Those who can, will gather at St. Paul's Basilica, 83 Power Street, Toronto, at 2:00 p.m. This is a simple gathering of those who wish to pass through the Holy Door which is one of several in the archdiocese open for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
A Plenary Indulgence is provided for those who pass through a holy door with the proper intention.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes an indulgence as "a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church . . . "
The procedure is very simple but there are several elements which must be observed:
1. You should make a sacramental confession either before you go to the Holy Door or within the month following.
2. After quiet contemplation, spiritual preparation and making an intention for the plenary indulgence i.e. for oneself or for some other person living or dead, we individually pass through the door between 2:00 to 2:15 p.m.
3. Each person finds a quiet place to pray for the intentions of the Holy Father, which for April are:
That governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources.
That the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness.
4. We then make our way individually to Sacré-Coeur for our 4 p.m. Sung Mass and Holy Communion. Technically, you may attend Mass and make your Communion anytime within the month following your visit to a Holy Door to complete the requirements.
Having accomplished these simple acts with sincere contrition you or the person for whom you visited the Holy Door will be granted a plenary or full pardon for the effects of sins i.e. relief from the just penalties for sins we or the person we are acting for have committed.
POT LUCK SUPPER
Our celebration of Divine Mercy concludes with our Easter Pot Luck Supper.
A NOTE FROM OUR HOSPITALITY MINISTERS:
Bring foods that DO NOT REQUIRE HEATING.
Thank you and may God bless you in his Divine Mercy,