Observing the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy - A Diocesan Guide



“In our Diocese of Palm Beach, I am asking that the
Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy be associated with the vocations of priesthood, religious life and family...........It is through these vocations that love and mercy are experienced in a particular manner.”

        Bishop Gerald M. Barbarito




The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy will be observed by the Catholic Church December 8, 2015 through November 20, 2016. During this special time the faithful are to become more merciful in their own lives and to bring God's mercy to others.

View our Jubilee of Mercy page

When we show mercy to others, we are serving as witnesses of the mercy that God constantly extends to all of us. This is why the motto for the Jubilee of Mercy is Merciful like the Father.


Jubilee Holy Years have three key traditional characteristics: Pilgrimage, Holy Doors and Jubilee Indulgence. During this Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis has also asked the faithful to practice Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. In the Diocese of Palm Beach, Bishop Barbarito wishes there to be a focus on increasing an awareness of vocations to the priesthood, vocations to religious life as well as of the vocation to family. States Bishop Barbarito, “It is through these vocations that love and mercy are experienced in a particular manner.”


Each parish to be a center for the year focusing on its own spiritual program especially in regard to the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Eucharistic Adoration. Many of the ministries at our parishes and in the diocese are practicing the works of mercy and can be utilized even more by the faithful during the Jubilee of Mercy. There is also opportunity for parish communities and ministries to work together on various projects.


To assist our faith community the Diocese of Palm Beach developed a guide available for parishes, schools, religious classes, ministries and families to utilize in practicing Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. The guide offers suggestions of volunteer and support opportunities, Masses and other forms of prayer to help parishes developing their observance of the Jubilee of Mercy.



Spiritual Works of Mercy


Corporal Works of Mercy


  • To instruct the ignorant

  • To counsel the doubtful

  • To admonish sinners

  • To bear wrongs patiently

  • To forgive offenses willingly

  • To comfort the afflicted

  • To pray for the living and the dead

  • To feed the hungry

  • To give drink to the thirsty

  • To clothe the naked

  • To harbor the harborless

  • To visit the sick

  • To ransom the captive

  • To bury the dead




How You Can Observe & Celebrate the Jubilee of Mercy

General Suggestions

Catholic Charities’ Jubilee of Mercy Opportunities

Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery Opportunities

Ideas for School & Religious Education Students




General Suggestions

  • Pray for our Diocesan Priests. Utilize the Prayer for Priests or our online Pray Daily for Priests Calendar on our diocesan website.
  • Pray for our Diocesan Deacons. Utilize the Prayer for Deacons and our online Pray Daily for Deacons Calendar.
  • Write letters or to those who are lonely or shut-ins.
    Helpful tip: Contact your parish office for assistance to find such a person in your parish; or contact the diocesan Office of Communications via phone 561-775-9529 or via e-mail  to have your letters mailed to homebound viewers of the weekly TV Mass; or contact Lourdes-Noreen McKeen Residence/Assisted Living or other care/nursing facilities, senior centers, hospitals or the Veterans Hospital in our diocese.
  • Pray for those who are ill, lonely or shut-ins.
  • Create a checklist of daily or monthly activities you could do to increase your prayer time, seek mercy for yourself and others during this Holy Year.
  • Create with others a Works of Mercy Bouquet or Mercy Pledges.
  • Spend time in Adoration and visit the Blessed Sacrament.
  • Seek the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Families are encouraged to come to their own parish Church for the Sacrament of Reconciliation as well as Eucharistic Adoration.
  • As a family consider visiting our diocesan seminary, St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach. Special arrangements can be made through contacting Fr. Brian Lenhert, our diocesan Director of Vocations, at 561-775-9555.
  • Attend a Wednesday Mass at the St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach. The seminar has its doors open to welcome visitors every Wednesday at its noon (12 p.m.) celebration of the Eucharist.
  • Pray for our seminarians and those discerning the call to vocations. Find a prayer on our vocations web page.
  • As a family make a pilgrimage to the Cathedral of St. Ignatius.
  • As a family participate in the the Family Fully Alive in Christ Rally sponsored by the Florida Catholic Men for Jesus Christ onSaturday, Feb. 20, 2016, at the Palm Beach Convention Center in West Palm Beach.
  • Create a Support Team to support the volunteers of the Prison Ministry.
  • Study/read more in depth the Gospel of Luke known as "the evangelists of mercy"  as the Sunday readings during Ordinary Time of the Holy Year will be taken from the Gospel of Luke.
  • Create or participate in a study group such as one on the Gospel of Luke or on the Parables of Mercy.



Catholic Charities

To volunteer for any of the listed Opportunities, please contact Anna Hernandez at 561-775-9560 or via e-mail.

  • Visit and/or read to the elderly in nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitations centers.
  • Prepare and/or distribute bags of food to clients; Organize donations in church, neighborhood or school for sneakers,  toothbrushes/toothpaste, combs, soap, sunscreen, and tissue for the homeless.
  • Write Easter cards to prisoners through our Prison Ministry.
  • Sort in-kind donations for Birthline/Lifeline Pregnancy Care Centers; Make baby items such as blankets for newborns.
  • Join a prayer chain to pray for abortion-minded women/men.
  • Help tutor homeless children; Prepare meals for the homeless clients served at Samaritan Center in Vero Beach; Provide a workshop on budgeting to homeless families in our transition shelter.
  • Tutor a refugee family.
  • Tutor an immigrant family; Help an immigrant family prepare for citizenship.
  • Join a Matthew 25 disaster recovery team.
  • Participate in National Migration Week observed Jan. 3 - 9, 2016 including attending the diocesan National Migration Week Celebration  Mass on January 2, 2016.  

  • Participate in the CRS Rice Bowl during Lent.

  • Hold a Fair Trade Sale.

  • Form a Catholic social justice group in the parish.

  • Hold  a Laudato Si study group.

  • Form a Justice for Immigrants group.

  • Hold a bi-lingual Parish Post-Abortion Healing Mass.

  • Pray for the men, women and juveniles incarcerated in the state prisons, county jails and juvenile detention centers throughout the diocese, so they will avail themselves of the religious services at their disposal and use the time of their incarceration to enhance their personal relationship with God.



Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery Opportunities

  • Support the No One Buried Alone Ministry: As Christians, we believe the body is sacred and as the temple of the Holy Spirit here on Earth, deserves repose in a consecrated dwelling as we await the coming of our Lord Jesus and the resurrection of our bodies. Guided by this truth, the cemetery accepts the remains of those who have no family or friends to bury them…the loveless, the homeless, and the abandoned stillborns who possess inherent dignity because they are made in the image of God. Please consider attending a charitable commital service which occur periodically throughout the year. 
  • Pray for the Dead: The Month's Mind Requiem is celebrated on the second Saturday of every month. Held in the outdoor chapel, this memorial Mass is held monthly and is offered for those laid to rest in the previous month, all of the deceased in our cemetery, and for all the Souls in Purgatory.



Ideas for School and Religious Education Students

  • Devote a month to each of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. During the month include special prayers, Bible stories, service projects, art, drama, and writing projects.
  • Daily reading at prayer time of an appropriate reading from Scripture.
  • Service projects: bring canned goods to school Mass for food pantry; send cards to shut-ins; bring bread for soup kitchens; save soda can tops for St. Jude Hospital.
  • Daily say Pope Francis’ Prayer for Mercy
  • Have a faculty and staff retreat on theme of Mercy
  • Learn/teach Classical Art Appreciation on art depicting works of mercy. This can also be done with literature.
  • Teach about Saints of Mercy; Teach Parables of Mercy; Teach Psalms of Mercy. Helpful tip: view the Books, Study Guides, Website and Additional Resources on our diocesan Jubilee of Mercy web page.
  • Have families with their children write Prayers of Mercy to be recited with the family.
  • Participate in the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Rice Bowl.
  • Write letters or call those who are lonely or shut-ins.
  • Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a family.
  • Celebrate “Doing a Kindness toward anothe.”:  Honor students caught showing mercy; Explain as examples for other students.
  • Have a “Door of Mercy” on a bulletin board and use it as a site for special prayers during Year of Mercy.
  • Look for activities online from faith/education teachers and experts. For example, view the blog from Katie Bogner calledLook to Him & Be Radiant . Under the Sharing the Faith section of the blog, Katie provides a list of Year of Mercy Activities.
  • Look for craft and other activities for the Year of Mercy on Pinterest.


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Throughout the Jubilee of Mercy, the Diocese of Palm Beach will continue to update the guide with additional suggestions and information. We expect to list Jubilee of Mercy events on our website’s Events Calendar so our entire faith community can unite in prayer and practice mercy together. We encourage the parishes and ministries of our diocese to contribute to both our guide and Events Calendar.


For more Major Events, please click here.

For events in the Diocese of Palm Beach, please click here to visit our online Events Calendar.



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