The Pope’s wish is that this Year, experienced also in the sharing of divine mercy, may be “dedicated to living out in our daily lives the mercy which the Father constantly extends to all of us. In this Jubilee Year, let us allow God to surprise us. He never tires of throwing open the doors of his heart and repeats that he loves us and wants to share his love with us.
...In this Jubilee Year, may the Church echo the word of God that resounds strong and clear as a message and a sign of pardon, strength, aid, and love. May she never tire of extending mercy, and be ever patient in offering compassion and comfort. May the Church become the voice of every man and woman, and repeat confidently without end: ‘Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old’.
The Holy Year of Mercy will be an opportunity to encourage Christians to meet people’s “real needs” with concrete assistance, to experience a “true pilgrimage” on foot, and to send “missionaries of mercy” throughout the world to forgive even the most serious of sins, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella.
This Holy Year will commence on the next Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will conclude on Sunday, 20 November 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and living face of the Father’s mercy.
The yearlong extraordinary jubilee also will include several individual jubilee days, such as for the Roman Curia, catechists, teenagers and prisoners, said the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, the office organizing events for the Holy Year of Mercy.
Tues., December 8th, 2015 - Opening Mass for the Holy Year of Mercy from 9:00am to 10:00am at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 65 3rd Street, East Greenwich with Bishop Tobin.
December 13, 2015 at 1:00 PM - The Opening the Holy Door Bishop Tobin will open the Jubilee Door at the Cathedral of Saints Peter & Paul in Providence.
“24 Hours with the Lord” March 5, 2016 - All Day Confessions
The Vatican will observe a “24 Hours with the Lord” on March 4-6 during Lent:
An “all-day confessions” schedule here.
Sunday, April 3, 2016 - Divine Mercy
Divine Mercy Sunday will be celebrated with great solemnity, with prayer and the opportunity for reconciliation at the Cathedral in Providence; more information forthcoming.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - Jubilee Year of Mercy Pilgrimage to the Holy Doors of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral For People with Disabilities. More.
From the Pope – Misericordiae Vultus: Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
Visit the Vatican website for the Year of Mercy
Prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee
Proclaiming the Holy Year at the Holy Door (Catholic News Service)
Handout - Living Mercy in the Jubilee Year of Mercy
USCCB webpage - Jubilee Year of Mercy
Webinar Recording on "The Jubilee Year of Mercy: the Opportunity to Proclaim God's Love"
5 Ways to Spiritually Prepare for the Jubilee Year of Mercy
Resources from Catholic Relief Services for the Year of Mercy
The Spiritual Works of Mercy
The Corporal Works of Mercy
Moments of Mercy - for Lent