The Cathedral of Saint Joseph, 140 Farmington Ave., Hartford will close its Holy Door on November 13th during its Sunday Mass at 11 a.m.
The opening of the Holy Door by Archbishop Leonard Blair last December ushered in the Jubilee Year of Mercy with an invitation from Pope France to the faithful to practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy and to seek reconciliation. The Cathedral, which seats 2000, was filled to capacity. Since then, Rev. Michael Ruminski, associate pastor of the Cathedral, says there have been tens of thousands of visitors including individuals, families, church groups, and community groups.
“This Saturday, I have two busloads of parishioners from Queens, NY coming to walk through the door and tour the Cathedral. Their challenge was to visit as many Holy Doors in New England as they could,” said Ruminski.
According to Ruminski, the Jubilee Year of Mercy is a great reminder that mercy should be a part of our daily life. To celebrate this special jubilee, the Archdiocese of Hartford sponsored a series of diverse events including a Divine Mercy Sunday Pilgrimage, a Family Mass, prayer services for altar servers and religious education directors, a witnessing of the holy relics, a lecture series, and “24 Hours for the Lord” adoration.
By joining in these prayerful occasions, Archbishop Blair hopes that people were able to realize God’s mercy in their lives and the lives of others.
The Jubilee Year of Mercy will officially end when Pope Francis closes the Holy Door at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome on Sunday, November 20th.
For more information about the Cathedral visit: cathedralofsaintjoseph.com.