The Door of Mercy at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria

Holy Door

The beginning of the Jubilee Year is always solemnly marked by the opening of a Holy Door by the Pope in St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. However, for this Jubilee of Mercy Pope Francis also wanted a Door of Mercy in each diocese so that everyone throughout the world may be able to celebrate the Jubilee. In St. Catharines, this door is at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandrial.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Doors Throughout the
JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY

Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria
67 Church Street, St. Catharines
will be open
weekdays 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.;

Saturdays 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.;
Sundays 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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Parishes or organizations who want to come on a pilgrimage to the Holy Doors may call
the Cathedral office at
905-684-3964

Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. to book a date and time.
A tour and prayer service can also be arranged.

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A Holy Hour of Mercy will be celebrated throughout the Jubilee Year of Mercy on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. with Adoration, Benediction and Reconciliation.

The ritual opening of the Holy Door of Mercy in the Basilica of St. Peter will occur on December 8th, on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. This will mark the official start of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Pope Francis is asking that in every diocese and in churches and shrines designated by the diocesan bishop, there will also be a celebration of the rite of opening of the Holy Door in unity with the Universal Church so all can participate and obtain the indulgences promised in this Jubilee Year.

With the oppening of the Door of Mercy we remember:

– The mystery of God, rich in mercy and compassion (Eph 2:4 and Jas 5:11), manifested and brought about in Christ, the Father’s face of mercy (MV, 1), continually at work through the gift of the Holy Spirit (Jn 20:22-23);
– the recognition of Christ as the sole door through which we enter salvation (cf. Jn 10:9) and the one way that leads to the Father (Jn 14:6);
– the Church’s ongoing pilgrimage toward “Jesus Christ (who) is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb 13:8).

The Diocese of St. Catharines will celebrate the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy and the opening of the Door of Mercy with Mass at the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Alexandria on Tuesday December 8th at 7:00 pm.

 

Learn more about the Holy Door of Mercy and the Year of Mercy on:

Year of Mercy Indulgence

Celebrate the Rite of Opening of the Door of Mercy in Local Churches

All you need to know about the Door of Mercy in the Sanctuary of Lourdes