Letter to Parishioners from Bishop Barbarito (for parish bulletins weekend of Dec. 5 & 6)
Jubilee of Mercy Prayer (in English, full-sided one page)
The diocesan web page for the Jubilee of Mercy is under development. It will be ready the second week of November. Meantime, the Office of Communications will post resources to this area for use by our diocesan parishes (including use by Bulletin Editors and ministry leaders) and diocesan schools and staff.
The Jubilee of Mercy logo is copyrighted by the Vatican however permission for use is allowed by Catholic dioceses and its entities for pastoral use only and may not be utilized for commercial use.
The Jubilee of Mercy Logo
The logo with wording in other languages is available on the Vatican Jubilee of Mercy website. Please click here to visit that page and download any additional images.
The Meaning Behind the Logo
The logo and the motto together provide a fitting summary of what the Jubilee Year is all about. The motto, Merciful Like the Father, (taken from the Gospel of Luke, 6:36) serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of the Father who asks us not to judge or condemn but to forgive and to give love and forgiveness without measure (cfr. Lk 6:37-38). The logo – the work of Jesuit Father Marko I. Rupnik – presents a small, summa theologiae, of the theme of mercy. In fact, it represents an image quite important to the early Church: that of the Son having taken upon his shoulders the lost soul demonstrating that it is the love of Christ that brings to completion the mystery of his incarnation culminating in redemption. The logo has been designed in such a way so as to express the profound way in which the Good Shepherd touches the flesh of humanity and does so with a love with the power to change one’s life. One particular feature worthy of note is that while the Good Shepherd, in his great mercy, takes humanity upon himself, his eyes are merged with those of man. Christ sees with the eyes of Adam, and Adam with the eyes of Christ. Every person discovers in Christ, the new Adam, one’s own humanity and the future that lies ahead, contemplating, in his gaze, the love of the Father.
The scene is captured within the so called mandorla (the shape of an almond) a figure quite important in early and medieval iconography, for it calls to mind the two natures of Christ, divine and human. The three concentric ovals, with colors progressively lighter as we move outward, suggest the movement of Christ who carries humanity out of the night of sin and death. Conversely, the depth of the darker color suggests the impenetrability of the love of the Father who forgives all.
Vatican Jubilee of Mercy Official Website: http://www.im.va/content/gdm/en.html
Pastoral Resources - Books
The Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization promulgated a series of 8 books as the official catechetical resources for the Jubilee Year of Mercy (December 8, 2015 - November 20, 2016). Pope Francis will be speaking on these themes in his weekly catechesis throughout the year. ,
The books are available to purchase through the Our Sunday Visitor website. Please click here to learn more about the books and to place an order.
"At times we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father's action in our lives."-- Pope Francis
Pastoral Resorces - Brochures
Our Sunday Visitor has also produced a brochure that explains the Jubilee of Mercy. It is available in English and Spanish. Please click here to view and/or to purchase the brochures.
Pastoral Resources - Banners
Diocesan Publications produced five banners for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. These are available for purchase on the company's website. Please note Bishop Barbarito and the Diocese of Palm Beach have selected Banner C to be utilized for the Pastoral Center and diocesan events. Each parish will receive one of Banner C,from Bishop Barbarito. Parishes or ministries may order additional banners from Diocesan Publications. Please click here to shop for the banners.
Pastoral Resources from the Diocese of Palm Beach
The Diocese of Palm Beach will soon be releasing additional resources to assist parishes and schools in observing the Jubilee of Mercy. Information on diocesan Jubilee Events will also be coming soon.
Important Major Events:
December 8, 2015 through November 16, 2016: Jubilee of Mercy Observance
December 8, 2015: Pope Francis opens the Holy Doors at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
December 13, 2015: Opening of the Holy Doors of the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls and of the Basilicas of St. John Lateran and St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome, and of the Cathedrals of the world.
If you have questions about resources available for the Jubilee of Mercy or promotion within the Diocese of Palm Beach, please contact Dianne Laubert, Director of Communications, at 561-775-9529 or via e-mail.