Pilgrimage for Jubilee of Mercy planned for Pentecost Sunday
People throughout the archdiocese are invited on a pilgrimage – not to some distant land, but to St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha.
In celebration of Pope Francis’ Year of Mercy, a Jubilee of Mercy Pilgrimage is planned for May 15, the feast of Pentecost.
It will be the archdiocese’s biggest public celebration of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy since the opening of the cathedral’s door of mercy Dec. 13, 2015, when the archdiocese officially began the Jubilee Year declared by the pope.
The event will include Masses at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., and a Spanish Mass at 1:30 p.m.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for faithful people from all our parishes to make a pilgrimage of mercy and unity” during this Year of Mercy, said Bill Beckman, director of the Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, whose office is planning the event.
“It’s a beautiful expression of the fullness of the church coming together just as the Jewish people came from far and wide to Jerusalem on Pentecost,” he said.
A pilgrimage to the cathedral’s door of mercy during the jubilee carries with it a plenary indulgence, or full remission of temporal punishment of the suffering and broken relationships caused by sin, for a person’s lifetime up to that point. The indulgence also requires attending Mass, participating in the sacrament of reconciliation and praying for the pope’s intentions.
The tradition of pilgrimages involves groups of people traveling on foot to sites of devotion. This pilgrimage will include people walking together several blocks from parking at the Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart at 36th and Burt streets to the cathedral.
There they will be sprinkled with holy water and then walk through the cathedral’s door of mercy. Once inside, they will proceed down the main aisle, place grains of incense in a brazier at the center of the church and take their seats.
Parishes will organize delegations of parishioners to attend, but individuals or families unable to join a delegation also are welcome. People should contact their pastors or parish representatives to join a delegation, or register individually at archomaha.org/jubilee pilgrimage/.
Participants are encouraged to arrive 45 minutes before the Mass they plan to attend and park at Duchesne Academy.
Refreshments will be served outdoors on the south side of the cathedral following each Mass.