Year of Mercy

What is the Year of Mercy?

Pope Francis declared Dec. 8, 2015-Nov. 20, 2016 an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. Catholics are called to direct our attention and actions on mercy “so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives … a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective.” (source: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Bishop Hying describes our role in this Year of Mercy


September is Visit the Sick
Corporal Work of Mercy

September is Forgive Offenses
Spiritual Work of Mercy

Ways to Live Out These Works of Mercy

  • give blood
  • bring a meal to a sick loved one
  • visit an elderly neighbor

Ways to Live Out These Works of Mercy

  • pray for the gift to want to forgive
  • visualize yourself behind Jesus on the cross, looking down at the person who wronged you so can remember the person is loved by Christ just as Christ loves you
  • after someone has wronged you, step away and pray for patience


Coming Up

  • July 2016: Clothe the Naked and Admonish the Sinners
  • August 2016: Shelter the Homeless and Bear Wrongs Patiently
  • September 2016: Visit the Sick and Forgive Offenses Willingly
  • October 2016: Visit the Imprisoned and Comfort the Afflicted
  • November 2016: Bury the Dead and Pray for the Living and the Dead

If your organization or parish program is interested in being included as an agency that addresses one of the upcoming works of mercy, please email

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