We’re going to the heart of things and to the heart of the Good News in celebrating this Year of Mercy.
In a sense, it’s a follow-through from the Synod process, where we are going more and more deeply into the mystery of God’s Mercy which is right at the heart of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Take Mercy out of the Gospel and you have nothing left.
So we’re going to the heart of things and to the heart of the Good News in celebrating this Year of Mercy.
It was Pope Francis’s idea – his gift to us – but we’re trying to make it our own in deep and powerful ways in the Archdiocese of Brisbane.
There are all kinds of activities through this year in the Archdiocese. I invite you to explore those activities and to take part in them. We also offer all kinds of resources.
All these things have one purpose – to lead you and us into a deeper experience of the Mercy of God so that we in turn can become more and more deeply a people offering mercy – the Mercy of God – to an often merciless world. So join us on this journey to the heart of Mercy.
– Archbishop Mark Coleridge
The Archdiocese has commissioned a hymn for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The hymn has been performed by the Choir of St Stephen’s Cathedral.
Into each pilgrim soul,
And change us, Father: may we grow
With others, be made whole.
With others, be made whole.
Only your Son can teach us how
Your Kingdom can transform
A cornered heart: come Lord, come now,
Come make a calm in storm.
Come make a calm in storm.
Only your Spirit can ignite
Each heart with loving fire;
Come Spirit: grant an inner light
Yet make us all a choir.
Yet make us all a choir.
The Archdiocese invites parishioners to spend a day as a pilgrim at the beautiful Santa Teresa Spirituality Centre, Ormiston. Seven pilgrim days will be held on weekdays and weekends to make them accessible to as many people as possible.
Parishioners can attend a Pilgrim Day on any of the following dates:
- Wednesday March 9
- Sunday March 13
- Tuesday April 19
- Saturday May 21
- Wednesday June 8
- Tuesday August 9
- Saturday October 22
The schedule for each Pilgrim Day:
- Arrive for a 9.30am start
(consider coming by train to Ormiston and walking as a pilgrim to the Centre approx. 2km along Wellington St)
- Introduction, outline of the day plus a Pilgrim guidebook
- Pray in the chapels and in the grounds
- Visit the neighbouring Carmelite
- Sacrament of Penance available
- Simple boxed lunch provided free
- Closing prayer at 3.30pm
Bookings are essential. (A maximum of 60 pilgrims can be admitted each day)
To book, please email your name(s), contact details and medical dietary needs to: email@example.com at least 7 days before your chosen pilgrim day.
Santa Teresa is at 267 Wellington St, Ormiston, next door to the Carmelite Monastery and historic Ormiston House.
Ormiston is about 30 kilometres from the CBD – approximately a 45 minute drive from both the City and the Brisbane airport.
There is a train service from the City to Ormiston. (Cleveland line) followed by is a 25 minute walk to Santa Teresa along Wellington Street.
Pilgrimage churches of mercy
Archbishop Mark Coleridge has nominated seven pilgrimage churches of mercy across the archdiocese which will offer ample time for the Sacrament of Penance. These churches are:
The Archdiocese has compiled a series of documents to help parishes celebrate the Year of Mercy. The documents include prayers, resources and ways to engage.
To help keep the Year of Mercy in front of your community, Evangelisation Brisbane will provide weekly newsletter inserts from a variety of sources including Pope Francis, the Scriptures, and a range of writers from throughout the ages:
Faith formation with Archbishop Mark Coleridge. This series is the successor to the Living Biblically in a Secular World series of 2015.
Pilgrimage at the Cathedral of St Stephen
Pope Francis has declared a Plenary Indulgence for those who:
- make a pilgrimage to the Door of Mercy,
- attend the Sacrament of Mercy, and
- attend Mass,
- pray the creed, and
- pray for the Pope and for his intentions.
A Pilgrimage booklet, is available and provides pilgrims with a format of pilgrim prayer at various stations around the Cathedral.
10.30am – 12.30pm each Saturday throughout the Year of Mercy:
- 10.00am – 11.00am—Sacrament of Mercy (Reconciliation)
- 11.30am – Mass
The six sessions will provide: opening prayers; Gospel readings for each Sunday; Gospel reflections; guided meditation; discussion questions; personal stories, closing prayers; and suggestions for works of mercy in daily life.
Catholic Bushwalkers Club Year of Mercy Pilgrimage Walks
These six walking routes have been designed to give you an opportunity to experience pilgrimage and by using the routes you maximise the probability to meet other pilgrims sharing your journey. Like all activities, it will take a little while for your body to adapt to this activity. Allow 20 to 30 minutes to find your rhythm and let your mind relax. Even if you have lived in Brisbane all your life, you are certain to see sights you have never noticed before. One of the purposes of pilgrimage is to let your mind find new ways to relate to God.
It is suggested there be one person in your group who is designated the navigator who will read the instructions and guide your party along the route. As this person will need to carry a colour copy of the walking instructions or use your mobile device on the walk so you can expand the photos. Other members of the party double check the directions of the navigator. Check the photographs as you go to reassure yourself that you are on track.
Please cross all roads legally and safely. Use zebra crossings, pedestrian islands and pedestrian lights where available. Watch out for bicycles on bikeways. Let bicycles pass freely.
Six Walking Routes
There are six routes, three beginning north of the river and three beginning south of the river. All terminate at the Cathedral of St Stephen. At the Cathedral, every Saturday the key times are:
- 10.30am Reconciliation
- 11.30am Mass for Pilgrims
The routes are not designed to be the shortest route to the Cathedral of St Stephen. They have been designed to minimise your time on major roads and to maximise your time on “green” routes and visit Churches that only require a minor deviation.
Time to complete your pilgrimage
The estimates below, expressed in minutes, are based on the following:
- Relaxed pace – 3kms / hour
- Normal pace – 4kms / hour (Experienced walkers will probably be faster.)
Note – The time estimates below do not allow for stopping for toilet beaks, interesting plaques, memorials, photographs and rest stops.
Thus, commence no later than 8.30am, except St Ita Ditton Park at 9.00am and Sts Pater and Paul, Bulimba at 8.00am.
What to take with you
Carry a full water bottle (suggest 800 mls) when you commence. Be sun smart. Use a sunscreen. Wear a hat. Take an umbrella. Be prepared for changes in the weather.
The availability of public toilets and drinking fountains varies. Keep a lookout for them.
Go to Translink website to plan your return if you are using public transport
Bring your GoCard for public transport. Otherwise, pay cash for any public transport by buying a ticket.
A series of prayers can be found on this document.
These include the Prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee:
Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew
from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness
only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us,
the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
“If you knew the gift of God!”
You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all
by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world,
its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed
in weakness in order that they may feel compassion
for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after,
loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm,
may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this of you, Lord Jesus,
through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy;
you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit
for ever and ever.
A Month With Mary
The month of May will feature special recognition of Mary during this Year Of Mercy. More details will follow.
Tell us your story
Do you have a story of Mercy you would like to share? Perhaps you’re part of a parish that is engaging in the Year of Mercy. Or you may have a personal story that you would like to share.
All submissions are welcome and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Official Vatican Jubilee of Mercy website
The Vatican’s Jubilee of Mercy website is a rich collection of resources to help Catholics across the world engage in this extraordinary year: http://www.im.va/content/gdm/en.html