Pope Francis has declared a Jubilee Year of Mercy: twelve months for us to focus on and deepen our gratitude for the loving mercy of God (Dec. 8, 2015- Nov. 1, 2016). In this year, we are encouraged by grace to accept God’s boundless mercy and to give it to others as well. As with all jubilee years, the Jubilee Year of Mercy will include the use of a Holy Door of Mercy, a specially designated entrance that has spiritual and symbolic meaning for Catholics.
Passing through a Holy Door is part of the pilgrimage that all Catholics are encouraged to make during a Jubilee year, whether during a trip to Rome or a trip to the cathedrals or specially designated churches in their own dioceses. These pilgrimages come with special graces, and they allow each of us to share in the many blessings of the Holy Year.
St. Mary of the Angels Church is one of a select number of churches in western New York designated by Most Rev. Richard Malone, Bishop of Buffalo, to open a Holy Door of Mercy during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy which began December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.
The Holy Door of Mercy at St. Mary of the Angels was opened on Sunday, December 13, the day all designated Doors of Mercy throughout the world were to be opened—five days after Pope Francis opened the principle Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Very Rev. Gregory Dobson, pastor of St. Mary’s, officially blessed the Holy Door of Mercy which Rev. David Tourvil, parochial vicar, opened in a centuries-old rite during the celebration of the regularly-scheduled 9:00 am Mass. The door will close with similar ceremonies on the final day of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Tuesday, November 1, 2016—Feast of All Saints which is a Holy Day of Obligation.
Plan your Visit! We welcome you to pass through our Holy Door of Mercy and enjoy the spiritual benefits the Jubilee year brings. For more information about your pilgrimage to St. Mary of the Angels’ Holy Door of Mercy, please check out the six separate links below explaining different aspects of your Jubilee year journey. For specific information, please call our main phone line: 716-372-4841 Monday-Tuesday and Friday 9am-4pm; Wednesday and Thursday 9am-2pm.
“The fullness of grace can transform the human heart and enable it to do something so great as to change the course of human history.” –Pope Francis–homily, Year of Mercy