When Pope Francis opened the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica on December 8, 2015 and on December 13, 2015 all the Holy Doors in Cathedrals and designated churches throughout the world opened to pilgrims, marking the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
The Extraordinary Jubilee, the Jubilee Year of Mercy that Pope Francis has declared, from December 8, 2015 (the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary) will conclude on November 20, 2016 (the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe). This Jubilee Year of Mercy is extraordinary because it is set apart from the natural or ordinary cycle of jubilees which are called every 25 years in the Catholic Church. An extraordinary jubilee emphasizes a particular theme or event. The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy is meant on directing our attention and actions “on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s actions in our lives… a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective”. It is our Holy Father’s profound desire that the Jubilee celebration be lived out in one’s daily life and for everyone who turns to God for love, mercy and compassion to experience His presence.
As one of the designated Pilgrim Churches in the Diocese of Paranaque, the Presentation of the Child Jesus Parish Church has prepared an information-filled Jubilee Church Pilgrim’s Guide to direct the faithful in their journey towards the Eucharist and Reconciliation.
Providing the opportunity for Catholics to obtain a plenary indulgence during the Year of Mercy by passing through a designated Holy Door during the Year of Mercy, PCJ’s Parish Priest, Fr. Rodel Paulino, continuously provides all avenues in fulfilling the usual conditions of having the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, receiving sacramental Confession and the Holy Eucharist, and praying for the intentions of the Holy Father. This enables one’s visit to the Presentation of the Child Jesus Parish Church a fruitful and memorable experience.
-Tes Ngo, CLPR Assistant Head