From The Pastor
During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, may we show mercy to our families, to our friends and neighbors, to those who treat us indifferently and with disdain; who disagree with us; who do us wrong; and most of all to those strangers we know only by their needs. Surely our heavenly Father’s blessings will be on us and the journey we take will strengthen our faith.
Pope Francis in his Year of Mercy Letter requested that we, as committed Catholics, all take an active role in this Jubilee Year. He also provided us with a path to follow and the benefits returning to us:
“I have asked the Church in this Jubilee Year to rediscover the richness encompassed by the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. The experience of mercy, indeed, becomes visible in the witness of concrete signs as Jesus himself taught us. Each time that one of the faithful personally performs one or more of these actions, he or she shall surely obtain the Jubilee Indulgence. Hence the commitment to live by mercy so as to obtain the grace of complete and exhaustive forgiveness by the power of the love of the Father who excludes on one. The Jubilee Indulgence is thus full, the fruit of the very event which is to be celebrated and experienced with faith, hope and charity.”
Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy Letter
Works of Mercy
The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy are actions we can perform that extend God’s compassion and mercy to those in need.
Corporal Works of Mercy
The Corporal Works of Mercy are the kind acts by which we help others with their material and physical needs:
- Feed the hungry.
- Give drink to the thirsty.
- Clothe the naked.
- Shelter the homeless.
- Visit the sick.
- Visit the imprisoned.
- Bury the dead.
Spiritual Works of Mercy
The Spiritual Works of Mercy are acts of compassion by which we help others with their emotional and spiritual needs:
- Counsel the doubtful.
- Instruct the ignorant.
- Admonish sinners.
- Comfort the afflicted.
- Forgive offenses.
- Bear wrongs; patiently.
- Pray for the living and the dead.
The Jubilee Indulgence
“An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guild has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfaction of Christ and the saints.”
Catechism of the Catholic Church #1471
Conditions for Gaining a Partial Indulgence
- Be baptized, not excommunicated, and in a state of grace.
- Have the intention of gaining the indulgence (including being contrite).
- Perform the work or offer the prayers as described for the Year of Mercy.
- Visit the Church where there is a Jubilee Door.
May be obtained more than once per day.
Conditions for Gaining a Plenary Indulgence
In addition to the above:
- Exclude all attachment to sin.
- Go to sacramental confession.
- Receive Eucharistic Communion.
- Pray for the intentions of the Holy Father.
May only be obtained once per day.
If any component is lacking, the indulgence will be partial.