Catholic Church’s Ju­bilee of Mercy to end Sun­day

Cecil Whig - - & - By JANE BELLMYER



— The con­gre­ga­tion of Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion Catholic Church will use its noon mass Sun­day to close the door on the Ju­bilee Year of Mercy.

Eileen Pea­cock, a mem­ber of the church at 455 Bow St. in Elkton said the con­gre­ga­tion has grown since Pope Fran­cis made the dec­la­ra­tion in April 2015 for the Ju­bilee to be­gin in De­cem­ber of that year.

Pope Fran­cis de­creed the Year of Mercy to run Dec. 8 through Nov. 20 and to in­clude a Ju­bilee Year.

Ju­bilee years have been called by the Catholic Church ev­ery 25 to 50 years since 1300, in or­der for wor­ship­pers to re­ceive bless­ing and par­don from God and re­mis­sion of sins. Spe­cial Ju­bilee years, known as ex­tra­or­di­nary Ju­bilees, are called from from time to time to rec­og­nize events of note.

“It’s def­i­nitely been worth­while,” Pea­cock said. “A lot more younger peo­ple came and joined the church.”

A sim­i­lar cel­e­bra­tion will also be held Sun­day at 9 a.m. at St. Jude Mis­sion Church in North East.

Us­ing Luke 6:36 as a cen­tral theme for the Year of Mercy, Fa­ther Jim Yeakel, pas­tor of Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion, called on the faith­ful to in­ten­tion­ally re­mind them­selves “not only of God’s mercy to­ward us but also of our call to ex­tend that mercy to oth­ers.”

Last De­cem­ber, Yeakel led the church in a kick-off of the year of mercy by sym­bol­i­cally open­ing the front doors of the sanc­tu­ary, re­ferred to as the open­ing of the Holy Door.

The tra­di­tion of open­ing a Holy Door dur­ing a Ju­bilee to sym­bol­i­cally open the way to sal­va­tion and mercy dates back to the 15th cen­tury, when Pope Martin V opened the door at the pa­pal basil­ica of St. John Lat­eran.

Pea­cock said the rit­ual would be ob­served at Catholic churches around the world this week­end. The pub­lic is in­vited to par­tic­i­pate, she added.


Kath­leen Obarski, right, and Fa­ther Jim Yeakel, priest at Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion Catholic Church in Elkton, lead the con­gre­ga­tion through a cer­e­mony in De­cem­ber, which of­fi­cially kicked off the Year of Mercy. This Sun­day, the Ju­bilee comes to a close with a mass at noon at the church on Bow Street.

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