On Sunday, December 13, at 9:30 a.m. mass, Bishop Nelson Perez opened the main aisle door of Basilica of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in Southampton as a Door of Mercy.
The Door of Mercy is an observance of the Catholic Church’s Year of Mercy, initiated by Pope Francis.
Pope Francis called for a Jubilee Year of Mercy to begin Wednesday, December 8, 2015, and to continue until November 22, 2016.
“With gratitude to the Holy Father for this initiative, I invite us all to set out on a pilgrimage of mercy here in our diocese beginning on December 12,” said Bishop of Rockville Centre William Murphy. “Inspired by the Pope’s letter, Misericordiae Vultus, we as a Church will have many opportunities to live mercy and to let the Father’s mercy flood our hearts and make our hearts like that of His Son.”
Visitors and pilgrims can pass through the Door of Mercy and pray to receive the blessings of the Year of Mercy. On each Thursday, Sacred Hearts will have special events beginning with noon mass and ending with Benediction at 4 p.m.