Pilgrimage of Mercy
Christian pilgrimage has a long and ancient history in the Church. The first pilgrimages were made to places associated with the ministry of Jesus: Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Then in the 8th century, Rome became the popular pilgrimage destination for Christians.
During this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis is encouraging all of us to make the time to go on pilgrimage to a Door of Mercy. He writes:
“The practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life. Life itself is a pilgrimage, and the human being is a ‘viator’, a pilgrim travelling along the road, making his or her way to the desired destination. Similarly, to reach the Holy Door in Rome or in any other place in the world, everyone, each according to his or her ability, will have to make a pilgrimage. This will be a sign that mercy is also a goal to reach and requires dedication and sacrifice. May pilgrimage be an impetus to conversion: by crossing the threshold of the Holy Door, we will find the strength to embrace God’s mercy and dedicate ourselves to being merciful with others as the Father has been with us.” Misercordiae Vultus, 14
Since the beginning of the Year of Mercy, Bishop Steve has opened a number of Doors of Mercy in our diocese: at Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Hamilton; St Joseph’s Church, Te Puna; Tyburn Monastery, Ngakuru; and Rangiaowhia, Te Awamutu.
On Saturday, 14 May, Fr Eamon Kennedy and I are inviting the two Rotorua Parishes and the Murupara Parish to join our parishes of Taupo and Turangi in making a Pilgrimage to Tyburn Monastery, Ngakuru.
We will meet at the monastery at 9.00 am. Mass will be celebrated. There will be time for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. The priests will be available for confessions. There will also be ample time for you to wander around the different ‘prayer places’ that the monastery offers. We end the day with a shared lunch at 1.00 pm.
Please make the effort during this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy to join with our neighbouring Parishes in making our Pilgrimage of Mercy.
If there are enough people wanting to go on pilgrimage we will look at taking a bus. So … if you are interested please sign the form available in the church foyer.