Jubilee

Annual Silver & Golden Wedding Jubilee Mass

Couples celebrating their 25th, 50th or 50-plus wedding anniversary during 2017 are invited to the Annual Silver & Golden Wedding Jubilee Mass to be held Sunday, October 8, 2017, 2:30 PM, at the Cathedral Basilica (4431 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO  63108). Archbishop Robert Carlson will be the celebrant. Family members and friends are invited to join the couples at this special celebration. Couples registered by September 15 will have their names and wedding date printed in the program and receive a certificate of congratulations. You may register online by visiting archstl.org/jubileemass. If you would like more information, please contact the Office of Laity & Family Life at 314.792.7170.
- 2017 Flyer.pdf

Year of Mercy Begins Sunday in Archdiocese of St. Louis

December 7, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

What: Ceremonial opening of the center narthex doors of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Where: Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis (4431 Lindell Blvd.)
When: Sunday, December 13, before 10 a.m. Mass.
Who: Most Reverend Edward Rice, auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis
Why: To begin the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, announced by Pope Francis in April

ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Edward Rice, auxiliary bishop of St. Louis, will open the center narthex doors of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis in a special ceremony Sunday, December 13, prior to the regularly scheduled 10 a.m. Mass. The ceremony will mark the local beginning of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The doors were sealed on September 8, to remind the faithful to prepare their hearts for the Jubilee.

In April, Pope Francis declared the Catholic Church would celebrate a “Holy Year,” known as an “Extraordinary Jubilee Year,” dedicated to the virtue of Mercy. The “Year of Mercy,” as it has been deemed, will begin on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2015, when the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican will be opened. However, on November 29, during his recent trip to Africa, Pope Francis also symbolically opened the Holy Door in a special ceremony at the cathedral of Bangui, Central African Republic. The Year of Mercy will conclude on Sunday, November 20, 2016, which is the end of the Catholic Church’s liturgical year, The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

The idea of a “Jubilee Year” traces its origins to the Israelites who celebrated a Jubilee every fifty years according to scriptural custom. Pope Boniface VIII called for the first recorded “ordinary Jubilee” in 1300. Twenty-five ordinary Jubilees have been called since, roughly every 25 years, though an “extraordinary” Jubilee can be called by a pontiff at any time. Pope John Paul II declared the most recent extraordinary Jubilee in 1983, while the most recent ordinary Jubilee Year took place in 2000.

One of the traditions for a Jubilee Year is the ceremonial opening of the Holy Door in each of the four major basilicas in Rome, including St. Peter’s Basilica. The opening, passing through, and sealing of the Holy Door at the end of the Jubilee Year have become significant elements in the Church’s Jubilee Year celebrations with special graces and what is called a “Jubilee Indulgence” offered to pilgrims who make the journey.

Because most Catholics will be unable to make a pilgrimage during this Jubilee Year to visit the four major basilicas in Rome, for the first time in history Pope Francis has asked for a Holy Door in every diocese around the world, especially in the minor basilicas. Diocesan bishops also have the authority to establish other sacred places or special churches that can be pilgrimage locations.

Pilgrimage sites in the Archdiocese of St. Louis include our two minor basilicas - the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and the Basilica of Saint Louis, King of France - and seven other local pilgrimage sites.

More information about the Jubilee Year of Mercy, including a calendar of events and a complete list of local pilgrimage sites, can be found at archstl.org/mercy.

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Jubilee Year of Mercy Preparations Begin Tuesday in Archdiocese of St. Louis

September 1, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information contact: 
Gabe Jones
Media Relations Specialist
Phone: 314.792.7557

Doors of Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis to be sealed in special ceremony

What: Sealing the center narthex doors of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis
Where: Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis (4431 Lindell)
When: Tuesday, September 8th, after the 12:05 p.m. Mass
Who: Bishop Edward Rice and the faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Louis
Why: To prepare local Catholics for Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, as declared by Pope Francis

ST. LOUIS – The center narthex doors of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis will be sealed in a special ceremony after the 12:05 p.m. Mass on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, to remind the faithful to prepare their hearts for the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. The Jubilee Year, or Holy Year, begins worldwide on December 8, 2015. Bishop Edward Rice will offer Mass and conduct the ceremony to seal the doors. The doors will be opened again on December 13, 2015.

In April, Pope Francis declared the Catholic Church would celebrate an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy beginning December 8, 2015, with the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. The Holy Year will end on November 20, 2016, on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

One of the traditions for a Jubilee Year is the ceremonial opening of the Holy Door in each of the four major basilicas in Rome, including St. Peter’s Basilica. The opening, passing through, and sealing of the Holy Door at the end of the Jubilee Year have become significant elements in the Church’s Jubilee Year celebrations.

Most Catholics will be unable to make a pilgrimage during this Jubilee Year to visit the four major basilicas in Rome. However, Catholics can make a pilgrimage to minor basilicas, including the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, or other local pilgrimage sites.

More information about the Jubilee Year of Mercy, including a calendar of events and a list of local pilgrimage sites, can be found at archstl.org/mercy.

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