All students are invited to join the local parishes on Saturday 7th May for a pilgrimage to the Holy Door at the Cathedral. Pope Francis designated this year a Jubilee Year of Mercy. Like previous jubilees, it is seen by the Church as a period for remission of sins and universal pardon focusing particularly on God's forgiveness and mercy. The Jubilee of Mercy was formally declared through the papal bull, Misericordiæ Vultus, issued on April 11, 2015, which emphasizes the importance of mercy and the need to 'gaze' upon the face of Christ. The holy doors of the major basilicas in Rome were opened at the beginning of the Year, and special 'Doors of Mercy' have been opened at cathedrals around the world. By passing through the holy doors, the faithful can receive an indulgence after fulfilling the usual conditions of prayer for the Pope's intentions, Confession, and detachment from sin, and Holy Communion.
We will be starting at 12.15pm at St Peter's Cathedral on Balmoral Rd (LA1 2HU) with weekday Mass and then the actual pilgrimage will begin at 1pm with a procession from the Martyrs Memorial on the hillside above the Cathedral (near the Grammar School) where our Catholic martyrs were hanged, drawn and quartered. We will then walk down the hill to the Cathedral, praying the Rosary, before entering through the Holy Door to receive our Jubilee Indulgence. This will be followed by a time of prayer and adoration in the Cathedral, with several priests from across the Deanery available for Confession. The occasion will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate God's mercy and an encouragement to live it in our own lives.