As suggested by the Archbishop in his letter for the opening of the Jubilee of Mercy, some of our parishes have chosen to make their church a Church of Mercy, not with a Door of Mercy, but by committing to offer "24 Hours for the Lord."
In his message to the diocesan faithful, Archbishop Lépine wrote, "All parishes and communities are invited to "think and act with mercy" regarding what has already been planned, and to take initiatives to fully experience this year of grace."
Proposed by the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, the "24 Hours for the Lord" initiative promotes worldwide the extraordinary openness of churches to invite everyone to adore the Blessed Sacrament and celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This year's theme is drawn from Saint Paul's letter to the Ephesians: "God, who is rich in mercy" (Ephesians 2:4).
Presently, more than a dozen parishes have chosen to carry the title, "Church of Mercy." Your parish is not one of them? Ask your pastor to add your parish to the list by contacting the office of the Vicar General at the Archdiocese!
"So many people, including young people, are returning to the Sacrament of Reconciliation; through this experience they are rediscovering a path back to the Lord, living a moment of intense prayer and finding meaning in their lives. Let us place the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the centre once more in such a way that it will enable people to touch the grandeur of God's mercy with their own hands. For every penitent, it will be a source of true interior peace" (The Face of Mercy, No. 17).
List of the churches of Mercy
List of the "Doors of Mercy" in Montreal