08/12/2015 9:20 am
Pope Francis has expressed that the Year of Mercy has an evangelising intention. His desire is that the year ‘will be steeped in mercy, so that we can go out to every man and woman, bringing the goodness and tenderness of God! May the balm of mercy reach everyone, both believers and those far away, as a sign that the Kingdom of God is already present in our midst!’ (Bull of Indiction 5)
Every parish, Catholic family and individual is invited to consider how they might participate in this task of sharing the ‘balm of mercy’.
One way we can reach out to others is through inviting them to attend a local Year of Mercy event with us and / or to go through a Holy Door. You may find the invitation card provided below by our Home Mission Desk useful.
Individual Invitation Card (A6) 2.27 MB
We are also providing a Visitor's Guide that can be printed out and made available in churches where holy doors are located. The Guide is written very simply to cater for very occasional church visitors. The resource is called: ' Visitors Guide to a Year of Mercy Holy Door 2.90 MB '. Please feel free to photocopy it.
During the Year of Mercy, some additional questions for reflection, in service of local evangelisation, are:
"During this Jubilee, the Church will be called even more to heal these wounds, to assuage them with the oil of consolation, to bind them with mercy and cure them with solidarity and vigilant care... May we reach out to them and support them so they can feel the warmth of our presence, our friendship, and our fraternity! May their cry become our own, and together may we break down the barriers of indifference that too often reign supreme and mask our hypocrisy and egoism!"
Pope Francis, Misericordiae Vultus, Bull of Indiction 15