Holy Doors, or portae santae, are normally sealed shut from the inside and only opened during Jubilee years, during which pilgrims pass through the doors to gain a plenary indulgence. The doors of the Church "are wide open so that all those who are touched by grace can find the certainty of forgiveness," Pope Francis said. "God never ceases to demonstrate the richness of his mercy over the course of centuries.” God touches people's hearts with His grace, filling them with repentance and a desire to experience His love, he added. “The greater the sin, the greater the love, which the church must express toward those who convert.”
The Jubilee Year of Mercy will be devoted to personal conversion, prayer and apostolic works.
January 17th, a Jubilee for Lay Ministers occurred for lectors, ushers, acolytes, extraordinary ministers of Holy Eucharist, and more at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral. Over 500 of the faithful from around the diocese were in attendance.
On Feb. 21 a Jubilee for Religious, Consecrated Life, and Lay Ecclesial Associations will take place at 3 p.m. at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral, 20 Allen St., Burlington. Light refreshments will be served after. This event will honor members of religious congregations, and lay ecclesial organizations serving the Diocese of Burlington.
On March 20 a Jubilee for Young Children (grade school) will take place at 3 p.m. at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral, 20 Allen St., Burlington. Families with young children are invited to join in this celebration, and extended family members are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served after.
There will be a live performance and meditation upon the Stations of the Cross for the Jubilee Year of Mercy.
Please bring a small bag of canned goods that will be donated to a local food bank.
On April 17, 2016 the Jubilee for Young Adults (teens through twenties) occurred at 3 p.m. in St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Burlington. Young people from around the diocese attended to celebrate God's mercy and hear the praise of the Koinonia Academy Choir from Plainfield, NJ.
Bishop Christopher Coyne, and Faithful of the Diocese of Burlington, gathered at Saint Joseph Co-Cathedral on May 22, 2016, for the Jubilee for Deacons, where permanent deacons were honored for their service in the diocese.
The proceeding month will be a very special Jubilee celebration for Priests and Seminarians, which will coincide with the Mass of Ordination for the Diocese of Burlington on June 18, at 10:00 a.m. More news to follow on the young men who will be welcomed into their priestly ministry and transitional diaconate. All are very welcome at this joyous celebration of God's mercy and gift of the Sacrament of Holy Orders!
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Burlington Bishop Christopher J. Coyne ordained two men to the priesthood and one to the transitional diaconate at a special Mass June 18 at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Burlington.
The celebration was part of the diocesan commemoration of the Year of Mercy and its Jubilee for Priests and Seminarians.
During the more-than-2-hour Mass, the bishop ordained Fathers Curtis Miller and Matthew Rensch and Deacon Joseph Sanderson; the church was filled with family members, friends, members of the clergy and other supporters of the three men.
On July 17, 2016 over 400 people celebrated their Catholic faith and families at the Year of Mercy Jubilee for Families at St. Anne's Shrine in Isle La Motte. Bishop Coyne celebrated Mass followed by a procession to St. Anne's Shrine. Families enjoyed a fun packed day filled with sunshine, bbq, lawn games and swimming. A special thank you to the Society of Saint Edmund for hosting this event.
Please enjoy the two video features below, documenting the day's celebration. One showcases the complete Mass from the Shrine, while the other offers Bishop Coyne's homily from the Jubilee, and interviews from those in attendance.
Burlington Bishop Christopher J. Coyne and the Faithful of the Diocese of Burlington celebrated the Jubilee for Musicians on August 21, 2016, at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral. The Jubilee celebration featured full congregational singing, supported by selected musicians from around the diocese, for a rich afternoon of praising God in song. The celebration concluded with a grand finale--the singing of the Hallelujah Chorus by Handel. Enjoy video and photo highlights of the celebration here, along with the anticipatory Jubilee features and the chronology of Year of Mercy videos below.
The Jubilee for Catechists and School Teachers was held at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral on September 18, 2016. As the new school year began, this was an opportunity to celebrate the Holy Year of Mercy with Catholic educators from across the diocese. Enjoy these video and photo highlights from the Jubilee, featuring testimonies of catechists, principals, and teachers in Vermont, as well as the anticipatory coverage and an archive of features from within this Jubilee year below.
On October 16, 2016 there was be a Jubilee for the Sick at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Burlington. This Jubilee included a healing service for those with physical, emotional and spiritual concerns. Pilgrims heard testimony from those who are ill or experiencing illness in their families, had the opportunity to adore our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, and received healing through the Sacraments of Anointing of the Sick and Confession. There was also opportunities to be prayed over by priests of the diocese, for those who did not wish to receive these sacraments.
This Holy Year of Mercy will come to a close on November 20, 2016, on the Solemnity of Christ, King of the Universe. Join Bishop Christopher Coyne, and the Faithful of the Diocese of Burlington for a very special Mass in celebration of God’s gift of Mercy through His Son Christ Jesus, and the many gifts He has bestowed upon us in this Jubilee year. Mass will begin at 3pm in St. Joseph Co-Cathedral. Fellowship and light refreshments will be available after Mass.