Door of Mercy

YOM logoIn the bull of indiction Misericordiae Vultus, Pope Francis decreed that the Holy Year of Mercy will begin on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, December 8, 2015, with the opening of the Holy Door in the Basilica of St. Peter at the Vatican.  On the following Sunday, December 13, the Third Sunday of Advent, the Holy Father decreed that “in every local church, at the cathedral—the mother church of the faithful in any particular area—…a Door of Mercy will be opened for the duration of the Holy Year” (MV, 3).
The Rite of the Opening of the Door of Mercy in the Diocese of Lafayette will be celebrated by Bishop Michael Jarrell at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Lafayette on Sunday, December 13, 2015, at 10:45 a.m.  It will include the celebration of the 11:00 a.m. Mass.  All are invited to attend.