Jubilee Year of Mercy

December 8, 2015 – November 20, 2016


We constantly need to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace.  Our salvation depends on it.

Pope Francis

The Diocese of Winona-Rochester invites everyone to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy, a time to meditate upon and more actively respond to the infinite mercy of God, which he offers to every soul through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Please explore the resources below to learn more about the Holy Year, how to live it, and about God’s greatest attribute, mercy.


Official Vatican Resources

Jubilee of Mercy Hymn

The Ends of the Earth Have Seen His Mercy


The Ends of the Earth Have Seen His Mercy

(Full Version)

The Ends of the Earth Have Seen His Mercy

(Trailer ES)

The Ends of the Earth Have Seen His Mercy

(Full Version ES)

Resources from Other Diocese

Resources Liturgy/Prayer

Please find below guidelines, resources and recommendations for the observance of the Holy Year with respect to the Sacred Liturgy, the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, Indulgences, Prayer and Devotions.

Divine Mercy Devotion

During the Jubilee, consider making a special commitment to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy every day of the Jubilee Year!  This short, powerful prayer is a beautiful way to encounter the infinite mercy of God poured out for us and the world through the Passion of his Son Jesus Christ.

Official Logo

“…The logo which represents a summa theologiae of the theme of mercy and the motto which accompanies it. The motto “Merciful Like the Father” (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.

“It is an image quite important to the early Church: that of the Son having taken upon His shoulders the lost soul, demonstrating that it is Christ's love 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 that has 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, his or her own humanity and the future that lies ahead.

“The scene is enclosed in a mandorla, an element typical of ancient and medieval iconography, that recalls the coexistence of the two natures, divine and human, in Christ. The three concentric ovals, with colors progressively lighter as we move outward, suggest the movement of Christ Who carries humanity out of the darkness of sin and death. Conversely, the depth of the darker color suggests the impenetrability of the love of the Father Who forgives all. The logo is the work of Father Marko I. Rupnik.

“The logo has been registered in the international forum in order to safeguard its rights and to prevent any inappropriate use. It is obvious that permission must be granted by the Pontifical Council for any non-religious use of the logo and that any infringement will be duly prosecuted.”

Holy Doors

Opening of the “Holy Doors” on December 13, 2015

On December 13, 2015, Bishop Quinn joined bishops across the world in opening a Holy Door at the diocesan cathedral.

The opening of the Holy Door took place at the 10:30 am Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, and marked the opening of the Year of Mercy in our diocese.  This holy door is a focus of our diocesan observance of the Year of Mercy. The Holy Father opened the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica on December 8th, and the Holy Door at the Cathedral of St. John Lateran on December 13th. 

In the papal bull announcing the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis writes, “I will have the joy of opening the Holy Door on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. On that day, the Holy Door will become a Door of Mercy through which anyone who enters will experience the love of God who consoles, pardons, and instills hope.”

In addition to the Holy Door at the Cathedral, Bishop Quinn has asked those parishes dedicated to the Sacred Heart, as well as the Sacred Heart Mercy Health Care Center in Jackson and Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel at Assisi Heights in Rochester, to inaugurate a holy door so that pilgrims from across the diocese will have access to the graces and indulgences that can be gained by processing through a holy door.  Parishes and individuals will be provided information on how to make a pilgrimage to the holy door sites.  This is an extension of the grace of mercy which God bestows upon us through this special jubilee observance.

Holy Door and Pilgrimage Sites

  • Cathedral of the Sacred Heart – Winona, MN
  • Sacred Heart Church – Adams, MN
  • Sacred Heart Church – Brewster, MN
  • Sacred Heart Church – Hayfield, MN
  • Sacred Heart Church – Heron Lake, MN
  • Sacred Heart Church – Owatonna, MN
  • Sacred Heart Church – Waseca, MN
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel (at Assisi Heights) – Rochester, MN
  • Sacred Heart Mercy Health Care Center Chapel – Jackson, MN

The chapel at Sacred Heart Hospice in Austin, MN, is also designated as a “special site” for the jubilee year.  Although it will not have a Holy Door nor be a pilgrimage site, its residents and guests may receive an indulgence by visiting the chapel when the other conditions for the indulgence are met.

Indulgence and Conditions

The season of grace, which is the Jubilee of Mercy, will naturally be characterized by the possibility of obtaining the plenary indulgence through certain pious exercises culminating in entering through the Holy Door, the Door of Mercy. These pious exercises will accompany the prayer and celebration of the Sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist as concrete signs of conversion and “immersion” in the Mercy of the Father.

Having Crossed the Doorway.  Once they have crossed through the Holy Door or Door of Mercy, or have fulfilled one of the other conditions under which Pope Francis has granted the Jubilee Indulgence (for example, for the sick, for the imprisoned, or for anyone who carries out in person a work of mercy), in addition to the usual conditions which require a heart well-disposed for the grace to bring its desired fruits, the faithful should stop in prayer to fulfill the final actions asked for: the profession of faith, and prayer for the Holy Father and his intentions. The latter should be at least an “Our Father” – the prayer in which Jesus himself taught us to turn as children to the Father – but it could possibly be more. In particular, taking into consideration the spirit of this Holy Year, it is suggested that pilgrims recite the lovely prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee, and that they conclude the time of prayer with an invocation to the merciful Lord Jesus (for example, “Merciful Jesus, I trust in You”). 

[From information provided by the Vatican at the web site of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization]


Holy Hours

A Holy Hour of Mercy will take place each month of the Holy Year in various locations throughout the Diocese.  Please join us as we gather before the Lord in the Eucharist, the source and summit of mercy!


  • Friday, January 1, 2016 - 3:00 pm: Sacred Heart Church - Hayfield, MN
  • Friday, January 1, 2016 - 3:00pm: Sacred Heart Church - Adams, MN
  • Friday, January 1, 2016 - 11:30 am: Sacred Heart Mercy Healthcare Center - Jackson, MN


  • Friday, February 5, 2016 - 3:00 pm: Sacred Heart Church - Adams, MN
  • Friday, February 5, 2016 - 11:30 am: Sacred Heart Mercy Healthcare Center - Jackson, MN
  • Friday, February 12, 2016 - 3:00 pm: Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel at Assisi Heights - Rochester, MN


  • Friday, March 4, 2016 - 3:00 pm: Sacred Heart Church - Owatonna, MN
  • Friday, March 4, 2016 - 3:00pm: Sacred Heart Church - Adams, MN
  • Friday, March 4, 2016 - 11:30 am: Sacred Heart Mercy Healthcare Center - Jackson, MN