Archbishop Smith has written a Pastoral Letter on the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, which begins on December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.

"My prayer is that this Jubilee of Mercy be an occasion of deep and joyful conversion for each and every member of this Archdiocese," he writes. "May the Holy Spirit search our hearts and make known to us our need for God’s mercy. Let us not hold back from seeking the Lord’s forgiveness and healing through the confession of our sins. Renewed by his love, may mercy so become our lifestyle that our homes, our parishes, our schools, our institutions, and indeed any other place where Christians gather will become true “oases of mercy” (cf. Misericordiae Vultus, 12-13).

In the Archdiocese of Edmonton, the Jubilee of Mercy will be formally opened by Archbishop Smith on Sunday, December 13, the Third Sunday of Advent, at the 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph Basilica. All are invited to join His Grace and the Basilica parish community for this Mass, which will include the blessing and opening of a “Holy Door of Mercy.” 

Read the Pastoral Letter

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For more information about the Holy Year, visit our new webpages at www.caedm.ca/mercy.