BY Daniel Harkins | January 4 | comments icon 0 COMMENTS     print icon print

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Bishop Toal opens Holy Door at Carfin

New Year begins at national shrine to Our Lady in Motherwell with ceremony for Year of Mercy

The New Year came to Motherwell with the opening of a Holy Door of Mercy at Carfin Grotto.

On the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, parish priest Fr Francis McGachey and Deacon James Aitken welcomed Bishop Joseph Toal of Motherwell to the grotto for the celebration.

The bishop also celebrated Mass in St Francis Xavier’s Church for parishioners.

The Holy Door is one of two in Motherwell diocese, with the other at Our Lady of Good Aid Cathedral opened last month.

The Holy Year of Mercy was opened by Pope Francis on December 8 and will last until November 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Christ the King.

As part of the extraordinary jubilee year, the first jubilee year since 2000 and first extraordinary year since 1983, Holy Doors have been opened at churches across the world, including at every Cathedral in Scotland, in an historical first.

A Plenary Indulgence can be obtained for all who enter through the Holy Doors, or applied to the souls of the deceased, as long as the recipient is in a state of grace and has received communion and confession and prayed for the intentions of the Pope.

 

—daniel@sconews.co.uk

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