in this Year of Mercy? Migrants in our communities often go through challenges that are unseen, but are no less real and difficult. It is in these everyday situations that Christ is calling us to move beyond ourselves and express solidarity to our neighbour.
On Sunday 29th November at 5.00pm, we held our special Parish Community Mass and Meal. This year we were honoured to have Bishop Mark Edwards in attendance to officiate the Mass. Bishop Mark worked with our Grade Six students earlier in the year for their Confirmation. Father Joe also invited Fathers Eugene San, Allan Mithen, Josef Butscher, Leenus Neetany, Jose Joseph and Ralp Besterwitch, all of which joined us for the Community Mass and Meal which included the launch of the Year of Mercy.
The official count was put at around 250 here being that the averarge person would consume two sausages (there were 500 eaten, plus chicken, salad and desserts). Come to think of it I think there must have been more!
During the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy 2015 -2016 Holy Spirit built the "Wall of Mercy", a wall of plaques made up of the faces of those we honoured who stood out in the our lives, family & parish community for their acts of love and mercy in our world.
Find out more about the Holy Spirit Parish Wall of Mercy, see the 'Faces of Mercy' and read the stories associated with each of them.