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Year of Mercy plans include indulgence, Lenten initiative

December 3, 2015
Tom Burke

In letters to priests and faithful of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone has drawn special attention to the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis and beginning Dec. 8 around the world.  The year will close on the Solemnity of Christ the King Nov. 20, 2016.

In his letter to priests, Archbishop Cordileone reiterated “the spiritual advantage of our people” as the target of any celebrations during the year established by priests in recent meetings of the archdiocesan presbyteral council.

Firm plans for the year, the archbishop said, include the availability of a “Holy Year indulgence” and a “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative during Lent with “particular emphasis on the sacrament of reconciliation and penance.” While dates for gaining the indulgence are yet to be decided, pilgrimage sites include St. Patrick’s Seminary & University in Menlo Park and Mission San Rafael.

The archbishop alerted the faithful that “plans are well underway for events throughout the year both at the archdiocesan and parish levels” and invited all to join him for vespers and Opening of the Holy Doors, 3 p.m., St. Mary’s Cathedral, Gough Street at Geary Boulevard, Dec. 13. St. Patrick’s Seminary choir will lead song.

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