Some months ago the Holy Father, Pope Francis, promulgated an extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy to begin on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8th and end on the Solemnity of Christ the King, November 26, 2016.
The Vatican defines a Jubilee Year as a year of reconciliation between adversaries, a time for conversion, and a time to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. A Jubilee Year is, above all, the year of Christ, who brings life and grace to humanity. While Jubilee Years are promulgated every 25 years, this year’s is an extraordinary Jubilee Year – the fourth only, in the history of the Church.
The theme of the Jubilee Year is, “Merciful Like the Father.” Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy – the answer to evil. St. Pope John Paul II reminded us often during his papacy, “The limit imposed upon evil, of which man is both perpetrator and victim, is ultimately Divine Mercy.”
During the Jubilee Years, certain doors throughout the world are designated as Holy Doors to be opened in Cathedrals and other chosen churches or shrines for the purpose of indulgence and pilgrimage. The Holy Doors, symbolically and mystically, represent Christ who is the Door by which we pass to a life of grace and eventually into Heaven.
St. Stanislaus Kostka, has been chosen as one of the places of pilgrimage during this Jubilee Year of Mercy, and therefore our doors have been designated as Holy Doors. Quite providentially, thanks to a benefactor, we will have new doors to St. Stanislaus Kostka, hopefully in time for the beginning of the Jubilee Year. The doors, hand-made by Krzysztof Kalata, are strong and regal, and will be a noble invitation to all pilgrims to enter in faith for an encounter with the benevolent Christ who will bestow mercy upon those who are sincerely repentant of past failings.
We are blessed to have been chosen as a place of pilgrimage during the Jubilee Year of Mercy. We pray that God bestow on us the grace of docility and receptivity to the transforming grace of the Holy Spirit to make each and every one a disciple of The Divine Mercy.
Sincerely in the Mercy of Jesus,
Fr. Anthony Bus C.R., Pastor