By the Grace of God and in Communion with the Holy Roman See
Eparch of Saints Peter and Paul of Melbourne
For Ukrainian Catholics in Australia New Zealand and Oceania
Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
To the Clergy, Religious and Faithful of the Eparchy of Saints Peter and Paul
Having regard to the Letter of Indiction of His Holiness Pope Francis declaring the Extraordinary Year of Jubilee of Mercy – The Holy Year – and the Letter of Our Patriarch Sviatoslav given by his hand on the 25th. November 2015, I decree the following for our Eparchy:
That our Cathedral Church of the Apostles Peter and Paul shall be a place of pilgrimage and a “Holy Door” shall be declared opened on Sunday 13 December 2015
- That the Church of St. Volodymyr in Canberra – Our Eparchial Shrine of the New Martyrs of Ukraine – shall be a designated place of pilgrimage with a Holy Door to be opened during the Eparchial Pilgrimage to The Shrine on a date to be fixed.
- That the Church of St John the Baptist in Western Australia be a place of pilgrimage with a Holy Door to be opened on a date to be fixed.
- That all Pastors assist the faithful in making a pilgrimage, as a Parish Group, to one of our designated Holy Year Shrines and in such a way join with the Universal Church in obtaining Spiritual graces available in this Holy Year
- Having regard to the vast size of Our Eparchy and the difficulty of travel, Pastors of Parishes are to organise a Pilgrimage to a Cathedral or Shrine of The Universal Church closest to their Parish to enable the faithful to receive the Spiritual Graces of this Holy Year.
- That every Church and Chapel of Our Eparchy commemorate the Opening of the Year of Mercy in an appropriate manner on Sunday 13 December 2015
- I direct Pastors to preach with renewed fervour on The Mercy of God especially on the Holy Mystery of Penance (Confession) and to make themselves available for the Holy Mystery at every opportunity.
- I remind all pastors and faithful of the conditions of receiving Extraordinary Spiritual Graces – Plenary Indulgence.
It is necessary that the faithful be in the state of grace at least at the time the indulgenced work, (visiting the place of pilgrimage and entering the Holy Door) is completed.
A plenary indulgence can be gained only once a day. In order to obtain it, the faithful must, in addition to being in the state of grace:
- have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin;
- have sacramentally confessed their sins;
- receive the Holy Eucharist
- pray for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff.
Indulgences can always be applied either to oneself or to the souls of the deceased, but they cannot be applied to other persons living on earth.
- The Holy Father has made special provisions for the sick elderly and infirm. “For them it will be of great help to live their sickness and suffering as an experience of closeness to the Lord who in the mystery of his Passion, death and Resurrection indicates the royal road which gives meaning to pain and loneliness. Living with faith and joyful hope this moment of trial, receiving communion or attending Holy Mass and community prayer, even through the various means of communication, will be for them the means of obtaining the Jubilee Indulgence.” (letter of Pope Francis to Archbishop Rino Fisichella, Sept. 1, 2015)
- I direct that this decree and the Pastoral Letter of His Beatitude Patriarch Sviatoslav be published and Proclaimed in all our parishes on Sunday 13 December 2015.
Dear brothers and Sisters, this Jubilee Year of Mercy is a time that we must use well. It is a time of prayer and renewal that will assist us not only in our personal pilgrimage in this world but will assist us as a Church and Eparchy to see God’s Mercy in all that we do.
The Blessing of the Lord be upon You!
Year of Our Lord Given at Our Cathedral of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul in Melbourne
on the Tenth Day of December in the 2015