Year of Mercy
OBSERVANCE OF THE EXTRAORDINARY JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY
Pope Francis announced an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy that would be celebrated in the Church beginning December 8, 2015 (The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary) and concluding November 20, 2016 (The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and the 50th Anniversary of the Closing of the Second Vatican Council).
Questions regarding the celebration of the Year of Mercy in the Diocese of Toledo may be directed to:
Director of the Office of Catechetical Formation
As part of its continuing celebration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Diocese of Toledo hosted a "Reflecting the Face of Mercy" conference on August 30 to equip parish and school leaders for three specific areas of pastoral outreach: to separated, divorced and remarried Catholics; to those involved in or affected by abortion; and to individuals and families impacted by same-sex attraction.
More than 360 people attended the all-day conference in Tiffin, Ohio, featuring a keynote address from Bishop Daniel E. Thomas (VIDEO) and three presentations accompanied by witness talks focused on the three specific areas of pastoral outreach. The conference concluded with a panel discussion with Bishop Thomas, the presenters and witness speakers.
Monica Martinez, Director of the Office for Marriage & Family for the Diocese of Toledo, presented on "Reflecting the Face of Mercy to Separated, Divorced & Remarried Catholics" (VIDEO).
Peter Range, Director of the Office for Life & Justice for Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo, presented on "Reflecting the Face of Mercy to Those Involved in or Affected by Abortion" (VIDEO).
Rev. Michael Dandurand, Pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, Assumption, and Chaplain to the local Courage chapter, presented on "Reflecting the Face of Mercy to Individuals and Families Impacted by Same-Sex Attraction" (VIDEO).
At least three members of every parish and Catholic school leadership team in the Diocese of Toledo were invited to attend the conference, including priests, deacons, consecrated religious, pastoral leaders, pastoral associates, directors of religious education, youth ministers, school principals, theology teachers and campus ministers.
The goal of the conference was to assist parish and school leaders in reaching out to these three specific groups, who for one reason or another, feel distanced from Christ and His Church.
More information on the Reflecting the Face of Mercy conference and other focused efforts during this Year of Mercy can be found at www.toledodiocese.org/yearofmercy.
Separation, Divorce, Remarriage
"Emerging Catholic Ministries Reach Out to the Divorced" (National Catholic Register)
"Is Annulment Just Catholic Divorce?" (Our Sunday Visitor)
"Top 10 annulment myths" (Our Sunday Visitor)
After the Abortion (Hope After Abortion)
Expressions of Healing and Thanks (Hope After Abortion)
How to Talk to a Friend Who's Had An Abortion (Hope After Abortion)
Portraits of Grief in the Aftermath of Abortion (Hope After Abortion)
"Rebuttals to arguments for same-sex marriage" (Our Sunday Visitor)
About Catholic Marriage (For Your Marriage)
Chastity & Sexual Formation
Year of Mercy
Opportunities to Practice the Corporal Works of Mercy (Catholic Charities Diocese of Toledo)
Pope Francis has announced that Catholics will have the opportunity to obtain a plenary indulgence in the Year of Mercy. To receive this indulgence, one must 1) perform the act which carries with it the indulgence: passing through a designated Holy Door during the Year of Mercy, or performing one of the corporal or spiritual works of mercy; and 2) fulfilling the usual conditions of having the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, receiving sacramental Confession and the Holy Eucharist, and praying for the intentions of the Holy Father.
Pope Francis opened the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on December 8, 2015, thereby officially inaugurating the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. On December 13, 2015, the Holy Door of all Cathedrals, and designated Churches, throughout the world were opened.
In preparation for their official opening on December 13, 2015, all Holy Doors in the Diocese of Toledo were sealed and adorned for the Jubilee just prior to the Vigil Mass of the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (Saturday, November 21, 2015).
Several weeks later, on December 13, 2015, the Holy Door at the following sites were formally opened for the faithful of the Diocese of Toledo to access throughout the Year of Mercy:
Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral
2535 Collingwood Boulevard Toledo, Ohio
(Holy Door to be accessible during the hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm; weekends shortly before, during and after all scheduled Masses and Confessions).
Sorrowful Mother Shrine
Bellevue 4106 State Route 269 Bellevue, Ohio
(Holy Door to be accessible during the hours: daily from 8:00 am to dusk)
Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation
Carey 315 Clay Street Carey, Ohio
(Holy Door to be accessible during the hours: every day of the week, 24 hours per day)
Divine Mercy Parish
Paulding 417 North Main Street Paulding, Ohio
(Holy Door to be accessible during the hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 7:00 pm; Saturdays 8:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sundays 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
The Corporal Works of Mercy
- Feed the hungry
- Give drink to the thirsty
- Clothe the naked
- Shelter the homeless
- Visit the sick
- Visit the imprisoned
- Bury the dead
The Spiritual Works of Mercy
- Admonish the sinner
- Instruct the ignorant
- Counsel the doubtful
- Comfort the sorrowful
- Bear wrongs patiently
- Forgive all injuries
- Pray for the living and the dead
- Feed the Hungry: St. Louis IX
- Give Drink to the Thirsty: St. Peter Claver
- Clothe the Naked: St. Martin of Tours
- Shelter the Homeless: St. John Vianney
- Visit the Sick: St. Vincent de Paul
- Bury the Dead: St. Teresa of Calcutta
- Visit the Imprisoned: St. John Bosco
- Instruct the Ignorant: St. Francis Xavier
- Counsel the Doubtful: St. Ignatius of Loyola
- Admonish Sinners: St. Francis of Assisi
- Bear Wrongs Patiently: St. Therese of Lisieux
- Forgive Offenses Willingly: Pope St. John Paul II
- Comfort the Afflicted: St. Bernadette Soubirous
- Pray for the Living and the Dead: St. Pio of Pietrelcina
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CATHOLIC CHARITIES --- DIOCESE OF TOLEDO
YEAR OF MERCY
OPPORTUNITES TO PRACTICE THE CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY
FEED THE HUNGRY
- Volunteer to prepare or serve meals at our Helping Hands of St. Louis Outreach Center in Toledo – contact Dan Stephens at 419-244-6711.
- Donate food to HOPE Food Pantry in Mansfield – contact Rebecca Owens at 419-524-0733.
- Volunteer to work in the HOPE Food Pantry in Mansfield – contact Dan Stephens at 419-244-6711.
- Donate food to Helping Hands of St. Louis Food Pantry in Toledo – contact Paul Cook at 419-691-0613.
- Donate food store gift cards for clients of Catholic Charities that struggle with purchasing food for their family – contact Catholic Charities at 419-244-6711.
- Donate food to the La Posada Family Emergency Shelter – contact Willi Meyer at 419-244-5931.
- Sponsor a holiday meal for a family in our Supportive Housing Program – contact Vickie Williams at 419-244-6711.
SHELTER THE HOMELESS
- Assist in sheltering the homeless by donating personal hygiene items, home cleaning supplies, sheets, blankets and pillows to La Posada Family Emergency Shelter – contact Willi Meyer at 419-244-5931.
CLOTHE THE NAKED
- Donate new or gently used clothes, winter coats, scarves, hats and other apparel to our Helping Hands of St. Louis Clothing Center – contact Paul Cook at 419-691-0613.
- Donate winter coats, hats and scarves to those visiting our HOPE Food Pantry in Mansfield – contact Rebecca Owens at 419-524-0733.
VISIT THE SICK
- Visit with the elderly clients in our Adult Advocacy Services program – Erie and Huron County contact Carol Wheeler at 419-668-3073; Richland County call Tara Shambaugh at 419-524-0733.
VISIT THE IMPRISONED
- Pray for those that are in jail/prison.
- Pray for those recently released from jail/prison.
- Donate funds to assist those recently released from jail/prison in securing a State Identification or Birth Certificate – contact Catholic Charities at 419-244-6711.
GIVE TO THE POOR
- Donate home cleaning supplies and personal hygiene products to clients in our Supportive Housing program - contact Vickie Williams at 419-245-6711.
- Offer employment or volunteer opportunity to unemployed Catholic Charities clients – contact Dave Moebius 419-244-6711.
- Donate baby diapers, blankets, bassinets, clothing and other items to those seeking assistance through Catholic Charities – contact Catholic Charities at 419-244-6711.
BURY THE DEAD
- Donate funds to those clients that do not have enough assets to purchase burial services – contact Jeff Grilliot at 419-244-6711.
- Prayer for women and their families that are in a post-abortion situation – contact Clarissa Lapinski at 419-583-6817.
- Volunteer for Catholic Charities ministries and projects occurring throughout the Diocese of Toledo – contact Dan Stephens at 419-244-6711.
Our Lady of Consolation Basilica and National Shrine Year of Mercy Celebration
October 2 Celebrant: Fr. David Schalk
- August Novena Preacher 2015
Our Lady of Consolation Basilica and National Shrine Year of Mercy Celebration
November 13 Celebrant: (Year of Mercy closing) Fr. Ronald A. Schock
- Pastor St. Joseph, Monroeville and St. Alphonsus, Peru
Resources for Teachers and Catechists:
RCL Benziger: Jubilee Year of Mercy
The Religion Teacher: Jubilee of Mercy Activities and Worksheets
YouTube Videos Correlated with the 4 Pillars of the Catechism – for Junior High/High School Faith Formation
Confessional Door Oak Relief Panels honoring the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
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Miriam, sister of Moses
Conversion of Saint Paul
Pharisee and the Publican