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The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

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Logo Jubilee of MercyOn December 8, 2015, Pope Francis presided at the opening of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy in Saint Peter's Basilica. Four days later, as part of the Jubilee, the Holy Father entrusted the American continent to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas. In Canada, dioceses and eparchies have also marked the launch of the Jubilee with various diocesan and eparchial celebrations, including the opening of diocesan Doors of Mercy. The Holy Door at the Cathedral-Basilica Notre-Dame de Québec is also open for the Year of Mercy. A number of Canadian Bishops have issued Pastoral Letters to mark the Jubilee Year. The Extraordinary Jubilee will conclude November 20, 2016, on the Solemnity of Christ the King.

Cover Évangile de saint LucTo help mark the Jubilee, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has published a special edition of the Gospel of Luke in a popular pocket-book format, using the official French-language liturgical translation, and which has been distributed in more than 10 French Sector dioceses across the country. A number of dioceses in the English Sector are making available a popular English-language version of the Gospel of Luke, using the Good News Translation published by the Canadian Bible Society. The Gospel of Luke speaks extensively of God's mercy; for example, in the parables of lost sheep, the prodigal son, the rich man and Lazarus, and the good Samaritan.

The Beauty of Mercy: Pope Francis and Confession

To aid Canadian Catholics in celebrating the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy which ends this November 20, the Episcopal Commission for Doctrine of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has prepared a text entitled The Beauty of Mercy: Pope Francis and Confession. It is a series of quotations from the Holy Father on the importance and beauty of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and contains likewise words that encourage and challenge both penitents and priest confessors.

Link to the resource (PDF)

Online Resources to celebrate the Jubilee for Catechists - September 25, 2016 

Diocesan resources

The following are links to the messages of a number of Bishops across the country, as well as to news and updates from the dioceses and eparchies and other related activities taking place during the Jubilee Year:

Western Pastoral Region:

-Diocese of Calgary
http://www.jubileeofmercy.ca/ 

-Archdiocese of Edmonton
http://www.caedm.ca/mercy.aspx 

-Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan
Monthly reflections for the Year of Mercy
http://archgm.ca/ 

-Diocese of Kamloops
http://www.rcdk.org/news/opening-of-the-door-of-mercy-in-kamloops 

-Diocese of Prince Albert
www.padiocese.ca/jubileeofmercy

-Diocese of Prince George
http://www.pgdiocese.bc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/2015-11-10-Jubilee-of-Mercy-Diocese-of-Prince-George.pdf 

-Archdiocese of Regina
https://archregina.sk.ca/year-mercy 

-Archdiocese of Saint Boniface
English: http://www.archsaintboniface.ca/main.php?p=636 
Français : http://www.archsaintboniface.ca/main.php?p=635 

-Diocese of Saint Paul
Pastoral Letter
http://www.dioceseofstpaul.ca/bishop-s-office/pastoral-letters/105-holy-year-of-mercy 

-Diocese of Saskatoon
http://saskatoonrcdiocese.com/yearofmercy 

-Archdiocese of Vancouver
http://rcav.org/year-of-mercy/ 

-Diocese of Victoria
Video series with Bishop Gary Gordon
http://www.rcdvictoria.org/year-of-mercy-bishop-gary-videos.php 

-Archdiocese of Winnipeg
Pastoral Letter
http://www.archwinnipeg.ca/wcm-docs/docs/pastoral_letter__-_year_of_mercy,_december_2,_2015.pdf 

Ontario Pastoral Region:

-Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall
http://eng.alexandria-cornwall.ca/year-of-mercy 

-Diocese of Hamilton
http://hamiltondiocese.com/year-of-mercy/ 

-Archdiocese of Kingston
http://www.romancatholic.kingston.on.ca/NEW%20-%20YEAR%20OF%20MERCY.html 

-Diocese of London
http://wp.dol.ca/webportal/diocese/content/1/11/Year%20of%20Mercy/1187 

-Archidiocèse d'Ottawa
Français : http://www.catholiqueottawa.ca/lannee-de-la-misericorde 
English: http://www.catholicottawa.ca/year-of-mercy 

-Diocese of St. Catharines
http://www.saintcd.com/2015/11/the-year-of-mercy/ 

-Diocese of Thunder Bay
http://www.dotb.ca/index.php/the-year-of-mercy 

-Diocese of Timmins
Pastoral Letter
http://www.dioctims.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Pastoral-Priority-2015-2106-E-signed.pdf 

-Archdiocese of Toronto
https://www.archtoronto.org/mercy 

Québec Pastoral Region:

-Diocèse d'Amos
http://www.diocese-amos.org/fr/misericorde 

-Diocèse de Baie-Comeau
http://www.diocese-bc.net/pages_html/communiques.htm#241115 

-Diocèse de Chicoutimi
http://www.evechedechicoutimi.qc.ca/page/jubile-de-la-misericorde/ 

-Diocèse de Gaspé
http://diocesegaspe.org/annee-jubilaire-de-la-misericorde/ 

-Archidiocèse de Gatineau
http://diocesegatineau.org/fr/index.php 

-Diocèse de Joliette
http://www.diocesedejoliette.org/archives/anneedelamisericorde%20declaration%208%20decembre%202015.pdf 

-Diocèse de Mont-Laurier
http://www.dioceseml.com/ouverture-de-la-porte-sainte 

-Archidiocèse de Montréal
Français : http://diocesemontreal.org/actualite/dossiers-speciaux/annee-de-la-misericorde.html 
English: http://diocesemontreal.org/en/news/news/special-topics/year-of-mercy.html 

-Diocèse de Nicolet
http://www.diocesenicolet.qc.ca/communications/communique146.php 

-Archidiocèse de Québec
http://beta.ecdq.org/blog/le-jubile-de-la-misericorde-vecu-au-sein-de-notre-diocese/ 

-Archidiocèse de Rimouski
http://www.dioceserimouski.com/lit/jub16/index.html 

-Diocèse de Rouyn-Noranda
http://www.diocese-rouyn-noranda.org/spip.php?article1127 

-Diocèse de Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière
http://diocese-ste-anne.net/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/decembre2015.pdf 

-Diocèse de Saint-Hyacinthe
http://www.diocese-st-hyacinthe.qc.ca/?p=2914 

-Diocèse de Saint-Jean-Longueuil
http://www.dsjl.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1798:prends-la-route&catid=123:uncategorised 

-Diocèse de Saint-Jérôme
http://diocesestj.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/programme-année-miséricorde-2015-16.pdf 

-Archidiocèse de Sherbrooke
http://diocesesher.sednove.ca/fr/annee-de-la-mise.snc 

-Diocèse de Trois-Rivières
http://www.diocese-trois-rivieres.org/jubilé-de-la-miséricorde.html 

-Diocèse de Valleyfield
http://www.diocesevalleyfield.org/fr/celebration-priere/jubile-de-la-misericorde 

Atlantic Pastoral Region:

-Diocese of Antigonish
http://www.antigonishdiocese.com/2015-11-23%20Year%20of%20Mercy%20Notes.pdf 

-Diocèse de Bathurst
Français : http://diocesebathurst.com/web/fr/a-propos/jubile-extraordinaire-de-la-misericorde   
English: http://diocesebathurst.com/web/en/diocese/extraordinary-jubilee-of-mercy 

-Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador
http://rcchurch.com/index.php/news/305/15/Holy-Door-Opened 

-Diocèse d'Edmundston
Pastoral Letter
http://www.diocese-edmundston.ca/en/docs1/jubilee_of_mercy-letter.pdf 
Lettre pastorale
http://www.diocese-edmundston.ca/fr/docs1/jubile_de_la_misericorde-lettre.pdf 

-Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth
http://www.halifaxyarmouth.org/index.php/archbishop-vicars/archbishop/letters-to-the-faithful/item/jubilee-indulgence-from-the-archbishop-dec-2015-eng-fr 

-Archdiocese of St. John's
http://rcsj.org/sites/default/files/Homily%20For%20Year%20of%20Mercy_0.pdf 

Roman Catholic Military Ordinariate of Canada

English: http://rcmilord.com/news.php?lang=en#27 
Français: http://rcmilord.com/news.php?lang=fr#28 

Resources from the Holy See

-The Pope's Video (Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network – Year of Mercy)
http://thepopevideo.org/fr%3Fq=en.html 

-Link to the Website of the Jubilee
http://www.iubilaeummisericordiae.va/content/gdm/en.html 

-Link to the Bull of Indiction titled in English "The Face of Mercy"
http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_letters/documents/papa-francesco_bolla_20150411_misericordiae-vultus.html 

-Holy Father's message to children and young teenagers for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/pont-messages/2016/documents/papa-francesco_20160106_messaggio-giubileo-ragazzi.html 

CCCB Resources

Office national de liturgie (French)
http://onl.cecc.ca/index.php/la-liturgie-du-jour/jubile-de-la-misericorde 

Links to various reports in the religious media

-On Salt + LIght TV:

1. http://saltandlighttv.org/blog/featured/pope-francis-announcement-of-jubilee-year-of-mercy 
2. http://saltandlighttv.org/blog/featured/jubilee-of-mercy-press-conference 
3. http://saltandlighttv.org/blog/fr-thomas-rosica/true-meaning-and-significance-of-the-jubilee-of-mercy 
4. http://saltandlighttv.org/blog/faith-education/pope-francis-jubilee-of-mercy-message-to-youth-merciful-like-the-father 
5. http://saltandlighttv.org/blog/featured/67546 
6. http://saltandlighttv.org/blog/tag/jubilee-of-mercy/page/2

-Présence information religieuse (In French only)

Liste complète des Portes de la miséricorde au Québec
http://presence-info.ca/article/eglises/liste-complete-des-portes-de-la-misericorde-au-quebec 

-On Redemptorist Television
Video series on the Year of Mercy
http://www.romancatholictv.com/ 

CCCB/CECC
January / Janvier 2016

Last Updated on Monday, September 19 2016  
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