There are a number of ways to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Doors and through into the beautiful Cathedral of the Holy Spirit.
Individuals may wish to simply come and pass through the Holy Doors, open every day in this extraordinary year. Once you pass through the doors there is the opportunity to sign maps highlighting different areas of the Diocese of Palmerston North. You are encouraged to spend time in the Cathedral reflecting on Mercy. There is also an opportunity to participate in a meditation focused on the Windows of Mercy – the beautiful stained glass windows in the Cathedral that each speak of one aspect of Mercy. You are also encouraged to participate in a Parish Mass – depending on your time of arrival.
School groups can be hosted by the local community. The students and their teachers will be welcomed, the Doors will be solemnly opened and the opportunity to participate in a reflection, meditation and shared hospitality is offered. Schools can contact the parish office to confirm the schedule of activities.
Parish groups can be hosted in a similar way. A particular focus will be joining with the local community in a liturgy on the day. The same aspects of a solemn opening of the door, a reflection, meditation and shared hospitality is all available. Parish groups should also contact the parish office to confirm the schedule of activities.
Everybody that passes through the Holy Doors receives a pilgrims badge printed with the logo for the Year of Mercy.
The call is to take the experience of pilgrimage back with you to your home, school, workplace and community and live out the year of mercy in each and every action.