Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


As the Holy Year comes to an end, the Holy Doors close

Published November 17, 2016

ATLANTA—The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy concludes Nov. 20 on the solemnity of Christ the King.

Four of Atlanta’s seven pilgrim sites with Holy Doors have announced closing Masses:

The Monastery of the Holy Spirit will close its door on Sunday, Nov. 20, with Mass at 9 a.m. The monastery is located at 2625 Highway 212, SW, in Conyers.

The Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, will have a closing Mass on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 10:30 a.m. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory will be the celebrant and will close the Holy Door.

Holy Vietnamese Martyrs Church, 4545 Timmers Way in Norcross, will close its Holy Door on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24. Mass will be 9:30 a.m., and the closing will follow.

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 353 Peachtree St., NE, Atlanta, will close the Holy Door on Sunday, Nov. 20. Mass times are 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (Spanish).

The Holy Year of Mercy began Dec. 8, 2015, as designated by Pope Francis.

Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory named seven church buildings as locations for the Holy Doors of Mercy in response to the pope’s request to make the graces of the year widely available.

Pope Francis granted the possibility of a plenary indulgence, or the full remission of temporal punishment for sins committed, if certain steps were fulfilled in the spirit of conversion. The indulgence can be applied to one’s self or to the souls of the deceased.

To experience and obtain the indulgence, the faithful are called to make a pilgrimage to a designated Holy Door and pass through the door, make a sacramental confession, receive the holy Eucharist with a reflection on mercy, pray for the Holy Father and his intentions, make a profession of faith with the Apostles or Nicene Creed, and reject desire or temptation to commit sin.