Holy Year of Mercy – Information & Resources

Yera of Mercy

Pope Francis has announced an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy in the Universal Church. This Holy Year of Mercy will begin on 8th December to commemorate both the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council, which called the Church to proclaim the Gospel to the world in new ways, bringing God’s mercy to everyone with a renewed emphasis on the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Year will conclude on 20thNovember 2016.

The symbolism of the Logo represents the Son of God taking on his shoulders the lost and the strayed.  Jesus carries us, in our weakness, to the home of his Father, the fulfilment for which we have been created.  In this image, the eyes of Jesus merge with the eyes of our fallen nature.  Christ sees with the eyes of Adam and Adam can now see with the eyes of Christ.  Thus we can glimpse, in Christ, our new and true humanity and the future which lies ahead: to gaze on the Father and to be held in His love.  The colours of the background, the ‘mandorla’ go from dark to light, from the night of sin to the light of day.

Pope Francis announced the following:

Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought of how the Church may render more clear her mission to be a witness to mercy; and we have to make this journey. It is a journey which begins with spiritual conversion. Therefore, I have decided to announce an Extraordinary Jubilee which has at its centre the mercy of God. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live in the light of the word of the Lord: “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (cf. Lk 6:36). And this especially applies to confessors! So much mercy!

This Holy Year will commence on the next Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will conclude on Sunday, 20 November 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe and living face of the Father’s mercy. I entrust the organization of this Jubilee to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization, in order that it may come to life as a new step on the Church’s journey in her mission to bring the Gospel of mercy to each person.

I am confident that the whole Church, which is in such need of mercy for we are sinners, will be able to find in this Jubilee the joy of rediscovering and rendering fruitful God’s mercy, with which we are all called to give comfort to every man and every woman of our time. Do not forget that God forgives all, and God forgives always. Let us never tire of asking forgiveness. Let us henceforth entrust this Year to the Mother of Mercy, that she turn her gaze upon us and watch over our journey: our penitential journey, our year-long journey with an open heart, to receive the indulgence of God, to receive the mercy of God.


In a specially written prayer for the Year of Mercy, the Holy Father entreats the Lord to make the Jubilee of Mercy a year of grace so that the Church, “with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.”

Please click on Pope Francis Prayer for the Year of Mercy.

Please click on Year of Mercy Official Hymn – English Score to download the official hymn.

Please click on Year of Mercy Liturgical Music Resource  for all parish choirs and choir leaders.

Please click on  diocesan Year of Mercy Information Leaflet .  This may be used in Church, Schools and other parish settings.

Also you may use the suggested Year of Mercy Reconciliation Service (Advent)

Mercy themes will be evident in our readings for the Year of Luke.  Please click on Mercy themes in the Year of Luke.

Lenten reflections on the Gospels may downloaded by clicking on Lent2016 Scripture Sharing Reflections

Other Events will be held throughout the Diocese during this special time.

Fr. Michael Mullins DD LLS will facilitate and two night programme on ‘The parables of Mercy’ – Thursday 25th February & Thursday 3rd March @ 7.30pm – St. John’s Pastoral Centre.  These evenings will be repeated in Clonmel & Dungarvan during September / October.

Sr. Marie Fahy, Abbess from St. Mary’s Abbey, Glencairn, will talk on the Theme of Mercy on Wednesday 13th April @ 7.30pm in the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Waterford.  We will gather at 7.30pm at the Holy Door for prayer, and each person will then walk through the Holy Door before the evening begins.  More details to follow.