The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy

"On March 13, 2015, the Holy Father, Pope Francis, announced an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy which will begin on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2015, and will conclude on November 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. In the Bull of lndiction, Misericordiae Vultus, the Holy Father said: 'The Church is commissioned to announce the mercy of God, the beating heart of the Gospel, which in its own way must penetrate the heart and mind of every person. The Spouse of Christ must pattern her behavior after the Son of God who went out to everyone without exception.' "


Year of Mercy - Calendar of Events



Indulgences for the Jubilee Year



Archdiocesan initiatives for the "Year of Mercy"

The Works of Mercy - 3rd Key Initiative of Archbishop Nauman's "Share Vision"

Learn about the Works of Mercy - What are the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy

Look deeper into the Life of Mercy - reflections from our deacon community

Live the life of Mercy - articles, suggested readings, smartphone app

Commit yourself to the Works of Mercy - Choose a Work of Mercy and do it!



Pastoral Resources for the Works of Mercy Key Initiative


Pilgrimage Sites in the Archdocese

"During the Jubilee Year, pilgrims will be welcomed to the principal basilicas in Rome where the Holy Father has designated Holy Doors. Pope Francis states that, 'The practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life. Life itself is a pilgrimage, and the human being is a visitor, a pilgrim traveling along the road, making his way to the desired destination.'

"The pope has called on churches throughout the world to assign certain doors as holy doors by which the faithful may enter during the year, recalling God's great mercy, and reflecting upon the application of that mercy towards oneself and one's neighbor. It is to be considered a truly faithful action, so much so that Pope Francis has referred to the holy door itself as a door of faith-Portafide. I have designated certain churches in the Archdiocese to be local pilgrimage sites. These churches will have designated holy doors, through which the faithful will pass. The declaration of certain holy doors throughout the Archdiocese will undoubtedly provide the opportunity for the faithful to seek and find extraordinary 'indulgence' from God the Father through Jesus Christ, himself the true face of the Father's mercy. The designated pilgrimage sites with holy doors will be located at:





The Holy Father has suggested that during the Jubilee Year the season of Lent should be "lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God's mercy."

"24 Hours for the Lord"  

Selected parishes will be participating in the 24 Hours for the Lord initiative on the Friday and Saturday preceding the Fourth Sunday of Lent. This event will afford people an opportunity for intense prayer and enables "people to touch the grandeur of God's mercy."  The following parishes are participating in 24 Hours for the Lord:

CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY 3800 W. 119th, Leawood

STS. PETER AND PAUL 411 Pioneer, Seneca

ST. PATRICK 1086 N. 94th St., Kansas City, Kansas

MOST PURE HEART OF MARY 3601 S.W. 17th St., Topeka


ST. BENEDICT’S ABBEY 1020 N. 2nd St., Atchison


IMMACULATE CONCEPTION-ST. JOSEPH  St. Joseph Church 306 North Broadway, Leavenworth


Lenten Confession Initiative 

Many parishes in the Archdiocese have offered additional time outside of their regular weekly schedule for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Wednesday evenings during the season of Lent.  Check with your local parish to learn about additional times for Confession during the Jubilee Year.


Divine Mercy Devotion

St. John Paul II was an ardent advocate for the Divine Mercy devotion connected to the private revelation received by St. Maria Faustina Kowalska. The Archdiocese, through The Leaven and with the help of the Office of Liturgy and Sacramental Life, will work to spread the message of Divine Mercy, increase awareness among the Faithful concerning the Lord's message of mercy revealed to St. Faustina and promote the Divine Mercy chaplet and devotion. 

How to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet

Celebrating Divine Mercy with Kids

Pray the Divine Mercy Novena (starting on Good Friday)

Purchase the Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska 

More Divine Mercy Information


Outreach to those Wounded by Church Members or by Agents of the Church:

As members of the Body of Christ, we are called upon to respond with deep compassion to any of our brothers and sisters who have been harmed in any way by members of the Church or by her ministers. The unique and tragically harmful effects inflicted by someone acting in the name of the Church requires a loving and nurturing response of caring and healing that is only possible through God's outpouring of mercy toward His beloved sons and daughters. When ministers of the Church grievously offend, it inflicts a spiritual wound resulting, not only by having been hurt by someone you had a right to trust, but from someone who represented to you the Church and in some measure even symbolized God. The unique and insidious nature of these wounds is that they can impede those victimized from being able to approach the very place one should be able to come for healing and comfort -- the Church and even more devastatingly it can block out ability to reach out to Our Lord -- Divine Physician, the ultimate healer.


During the Jubilee Year Archbishop Naumann calls upon all the faithful to remember in prayer their brothers and sisters in Christ who have suffered harm by the words, actions or omissions of the clergy, church employees, lay volunteers, ministers or other members of the Church. He will preside at Healing Services to be held in the Archdiocese during the Jubilee Year. He encourages all the faithful to attend one or more of these services and pray for healing for victims and their families. Times and locations will be announced by the Office of Liturgy and Sacramental Life. Through these efforts and prayers, especially in this Year of Mercy, may the wounded be truly healed that they may more freely and fully participate in the life and mission of the Church. May those who have left the Church find in their return the love, welcoming and compassionate care which God Himself generously bestows to all His children.


Other Archdiocesan Efforts 


Engaging Christ’s Action Plan in all your life’s work

As Catholic disciples of Jesus we have been commissioned to make life on earth more like heaven. By our Baptism and Confirmation we are equipped by the Holy Spirit to do the corporal and spiritual works of mercy that make God’s love a concrete reality. Catholic Social teaching is the Church’s unpacking of the Gospel: giving us instructions on how we unleash this power of grace to make the world better right here, right now…


The Catholic Social Teaching Workshop is a hands-on, minds-on discussion group that focuses on the core Catholic concepts of Catholic Social teaching.  The workshop is scalable so it can be adapted to your parish’s needs and time availability.

There will an information session to learn more about how to bring a CST workshop to the parish January 28th at Savior Center from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m..  Lunch will be provided.  To RSVP or learn more, contact Bill Scholl with the Office for Social Justice.  913-647-0317,


Project Rachel

Project Rachel is available at no cost to help anyone, regardless of faith, who has had an abortion, whether recent or many years ago. 

Project Rachel offers women a path to healing after an abortion. This ministry offers hope and forgiveness in a non-judgmental and confidential atmosphere. 

We would like to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to find out about or explore the initial steps in the journey to forgiveness and mercy. There is also a separate ministry for men - Project Joseph. 


Suggestions for Parishes, Schools, and other Catholic Groups


Special Parish/School Celebrations for Divine Mercy Sunday

Sample Outlines for Divine Mercy Holy Hour

Outline 1

Outline 2


Additional weekly parish confession times 

Check with your local parish for additional confession times.


Examinations of Conscience

Examination of Conscience based on the Ten Commandments

Examination of Conscience in Light of Catholic Social Teaching I En Espanol

Examination of Conscience for Children

Examination of Conscience for Young Adults

Examination of Conscience for Single People

Examination of Conscience for Married Persons

Examination of Conscience inspired by St. Paul



 Learn the Official Hymn of the Jubilee Year of Mercy