On 17 September 2023, Evangelii Gaudium Sunday calls us to be joyous in proclaiming our faith as we look towards the forthcoming Jubilee Year of 2025 and the preceding Year of Prayer in preparation for that Jubilee.
In Latin, the language of the Catholic Church, Evangelii Gaudium means ‘Joy of the Gospel’. The spreading of the Gospel is key to the life of the lay faithful who have access to family, friends, acquaintances, workmates and the wider community. Formerly known as Home Mission Sunday, the second collection on Sunday supports the work carried out by the Mission Directorate on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW).
Much of the CBCEW’s work at present is to assist the Diocesan Bishops in preparations for 2025, which Pope Francis has called a Jubilee Year with the theme Pilgrims of Hope.
Bishop Marcus and his Diocesan Jubilee Year Co-ordinator are having special diocesan web-pages developed, which will be dedicated to our preparations and celebrations of the Jubilee Year 2025 in the Diocese of Leeds!
The Holy See and CBCEW will be releasing information but it is intended that every diocese will celebrate the Jubilee differently and at a local level in parishes and schools. Everyone is warmly encouraged to send in ideas for Jubilee pilgrimages, events and activities in your own parish or school to our dedicated ‘Jubilee 2025’ email address email@example.com – and in due course, they will be published and publicised along with other local Jubilee resources.
In Rome, Pope Francis will be officially opening the Holy Door on 24 December 2024 – and will soon reveal his plans to permit other Holy Doors at cathedrals and churches across the world. The Holy Father also invites us to keep the rest of 2023 and all of 2024 as years of preparation for the Jubilee. In 2023, we are asked to reflect on the four Constitutions of the Second Vatican Council (‘Vatican II’, which took place between 1962 and 1965); and during 2024, there will be resources to help deepen our prayer life, with a special focus on the Lord’s Prayer.
For more information on the Jubilee and its Year of Prayer as it is released by the Holy See, please visit the website: https://www.iubilaeum2025.va/en.html