This past Tuesday, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis opened the “Holy Door” at the Vatican Basilica of Saint Peter and became the first pilgrim to pass through it as an extraordinary “Holy Year of Mercy” was opened for all the Church. Until November 20, 2016 we will each have the opportunity to make pilgrimage to one of the Patriarchal Basilicas or Rome, to the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary Queen of the Universe and the Cathedral of Saint James, or to sites provided in each Diocese of the world which will serve as the place where a “Holy Door” has been opened, in order to receive the grace and indulgence attached to it.
O God, author of true freedom, who desired to gather the whole human race into one people, unshackled from the chains of slavery, and who give to us a time of mercy and forgiveness; grant that your Church, ever expanding in freedom and peace, may brilliantly shine out to all as a sacrament of salvation and make known and active in the world the mystery of your love.
May this Holy Year be a time of grace and reconciliation for the Church and for the world around us.
Please come and join us TODAY for our annual display of Nativity Scenes, “A Pilgrimage to Bethlehem” which is taking place in Saint John Bosco Hall.
As is our custom on the 4th Sunday of Advent, I would invite you to bring the Infant Jesus from your own Christmas Nativity Scenes to be blessed next Sunday at all of our Masses.
May the almighty and merciful God, by whose grace you have placed your faith in the First Coming of his Only Begotten Son, and for whom you yearn for him to come again, sanctify you by the radiance of Christ’s Advent and enrich you with his blessing!