On Saturday evening before the 5:30 p.m. Mass at Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in Park Ridge, NJ, Bishop John Flesey (Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Newark) blessed and opened the church’s Holy Door.
The Holy Door at Our Lady of Mercy Church will be open daily from 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. throughout this Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. The Church will also offer Confession on Saturdays from 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. and from 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.; and on Monday evenings from 7:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Those that make a pilgrimage to a Holy Door throughout the Year of Mercy can obtain a special plenary indulgence. For able-bodied Catholics to obtain the indulgence they must do the following:
-Take a pilgrimage. Make a journey to your local Holy Door (a physical portal in your local cathedral, shrine or other designated Church) or to one of the Holy Doors in the four papal basilicas in Rome. Crossing through a Holy Door is a spiritual journey that signals, as the Holy Father said, “the deep desire for true conversion.”
-Go to confession.
-Receive the Holy Eucharist “with a reflection of mercy.”
-Make a profession of faith, i.e. recite the Apostles Creed.
-Pray for the pope and for his intentions.
For more on the Special Jubilee of Mercy Plenary Indulgence visit the Archdiocese of Newark’s website about indulgences at http://www.rcan.org/yearofmercy-plenaryindulgence.
For more information on other designated Holy Door Pilgrimage sites in the Archdiocese of Newark, please visit http://www.rcan.org/yearofmercy-pilgrimagechurches.