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 Year of Mercy Resources

On ​​​​May 15, 2015, Pope Francis announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy from December 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception until November 20, 2016, the Sunday dedicated to Christ the King. 


Pope Francis invites​ us to think about mercy anew as the "act by which God comes to meet us" but also mercy as the "fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who l​ooks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life". He invites us to live by this mercy in our parishes and lives, to forgive others as well as to seek reconciliation. He challenges us to understand mercy and justice as "two dimensions of the same reality" on the way of conversion of the sinner towards love (Full text). ​​

We are asked to proclaim and live by the word of God's mercy, to reach out to others, to help strengthen and accompany them through their struggles. Reflecting on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy can help us to find a starting point (50 examples of Corporal Works of Mercy). Let us share the joy of the Gospel through our actions, our words and our prayers during this Holy Year of Mercy.


The Office of Religious Education is pleased to support parishes and communities in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as they celebrate this sacred time. The links and resources are meant to inspire your faith formation, catechetical and evangelization efforts this year. Be sure to check back for more information and please contact us if we can be of any help to you or your community in your ministry.


For your Parish activities, we recommend the Pastoral Planning Guide for the Year of Mercy by Bill Huebsch, "The Medicine of Mercy". It is designed to help you as a Parish to think and plan for the Year of Mercy (You only need one copy for one Parish). 


The Year of Mercy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles​​​​​


 Year of Mercy International Calendar 


Opening of the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica

           Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8th, 2015


All Cathedrals of the World Open Doors of Mercy (more about Holy Doors  |  Our Cathedral Doors)

          Third Sunday of Advent, December 15th, 2015


World Day of Peace

          January 1, 2016


Sending Forth of the Missionaries of Mercy (you are a priest? apply here)

          Ash Wednesday, February 22, 2016


“24 Hours for the Lord” 
          Call for prayer and reconciliation by Pope Francis

          More details from an interview with Bishop Fisichella from the New Evangelization 

          March 4-5, 2016


Divine Mercy Sunday

          April 3, 2016​​


Jubilee for Deacons

          Feast of Corpus Christi, May 27, 2016

Jubilee for Priests

          Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, June 3, 2016


World Youth Day (ever been to Krakow?)

          July 25-31, 2016


Jubilee for Workers and Volunteers of Mercy

          September 5, 2016


Solemnity of All Saints, “to pray for the living and the dead”

          November 1, 2016


Jubilee for Prisoners

          November 6, 2016


Closing of the Doors of Mercy

          Solemnity of Christ the King, November 20, 2016



The Year of Mercy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


Jubilee Year of Mercy Event Series in the San Gabriel Region

Several parishes in the San Gabriel Region have joined forces to offer a series of events throughout the Jubilee Year. More information on


Does your parish offer events for the Year of Mercy? 

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Pilgrimage Churches for the Year of Mercy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Every deanery has a pilgrimage church during the Holy Jubilee that receives pilgrims and opens their doors to them. For details and concrete requests please get in touch with the respective parish.


San Gabriel Pastoral Region

Resurrection Parish – Los Angeles
San Gabriel Mission – San Gabriel
Immaculate Conception –Monrovia
St. Lorenzo Ruiz – Walnut

San Fernando Pastoral Region

Our Lady of Lourdes –Northridge
St. Mary – Palmdale
Holy Family – Glendale
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary – Sun Valley

Our Lady of the Angels Pastoral Region

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels - Los Angeles
    Blessing of the Cathedral Door of Mercy - Dec. 13, 2015

Christ the King – Hollywood​​

   Christ the King Program - Holy Door of Mercy.pdf

Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral – Los Angeles

St. John Chrysostom – Inglewood

St. Joan of Arc - Los Angeles (currently no website)

San Pedro Pastoral Region

St. Dominic Savio –Bellflower
St. Mary of the Assumption – Whittier (currently no website)
American Martyrs – Manhattan Beach
St. Anthony – Long Beach

Santa Barbara Pastoral Region

St. Louis De Montfort –Santa Maria
St. Raphael – Goleta
Santa Clara - Oxnard​​​​​​

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