HOLY YEAR OF MERCY 2016
In the Diocese of Salford
In union with the Holy Father in Rome, and with Catholic Dioceses throughout the world, in the Diocese of Salford we are celebrating the Holy Year in a variety of ways. Pope Francis has called us to celebrate the mercy of God, something we must experience and practise in our lives, in our communities, and in a world much in need of mercy and reconciliation.
One of the most important parts of a Holy Year is to walk through the Holy Door, as a symbol of faith and pilgrimage, and a way of receiving the 'Jubilee Indulgence'. Pope Francis has said of the Holy Door, "…the Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy, through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons and instils hope."
Since not everyone will be able to go on pilgrimage to Rome to walk through the Holy Door in Saint Peter's Basilica, permission has been given for each Diocese in the world to have it's own Holy Doors. These will be focal points of prayer and pilgrimage for local communities. In the Diocese of Salford, there are six Holy Doors including a travelling Holy Door for schools.
The travelling Holy Door for Schools
Based on the relay of prayer, a travelling Holy Door is going around all the schools in the Diocese of Salford. It begins it's journey at Thorneyholme Primary School, Dunsop Bridge and finishes at the Cathedral School of St Peter and St John, Salford.
The Holy Door will raise the awareness of the Year of Mercy. Everyone in each school will have the opportunity to walk through the Holy Door.
The Holy Door arrives at St John Southworth on Wednesday 24th February from Fisher More Secondary School, Colne. The GIFT team will then take the Holy Door to Holy Trinity Primary School in Brierfield.
THE GIFT TEAM HANDING OVER THE DOOR OF MERCY TO HOLY TRINITY PRIMARY SCHOOL