The motto and the logo come together to offer a synthesis of the ideal underlying the Jubilee Year.
The motto Merciful Like the Father (taken from the Gospel of Luke, 6:36) serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of the Father who asks us not to judge or condemn but to forgive and to give love and forgiveness without measure (cfr. Lk 6:37-38).
The logo–the work of Jesuit Father Marko I. Rupnik–is in itself a concentrated summa theologiae of the theme of mercy. It represents, in fact, an image very dear to the early Church, i.e. the love of Christ who brings the mystery of his incarnation to fulfillment with the redemption. The logo has been conceived in such a way that the Good Shepherd touches humanity’s flesh so deeply and with such love as to bring about a radical change. One feature of the logo which cannot fail to emerge is how, having raised humanity onto his shoulders in a gesture which demonstrates extreme mercy, the eyes of the Good Shepherd and those of Adam become united so that Christ sees through the eyes of Adam, and vice-versa. Every man and woman thus discovers in Christ, the new Adam, his or her own humanity and the future to come, contemplating in the eyes of Christ the Father’s love.
The scene is set within a mandorla (an almond shape), a device dear to early and medieval iconography, which underlines the presence of the two natures–divine and human–in Christ.
The three concentric ovals, progressively lighter in colour as they extend towards the outer edge, suggests the dynamic by which Christ carries humanity out of the night of sin and death. Conversely, the depth of the darker colour suggests the impenetrability of the love of the Father who forgives all.
The Official Year of Mercy Website can be found at www.im.va
Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
“If you knew the gift of God!”
You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with His anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this of you, Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of
Mercy; you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and
Corporal Works of Mercy
Spiritual Works of Mercy
Entering the Jubilee Door of Mercy at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Thunder Bay.
For those who make a pilgrimage to the Door of Mercy at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Thunder Bay and who meet the requirements described below, a plenary indulgence may be obtained once a day.
What is an Indulgence?
The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains: The doctrine and practice of indulgences in the Church are closely linked to the effects of the sacrament of Penance.
"An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt 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 satisfactions of Christ and the saints." "An indulgence is partial or plenary according as it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin." The faithful can gain indulgences for themselves or apply them to the dead. (CCC, 1471)
How Does One Receive an Indulgence During the Jubilee of Mercy?
Pope Francis explains in the Letter of his Holiness Pope Francis According to Which an Indulgence is Granted to the Faithful on the Occasion of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy:
I wish that the Jubilee Indulgence may reach each one as a genuine experience of God’s mercy, which comes to meet each person in the Face of the Father who welcomes and forgives, forgetting completely the sin committed.
To experience and obtain the Indulgence, the faithful are called to make a brief pilgrimage to the Holy Door, open in every Cathedral or in the churches designated by the Diocesan Bishop, and in the four Papal Basilicas in Rome, as a sign of the deep desire for true conversion.
Likewise, I dispose that the Indulgence may be obtained in the Shrines in which the Door of Mercy is open and in the churches which traditionally are identified as Jubilee Churches.
It is important that this moment be linked, first and foremost, to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and to the celebration of the Holy Eucharist with a reflection on mercy. It will be necessary to accompany these celebrations with the profession of faith and with prayer for me and for the intentions that I bear in my heart for the good of the Church and of the entire world.
The Requirements in Brief for Gaining a Plenary Indulgence:
Jubilee for Catechists - Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, see the link below for resources and video.
Note: If your parish is hosting a Year of Mercy related event please contact the Pastoral Centre to have your event added here.
Past Event (April 23rd, 2016)
Pilgrims from Fort Frances and Thunder Bay visit and walk through the door of mercy at St. Patrick Cathedral. Msgr. Pat Stilla then gave a tour of the Cathedral to the pilgrims. The previous night of the 22nd of April, Michael Chiasson gave a talk to the pilgrims and those who attended St. Peters Church.
Past Event (April 3rd, 2016) St Anne's Parish loaned a relic of Saint Faustina to St. Agnes Church for the Divine Mercy Sunday prayer service. (See additional photo's in the photo gallery.)
Part 1 of 3 (April 2016) - Msgr. Pat Stilla - Understanding Scripture Series #3
Part 2 of 3 (April 2016) - Msgr. Pat Stilla - Understanding Scripture Series #3
Part 3 of 3 (May 2016) - Msgr. Pat Stilla - Understanding Scripture Series #3
6 Sessions of Msgr. Pat Stilla are now available on DVD for those who can't watch the online version of his talks. These sessions are from October 2015, and April/May 2016. Please contact the Diocese to purchase one or all of these sessions.
Msgr. Pat Stilla will be presenting 3 sessions related to the Year of Mercy. The topics are The Church of Christ, Understanding the Gospels of Mercy and Forgiveness, and The Sacraments in the Gospels of Christ: Hope, Light and Joy.
Parts 1 and 2 (February 15th, 2016) - Dr. Bryan Thatcher - Eucharistic Apostles of Divine Mercy
Friday April 1st, 2016 from 20:00 to 24:00
Jubilee for those devoted to the Spirituality of Divine Mercy
Night of Reconciliation Jubilee Churches open for penance services and confessions
Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 from 11:00 to 18:00
Jubilee for Boys and Girls
Piazza of Mercy Arrival at Saint Peter's for confessions Passage through the Holy Door and profession of faith at the Tomb of Peter From 18:00 to 20:00 Travel from Saint Peter's Square to the Olympic Stadium.