Pastoral Letter on the Jubilee Year of Mercy from Archbishop Prendergast
Entering the Jubilee Door of Mercy at Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica
For those who make a pilgrimage to the Door of Mercy at Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral who meet the requirements described below, a plenary indulgence may be obtained once a day.
What is an Indulgence?
The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains: The doctrine and practice of indulgences in the Church are closely linked to the effects of the sacrament of Penance.
"An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints."
"An indulgence is partial or plenary according as it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin." The faithful can gain indulgences for themselves or apply them to the dead. (CCC, 1471)
How Does One Receive an Indulgence During the Jubilee of Mercy?
Pope Francis explains in the Letter of his Holiness Pope Francis According to Which an Indulgence is Granted to the Faithful on the Occasion of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy:
I wish that the Jubilee Indulgence may reach each one as a genuine experience of God’s mercy, which comes to meet each person in the Face of the Father who welcomes and forgives, forgetting completely the sin committed.
To experience and obtain the Indulgence, the faithful are called to make a brief pilgrimage to the Holy Door, open in every Cathedral or in the churches designated by the Diocesan Bishop, and in the four Papal Basilicas in Rome, as a sign of the deep desire for true conversion.
Likewise, I dispose that the Indulgence may be obtained in the Shrines in which the Door of Mercy is open and in the churches which traditionally are identified as Jubilee Churches.
It is important that this moment be linked, first and foremost, to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and to the celebration of the Holy Eucharist with a reflection on mercy. It will be necessary to accompany these celebrations with the profession of faith and with prayer for me and for the intentions that I bear in my heart for the good of the Church and of the entire world.
The Requirements in Brief for Gaining a Plenary Indulgence:
Enter the Door of Mercy
Exclude all attachment to sin
Go to sacramental Confession (within 8 days)
Receive Holy Communion
Recite a Profession of Faith
Pray for the Intentions of the Pope (Our Father)
A pamphlet is available on the website (Link to pamphlet: http://www.catholicottawa.ca) that summarizes this information and includes the texts of the necessary prayers as well as the Jubilee of Mercy Prayer by Pope Francis. It may be downloaded and freely used by parishes and individuals.