Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy

year of mercy

With the Feast of Christ the King on 20th November 2016

the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy has finally drawn to a close

See below details of the special Masses celebrated at the Cathedral throughout this Holy Year 

13 December 2015 Welcoming the men, women and children of the traveller community – See the Photos Preacher: Fr Dan Mason
17 January 2016 Welcoming all those who are separated, divorced, remarried or who are experiencing difficulties in their marriage – See the Photos Preacher: Fr Gordon Read (Diocesan Chancellor)
14 February 2016 Welcoming all refugees, those enslaved by all forms of human trafficking and those who help and care for them – See the Photos Preacher: Fr Sean Connelly
13 March 2016 Welcoming LGBT men and women and their families – See the Photos Preacher: Fr Dominic Howarth
10 April 2016 Welcoming doctors, nurses, carers and those who minister the medicine of mercy to the sick – See the Photos Preacher: Fr Stephen Wang (Senior Chaplain, University of London)
8 May 2016 Welcoming those trapped by any destructive addiction or dependency See the Photos Preacher: Fr Paul Keane (Vice Rector Oscott College)
12 June 2016 Welcoming those who are either unemployed or have been made redundant and are struggling to find work and make ends meet – See the Photos Preacher: Fr James Kennedy CMF
10 July 2016 Welcoming all single-parent families and their children – See the Photos Preacher: Fr Martin Boland
28 August 2016 Welcoming those who live with the pain of having had an abortion or being involved in one – see the Photos Preacher: Canon Martin O’Connor
18 September 2016 Welcoming those who have been physically or emotionally abused – see the Photos Preacher: Fr Graham Smith
16 October 2016 Welcoming the lonely, the grieving and those suffering from any form of mental or spiritual anguish – see the Photos Preacher: Fr Stewart Foster
13 November 2016 Welcoming those who have lost a baby during pregnancy or after birth, an infant or a child – see the Photos Preacher: Fr Jeff Woolnough

As part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy instigated by Pope Francis, the community at Brentwood Cathedral invited the stranger, the wounded and all those searching for spiritual sanctuary to join us in the presence of our all compassionate God. Pope Francis explained the main reason why he decided to call this jubilee year:

 “We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy: the word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. Mercy: the fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life. Mercy: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness. At times we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives. For this reason I have proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as a special time for the Church, a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective.”

The Door of Mercy was officially opened at Mass on Sunday 13 December 2015 .. see the Photos

Read the Holy Father’s Letter about the Jubilee Year (PDF)pope francis

See the Pope’s Announcement of the Jubilee Year of Mercy (in Italian)