Theology 101

Holy Doors and pilgrimage churches in the Diocese of La Crosse

On Dec. 13, 2015, in the Diocese of La Crosse, Holy Doors were opened at the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman and the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse. Holy Doors will remain open throughout the world until they are closed on Nov. 13, 2016, with the exception of the Holy Door at St. Peter’s Basilica, which will be closed by Pope Francis on the feast of Christ the King, Nov. 20, 2016, bringing the Year of Mercy to a conclusion.

Each deanery of the diocese has a Year of Mercy pilgrimage church designated by Bishop Callahan, listed below. A Year of Mercy plenary indulgence can be obtained by visiting these churches (as well as the Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman or the Shrine of our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse) and carrying out the prescribed prayers and actions for gaining the indulgence. Parishes and pilgrimage groups can download the Year of Mercy Pilgrimage Booklet and get more contact information in the Lenten Resources tab at www.diolc.org/mercy.

Pilgrimage church City
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Pine Creek
Sacred Heart of Jesus Jim Falls
Sacred Heart of Jesus Spring Valley
Sacred Heart of Jesus Eau Claire
Sacred Heart of Jesus Marshfield
Sacred Heart Wauzeka
Sacred Heart Lone Rock
Sacred Heart Polonia
Holy Rosary Owen
Sacred Heart of Jesus Cashton
Sacred Heart Cassel
Sacred Heart of Jesus Nekoosa

The idea of mercy is not reserved to shrines and parishes, but is formed first in the home, then taken to the world. Make your home a place of mercy by sharing that idea with everyone who enters through your door, starting with your family. As mercy within the home increases, it has the ability to travel outward as in a pilgrimage.

As Pope Francis said, “May the doors of our Christian homes be signs and symbols of the door of God’s mercy, a door ever open to all who knock and desire to meet Jesus.”

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