The Jubilee of Mercy was announced by Pope Francis as a year to be lived intensely in each particular Church, allowing every person to encounter the mercy of God the Father through diligent labor for the Church’s mission there. The most evident sign of this pastoral care is the chance to open a Door of Mercy in every diocese. These doors, analogous to the Holy Doors of the Papal Basilicas in Rome, will permit even people who cannot travel to Rome to make a Jubilee pilgrimage.
In the Diocese of Rockville Centre, Bishop Murphy has chosen to open a Door of Mercy at the diocesan Cathedral, the Cathedral of Saint Agnes in Rockville Centre.
In addition to the Door of Mercy at the Cathedral, Bishop Murphy has designated three additional sites for the opening of other Doors of Mercy: the Shrines of particular importance, especially where there is the happy possibility that the many faithful who visit the shrine may always encounter the merciful embrace of the Father in confession.
They are: the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington; the Basilica of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Southampton and the Shrine of Our Lady of the Island, Eastport.
It is good for the extraordinary possibility for the Jubilee indulgence to be recognized by the faithful precisely as an opportunity out of the ordinary, so that they may live it as a time particularly fitting for embarking on the path of conversion. Fostering the proper appreciation for the special sign of the Door of Mercy will facilitate this invitation to conversion.
One can obtain the Jubilee indulgence by making a pilgrimage to one of the four Jubilee Churches in our diocese and fulfilling the other necessary conditions: experiencing the Sacrament of Reconciliation, receiving the Holy Eucharist, making a profession of faith, praying for the pope and for his intentions.
In particular, taking into consideration the spirit of this Holy Year, it is suggested that pilgrims recite the prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee, and that they conclude the time of prayer with an invocation to the merciful Lord Jesus (for example, “Merciful Jesus, I trust in You”).