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Bishop Murphy to open Jubilee Year of Mercy in St. Agnes Cathedral on Dec. 12 at 5pm Print E-mail

Four Places of Pilgrimage with Holy Doors Established on Long Island

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. – November 25, 2015 – Pope Francis has called for a Jubilee Year of Mercy to begin Tuesday, December 8, 2015 and to continue until November 22, 2016. “With gratitude to the Holy Father for this initiative, I invite us all to set out on a pilgrimage of mercy here in our diocese beginning on December 12,” said the Most. Rev. William Murphy, bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre. “Inspired by the pope’s letter, Misericordiae Vultus, we as a Church will have many opportunities to live mercy and to let the Father’s mercy flood our hearts and make our hearts like that of His Son.”

In the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Bishop Murphy will open the Jubilee Year of Mercy on December 12, 2015 when he celebrates the 5 p.m. Mass in the Cathedral of Saint Agnes. During this Mass, he will officially designate the Cathedral as one of four places of pilgrimage in the Diocese of Rockville Centre during the Year of Mercy and open the Cathedral’s Holy Door of Mercy. This Mass will air live on Telecare, the Diocesan television station on Cablevision channel 29/137, Verizon FiOS channel 296 and Time Warner Cable channel 471. Viewers can also watch the Mass online at www.telecaretv.org.

In addition to the Cathedral, the following places of worship have been designated as places of pilgrimage and each will have a Mass celebrated by an auxiliary bishop along with an official opening of a Holy Door of Mercy.

  • Basilica of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Southampton (168 Hill Street, Southampton, New York -- http://shjmbasilica.org/). On Sunday, December 13 at 9:30 a.m., Bishop Nelson Perez, auxiliary bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre will celebrate Mass and open the Holy Door of Mercy at the Basilica.
  • Shrine of Our Lady of the Island, Eastport (258 Eastport Manor Road, Manorville, New York 11949 -- http://www.ourladyoftheisland.org/). On Saturday, December 19 at 11:30 a.m., Bishop Andrzej Zglejszewski, auxiliary bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre will celebrate Mass and open the Holy Door of Mercy at the Shrine.
  • Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington (440 West Neck Road, Huntington, NY 11743 -- http://www.icseminary.edu/). On Saturday, December 19 at 4:30 p.m., Bishop Robert Brennan, auxiliary bishop, Diocese of Rockville Centre will celebrate Mass and open the Holy Door of Mercy at the Seminary.

Each pilgrimage site will have a specific day each and every week during the Jubilee Year when priests and others will be available to receive pilgrims who come to enter through the Holy Door to confess their sins, pray before the Blessed Sacrament, join in devotions and receive the Lord’s blessing in Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Weekly Schedule at Jubilee Churches for the Year of Mercy

Tuesdays
Cathedral of St. Agnes – 1 Quealy Place, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
- Mass (12:10 p.m.)
- Exposition and Adoration
- Confessions
- Chaplet of Mercy
- Benediction (4:00 p.m.)

Wednesdays
Seminary of the Immaculate Conception – 440 West Neck Road, Huntington, NY 11743
- Optional lunch (12 Noon)
- Tours of the Seminary (1:00 p.m.)
- Rosary (1:45 p.m.)
- Exposition and Adoration (2:00 p.m.)
- Confessions (2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)
- Vespers and Benediction (4:00 p.m.)

Thursdays
Basilica of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary – 168 Hill Street, Southampton, NY 11968
- Beginning with Mass at Noon
- Confessions
- Exposition and Adoration
- Tours of the Basilica (as arranged)
- Devotions to Divine Mercy in Spanish (3:00 p.m.)
- Benediction (4:00 p.m.)

Saturdays
Shrine of Our Lady of the Island, 258 Eastport Manner Road, Manorville, NY 11949
- Beginning with Mass at 11:30 a.m.
- Exposition and Adoration
- Confessions
- Chaplet of Mercy
- Benediction (4:00 p.m.)

As with other jubilee years, the Holy Father has instructed that special indulgences be available for the faithful through the duration of the Year of Mercy. Here is how to receive one.

For able-bodied Catholics:

  • Take a pilgrimage. Make a journey to one of the four Holy Doors in the Diocese or one of the four Holy Doors in the four papal basilicas in Rome. Crossing through the Holy Door is a spiritual journey that signals, as the Holy Father said, “the deep desire for true confession.”
  • Go to Confession.
  • Receive the Holy Eucharist “with a reflection of mercy.”
  • Make a profession of faith.
  • Pray for the pope and for his intentions.

For the elderly, confined and the ill:

  • Pope Francis said they may obtain the indulgence by “living with faith and joyful hope during this moment of trial.
  • Receiving the Eucharist,
  • Or by attending Mass and community prayer, “even through the various means of communication.”

What is an Indulgence?
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (No. 1471): “An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minster of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints. An indulgence is partial or plenary accordingly as it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin>’ Indulgences may be applied to the living or the dead.

For more information about the Jubilee Year of Mercy visit www.im.va and drvc.org.