Year of Mercy: What are your plans?

The Year of Mercy is upon us and as a part of this extraordinary jubilee we are all encouraged to undertake a pilgrimage during the next twelve months.

Year of Mercy

The year presents a real opportunity for young people to reflect on their faith and spending time outside the normal busyness of life can truly help re-calibrate our priorities.

Is Jesus at the centre of your life?

Often, a pilgrimage can be easily perceived as an extended visit to some far-flung destination but it’s actually much to the contrary.

Pope Francis reflected thus:

“To experience and obtain the Indulgence, the faithful are called to make a brief pilgrimage to the Holy Door, open in every Cathedral.”

Most parishes will be organising a pilgrimage to our Cathedral and this is a very simple and fulfilling way to follow the encouragement of the Holy Father. Keep an eye out on your local notice boards and newsletters and maybe even speak with your parish priest about the parish plans.

On 9 July there will be a diocese pilgrimage to Walsingham, and whilst details are yet to be announced, young people will be encouraged to be a part of this event; it is hoped that several thousand people will attend the day – a real testimony to the strength of our faith in our local parish communities.

Of course, young people will be able to celebrate their jubilee with the Pope at World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, and, as well publicised, our Youth Ministry pilgrimage is taking shape and those over the age of 16 are invited to join us.

Information on the Diocese Pilgrimages can be found here.

Westminster Youth Ministry Pilgrimage to World Youth Day details can be found here.

Within the events section of the Youth Ministry website you can find details of other Pilgrimages organised by our friends e.g. Youth2000.

There are so many ways to embrace the Holy Father’s determination for us to become a pilgrim during this year so plan ahead and do it!