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Year of Mercy

On December 8 (2015) I will open the Holy Door which will thereby become a Door of Mercy. Anyone who passes through this door will experience God’s mercy. (Pope Francis: The Face of Mercy The Papal Bull announcing the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy)

Welcome on our journey together through the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which Pope Francis has offered to the whole Church and to the world.

In a sense, it’s a follow-through from the Synod process, where we are going more and more deeply into the mystery of God’s Mercy which is right at the heart of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Take Mercy out of the Gospel and you have nothing left.

So we’re going to the heart of things and to the heart of the Good News in celebrating this Year of Mercy.

It was Pope Francis’s idea – his gift to us – but we’re trying to make it our own in deep and powerful ways in the Archdiocese of Brisbane.

There are all kinds of activities through this year in the Archdiocese. I invite you to explore those activities and to take part in them. We also offer all kinds of resources.

All these things have one purpose – to lead you and us into a deeper experience of the Mercy of God so that we in turn can become more and more deeply a people offering mercy – the Mercy of God – to an often merciless world. So join us on this journey to the heart of Mercy.
– Archbishop Mark Coleridge

Bulletin Inserts

To help keep the Year of Mercy in front of your community, Evangelisation Brisbane will provide weekly newsletter inserts from a variety of sources including Pope Francis, the Scriptures, and a range of writers from throughout the ages:

Mary, Mother of Mercy

In calling the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis invites us to contemplate the face of mercy, Jesus, through Mary. The following resource contains prayers, suggested activities and resources to focus on in the month of Mary:

Parish Kit

Pilgrimage at the Cathedral of St Stephen

Pope Francis has declared a Plenary Indulgence for those who:

  • make a pilgrimage to the Door of Mercy,
  • attend the Sacrament of Mercy, and
  • attend Mass,
  • pray the creed, and
  • pray for the Pope and for his intentions.

A Pilgrimage booklet, is available and provides pilgrims with a format of pilgrim prayer at various stations around the Cathedral.

10.30am – 12.30pm each Saturday throughout the Year of Mercy:

  • 10.00am – 11.00am—Sacrament of Mercy (Reconciliation)
  • 11.30am – Mass

Download the Cathedral Pilgrimage booklet

Catholic Bushwalkers Club Year of Mercy Pilgrimage Walks

These six walking routes have been designed to give you an opportunity to experience pilgrimage and by using the routes you maximise the probability to meet other pilgrims sharing your journey. Like all activities, it will take a little while for your body to adapt to this activity. Allow 20 to 30 minutes to find your rhythm and let your mind relax. Even if you have lived in Brisbane all your life, you are certain to see sights you have never noticed before. One of the purposes of pilgrimage is to let your mind find new ways to relate to God.

It is suggested there be one person in your group who is designated the navigator who will read the instructions and guide your party along the route. As this person will need to carry a colour copy of the walking instructions or use your mobile device on the walk so you can expand the photos. Other members of the party double check the directions of the navigator. Check the photographs as you go to reassure yourself that you are on track.

Please cross all roads legally and safely. Use zebra crossings, pedestrian islands and pedestrian lights where available. Watch out for bicycles on bikeways. Let bicycles pass freely.

Six Walking Routes

There are six routes, three beginning north of the river and three beginning south of the river. All terminate at the Cathedral of St Stephen. At the Cathedral, every Saturday the key times are:

  • 10.30am Reconciliation
  • 11.30am Mass for Pilgrims

The routes are not designed to be the shortest route to the Cathedral of St Stephen. They have been designed to minimise your time on major roads and to maximise your time on “green” routes and visit Churches that only require a minor deviation.