Papal Blessing for the Year of Mercy


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The Roman Ritual states that Diocesan Bishops, and others equated to them in law, have the faculty to impart, according to the prescribed formula, the Papal Blessing with a plenary indulgence three times a year on solemn feasts of their own choice, using the rite specifically prepared for that occasion.

Pope Francis, on the occasion of the Jubilee of Mercy, has granted that all the bishops of the world may impart the Papal Blessing with a plenary indulgence on two additional occasions, namely: at the conclusion of the Opening Celebration of the Holy Year in the local Churches on December 13 and, the second, at the end of the Closing Celebration of the Jubilee in the local Churches on November 13, 2016.



Launch of The Year of Mercy

The Year of Mercy was officially launched by Pope Francis on December 8, 2015 as the Universal Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. The Holy Father opened this year-long celebration by opening the “holy door” of St. Peter’s Basilica.  The event was reported by BBC News and you can read their news coverage HERE.

To honor this event, the Diocese of Albany, New York designated Saint Teresa’s Motherhouse, home of the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, to be one of the pilgrim shrines.
The document “Misericordiae Vultus” (Bull of Indiction) written by the Holy Father details the concept and elements involved in this Year of Mercy. The following is an excerpt:
“My thought first of all goes to all the faithful who, whether in individual Dioceses or as pilgrims to Rome, will experience the grace of the Jubilee. I wish that the Jubilee Indulgence may reach each one as a genuine experience of God’s mercy, which comes to meet each person in the Face of the Father who welcomes and forgives, forgetting completely the sin committed. To experience and obtain the Indulgence, the faithful are called to make a brief pilgrimage to the Holy Door,  open in every Cathedral or in the churches designated by the Diocesan Bishop, and in the four Papal Basilicas in Rome, as a sign of the deep desire for true conversion. Likewise, I dispose that the Indulgence may be obtained in the Shrines in which the Door of Mercy is open and in the churches which traditionally are identified as Jubilee Churches. It is important that this moment be linked, first and foremost, to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and to the celebration of the Holy Eucharist with a reflection on mercy. It will be necessary to accompany these celebrations with the profession of faith and with prayer for me and for the intentions that I bear in my heart for the good of the Church and of the entire world…”  Read the entire article HERE
The Carmelite Sisters at Saint Teresa’s Motherhouse in Germantown, New York is happy to announce its first event to celebrate this year of grace.
January 17, 2016
1:30 pm- Optional Tour of Mother Angeline Heritage Center
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament beginning at 3:00 to 4:00 pm followed by Evening Prayers with the Sisters and Benediction.
Quiet Time for prayers and devotions before the Blessed Sacrament
For questions, please contact:
Carmelite Sisters
600 Woods Road
Germantown, New York
phone: 518-537-5000