Dec. 8-2015—Nov. 20, 2016
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has designated Dec. 8, 2015, through Nov. 20, 2016, as a Jubilee Year, a Holy Year of Mercy throughout the Church. In his announcement, Pope Francis wrote that “in every local church, at the cathedral—the mother church of the faithful in any particular area—or, alternatively, at the co-cathedral or another church of special significance, a Door of Mercy will be opened for the duration of the Holy Year. At the discretion of the local ordinary, a similar door may be opened at any shrine frequented by large groups of pilgrims, since visits to these holy sites are so often grace-filled moments as people discover a path to conversion.”
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Holy Doors Open Dec. 13
The diocese is offering a special round-the-clock event called “24 Hours of Mercy” beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 4 at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Bismarck.
The church will be open for 24 hours with many priests from the diocese available to hear confessions. Adoration of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament will also be taking place during this time.
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All Catholics who visit one of these churches and its Holy Door of Mercy on pilgrimage and who fulfill the conditions ordinarily attached to an indulgence (remission of temporal punishment for sins already forgiven, see canon 992) shall, with the proper intention and disposition, receive the plenary Jubilee Indulgence available during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. The conditions for receiving this plenary indulgence are:
1. Must be a baptized Catholic in the state of grace (free from mortal sin) at time of indulgenced work (pilgrimage).
2. Must internally express a detachment from and rejection of sin at time of indulgenced work (pilgrimage).
3. Must make a sacramental confession within several days before or after the time of indulgenced work (pilgrimage), preferably, but not required, on the day itself.
4. Must receive Holy Communion within several days before or after the time of indulgenced work (pilgrimage), preferably, but not required, on the day itself.
5. Must pray for the intention of the Holy Father at the time of the indulgenced work (pilgrimage) fully satisfied by reciting one Our Father and one Hail Mary; nevertheless, one has the option of reciting any other prayer according to individual piety and devotion, if recited for this intention.
Anyone with questions regarding the Holy Door of Mercy or the receipt of the plenary Jubilee Indulgence should contact their parish priest.