BOSTON -- A Jubilee Year of Mercy Mass for the Sick and their Caregivers will take place on Sunday, April 24, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. Cardinal Seán O'Malley will preside.
Organized by the Cardinal's Office, the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the Order of Malta, St. John's Seminary and the Archdiocesan Office of Chaplaincy Programs, the Mass is part of the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Those attending the Mass can walk through the Holy Door at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. A Holy Door is an entrance to a cathedral or church that symbolizes a path to salvation. The Holy Door at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross is the only one in the Archdiocese of Boston. Traditionally, pilgrims have traveled to Rome to mark Jubilee years, but, to encourage every Catholic to make a pilgrimage, Pope Francis invited dioceses from around the world to open Holy Doors, allowing the faithful to make pilgrimages closer to home.
"Cardinal Seán invites in a special way all those who are sick and their caregivers, that they may come and pray for the Lord's healing in their bodies, minds and souls," said Father Jonathan Gaspar, Director of Divine Worship for the Archdiocese of Boston. "The Cardinal will anoint those who wish to receive the Sacrament of the Sick during this Jubilee Mass."