pope francis opens holy door 2015Pope Francis inaugurates the Year of Mercy – Bishop Denis Nulty announces Jubilee Doors of Mercy in the Diocese

Bishop Denis Nulty will open the Jubilee Year of Mercy for the Diocese of Kildare & Leighlin this Sunday, 13 December 2015. The extraordinary Year of Mercy will be inaugurated in the Cathedral of the Assumption, Carlow, with the opening of the Door of Mercy.

The liturgy will begin with prayers at 10am by the Icon of St Fiacc in St Clare’s Church, Graiguecullen, from where Bishop Denis will lead a solemn procession to the main doors of the cathedral, which he will formally open at the beginning of the 11am celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

The journey to the Door of Mercy, followed by its opening and crossing over its threshold, reminds us that Christ is the only door through which we enter salvation (John 10:9) and the one way that leads to the Father (John 14:6). It symbolises the Church’s on-going pilgrimage toward “Jesus Christ [who] is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).

Bishop Denis has designated the opening of a number of Doors of Mercy in the course of the Jubilee Year across the diocese, including:

The Church of St Brigid in Kildare Town, beginning at St Brigid’s Well, on Sunday 31 January, the Eve of the Feast of St Brigid;

Church Of St Fintan, Mountrath, beginning at St Fintan’s Well on Divine Mercy Sunday,
Sunday 3 April; and

Duiske Abbey, Graiguenamanagh, beginning at St Moling’s Well, St Mullins, in Sunday 11 September 11, the Sunday following the Nativity of Mary.