"Merciful like the Father": The Jubilee of Mercy

Click here to find the Prayer for the Year of Mercy.

On Friday, March 13, 2015, Pope Francis announced the extraordinary Holy Year, the Jubilee of Mercy.  (Click for his letter and announcement of the year.) This Holy Year began on December 8, 2015, as Pope Francis opened the Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica, continuing a long tradition of opening the Holy Year Door at St. Peter's Basilica. It will conclude on November 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.  

Read the Bull of Indiction for the Extraordinary Year of Mercy, Misericordiae Vultus.

We followed in the footsteps of Pope Francis on December 8th as Archbishop Aymond opened the Holy Year door at St. Louis Cathedral, pictured above.  While simply a door, it is one filled with rich symbolism and importance in our celebration of Holy Years. In the Gospels, Jesus reminds us that he is the door through which we enter into the pasture of the Good Shepherd; passing from a life filled with hatred, injustice, and judgement into one filled with the embracing love, compassion, and mercy of God. In order to reach the Holy Year Door, whether in Rome or in our own cathedral in New Orleans, we must make a pilgrimage and embrace the call to conversion. Let us pray that we may cross the threshold into a life of mercy towards all, just as God has been merciful with us.

The Vatican has launched a website for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy: www.iubilaeummisericordiae.va. Locally, we have created several resources for #NOLACatholics seeking more information. You can find documents related to and explanations of the Year of Mercy by clicking here.


Try, Show, Live Mercy


Traveling Mercies: A Toolbox for the Jubilee

NEW! On January 27 the Office of Evangelization hosted a webinar with panelists from various archdiocesan offices titled, Unpacking the Toolbox". If you missed it or want to watch it again, view it by clicking here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9l56XMFH6wU.

To help prepare our Parishes, Schools, Campus Ministries, and other organiziations to live out the Jubilee of Mercy, the Jubilee Committee, led by Fr. David Caron, the Vicar of Evangelization, is preparing a toolbox of resources that will be given to every parish, school, and campus minsitry center.  

This resource kit, titled "Traveling Mercies: A Toolbox for the Jubilee", will include: An Introductory Letter from Archbishop Aymond and Introductory Brochure about the Jubilee of Mercy, a Jubilee Holy Card, Descriptions and Practical Applications of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy, Year of Mercy Pilgrimage Sites, Key Concepts for the Jubilee, Service Opportunities accompanied with Theological Reflection, Mercy Intercessions in English, Spanish and Vietnamese, and much more.  Parishes and schools will also find a listing of topics and speakers to invite to be part of parish, school and ministry observances of the Holy Year. Many of the resources are also available to download here.

Materials from the toolkit are also available for bulk order. Please see the order form here.

Additonal Year of Mercy Banners are also available for purchase for $48.

#NOLACatholic Vicar for Evangelization named "Missionary of Mercy"

Pope Francis has designated Father David Caron, OP, the Vicar for Evangelization for the Archdiocese of New Orleans as a Missionary of Mercy as part of the Year of Mercy. Fr. Caron will travel to Rome with the other priests designated as Missionaries of Mercy from around the world for a meeting with Pope Francis on February 9, 2016, to discuss what it means to be a Missionary of Mercy. The following day on Ash Wednesday, there will be a solemn Eucharistic Celebration during which the Holy Father will confer the mandate to the Missionaries. We look forward to hearing more about this important work in this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. Please pray for Fr. Caron as he journeys to Rome and for all of us that we may, in our own way be missionaries of God’s love and mercy to all we meet.

Save the Dates

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 12:05 pm
Opening of the Holy Year Door
Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis King of France

Monday, January 18, 2016
MLK Day of Service
Please contact The Office of Black Catholic Ministries at bcatholics@arch-no.org for more information

Thursday, February 25, 2016 7:00pm

Evenings of Mercy: Donna Doolen

St. Ann Church and National Shrine, New Orleans

An hour of spiritual growth including song, prayer, sacred scripture, speaker and reflection, recitation of the Holy Rosary and Chaplet of The Divine Mercy

All are invited: 5th grade through college

Click here for the flyer

Friday, February 26 - Saturday, February 27, 2016

Divine Mercy Conference

St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, New Orleans

Visit DivineMercyNOLA.com for more information

Saturday, March 12, 2016
Abbey Youth Fest
Please contact Christine Baglow at cbaglow@sjasc.org or your parish for more information

Sunday, April 3, 2016, time 3:00pm
Divine Mercy Mass
St. Joseph Church, New Orleans


Plus check out "Mercy through the Arts" with Mercy through Movies and Mercy through Music

Mercy through Movies

All films shown at St. Dominic’s Church, 775 Harrison Ave, in New Orleans and begin at 6:30 pm.

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015
“Places in the Heart”(1984) with Sally Field

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016
“The Straight Story” (1999) with Richard Farnsworth

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016
“Sweet Land” (2005) with Elizabeth Reaser

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
“The Blind Side (2009) with Sandra Bullock

Mercy through Music

Gospelfest TBA (late September 2016)

The Year of Mercy in the news!

Year of Mercy will provide opportunities for grace - The Clarion Herald 11/23/2015

Energized Dioceses Put Year of Mercy in Motion - National Catholic Register 12/03/2015

Nine local pilgrimage sites set for Year of Mercy - The Clarion Herald 1/16/2016

Mercy is a Feast - The Clarion Herald 1/19/2016

Concepts for the Year of Mercy - The Clarion Herald 1/27/2016

Nine local pilgrimage sites set for Year of Mercy

A special thanks to WLAE-TV for broadcasting Mass live and to WWL-TV Ch 4, WVUE Fox 8 and WGNO for joining us at Mass for the opening of the Holy Year on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception!