Jubilee Year: Offer, accept God’s forgiveness
To: Clergy, Religious and Laity of the Archdiocese of New Orleans
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:
This Sunday we not only continue our Advent journey as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas and await his coming at the end of time – but we also prepare for the Jubilee Year of Mercy called for by Pope Francis. The Year of Mercy begins on Tuesday, December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a holy day.
Mass Schedule 2017
The Mass Schedule supplement includes times for Masses, confession and Eucharistic Adoration
in all church parishes, shrines and Catholic campus ministries by city within the 8 civil parishes of the Archdiocese of New Orleans (Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany and Washington).
Retired religious collection: Dec. 12-13 Masses
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Soon our parishes will be conducting the Retirement Fund for Religious collection. This annual appeal benefits some 33,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests – women and men who have consecrated their lives to serving God and the Church.
Pope surprised by crowds, joy in Africa
ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM AFRICA (CNS) – Pope Francis told reporters he is well aware that God is a god of surprises, but he had not been prepared for what a surprise his first visit to Africa would be.
Mercy begins as an individual’s response
We are at the threshold of the Year of Mercy. In the Archdiocese of New Orleans, Archbishop Gregory Aymond symbolically will open the holy door of St. Louis Cathedral before the 12:05 p.m., Mass on Dec. 8 – just as Pope Francis will open the holy door at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on the same day – signs that the universal church has called for a jubilee year in which it celebrates God’s embrace of those who have sinned and are in need of God’s mercy.
A watershed moment for Catholic-Jewish relations
Last week you participated in a panel at Loyola University on the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Vatican II document “Nostra aetate,” which created a sea change in Catholic-Jewish relations. Can you offer some background on the document?