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The Holy Door of Mercy
The idea of going on “pilgrimage” to Ballaghaderreen is not something we’d normally speak about! We associate pilgrimage with Religious sites like Knock, Croagh Patrick or Lough Derg. Maybe even more-so with The Holy Land, Lourdes etc. The word “pilgrimage” is accurate in the setting of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. In the past when Holy Years were called people were invited to make “pilgrimage” to Rome and enter the Holy Door at St Peter’s or perhaps another Basilica in Rome. Pope Francis however, believed such journeys unnecessary and though people are welcome to go to Rome, he decided that every diocese should have its own “HOLY DOOR” for the Jubilee of Mercy. With that in mind, one of the doors in our Cathedral has been so designated and there’s an invitation to us all to visit and pray around this Holy Door. As a diocese we are invited to do this on Sunday. People can of course visit any time they want but there’s a special effort being made to do so as “diocese” on this Sunday. The time set aside is 3pm-7pm . The Four Parish Cluster Groups are invited to attend with their neighbouring parishes during these hours.

Fr Vincent Sherlock

094-964 9137

Parochial House, Kilmovee, Ballaghaderreen, Co. Mayo. F45 WV97

Fr John Maloney

094-936 7031

Curate's House, Kilkelly, Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo