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 

-Archdiocese of Edmonton 

-Archdiocese of Grouard-McLennan
Monthly reflections for the Year of Mercy 

-Diocese of Kamloops 

-Diocese of Prince Albert

-Diocese of Prince George 

-Archdiocese of Regina 

-Archdiocese of Saint Boniface
Français : 

-Diocese of Saint Paul
Pastoral Letter 

-Diocese of Saskatoon 

-Archdiocese of Vancouver 

-Diocese of Victoria
Video series with Bishop Gary Gordon 

-Archdiocese of Winnipeg
Pastoral Letter,_december_2,_2015.pdf 

Ontario Pastoral Region:

-Diocese of Alexandria-Cornwall 

-Diocese of Hamilton 

-Archdiocese of Kingston 

-Diocese of London 

-Archidiocèse d'Ottawa
Français : 

-Diocese of St. Catharines 

-Diocese of Thunder Bay 

-Diocese of Timmins
Pastoral Letter 

-Archdiocese of Toronto 

Québec Pastoral Region:

-Diocèse d'Amos 

-Diocèse de Baie-Comeau 

-Diocèse de Chicoutimi 

-Diocèse de Gaspé 

-Archidiocèse de Gatineau 

-Diocèse de Joliette 

-Diocèse de Mont-Laurier 

-Archidiocèse de Montréal
Français : 

-Diocèse de Nicolet 

-Archidiocèse de Québec 

-Archidiocèse de Rimouski 

-Diocèse de Rouyn-Noranda 

-Diocèse de Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière 

-Diocèse de Saint-Hyacinthe 

-Diocèse de Saint-Jean-Longueuil 

-Diocèse de Saint-Jérômeée-miséricorde-2015-16.pdf 

-Archidiocèse de Sherbrooke 

-Diocèse de Trois-Rivièresé-de-la-miséricorde.html 

-Diocèse de Valleyfield 

Atlantic Pastoral Region:

-Diocese of Antigonish 

-Diocèse de Bathurst
Français :   

-Diocese of Corner Brook and Labrador 

-Diocèse d'Edmundston
Pastoral Letter 
Lettre pastorale 

-Archdiocese of Halifax-Yarmouth 

-Archdiocese of St. John's 

Roman Catholic Military Ordinariate of Canada


Resources from the Holy See

-The Pope's Video (Pope's Worldwide Prayer Network – Year of Mercy) 

-Link to the Website of the Jubilee 

-Link to the Bull of Indiction titled in English "The Face of Mercy" 

-Holy Father's message to children and young teenagers for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy 

CCCB Resources

Office national de liturgie (French) 

Links to various reports in the religious media

-On Salt + LIght TV:


-Présence information religieuse (In French only)

Liste complète des Portes de la miséricorde au Québec 

-On Redemptorist Television
Video series on the Year of Mercy 

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Last Updated on Monday, September 19 2016  
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