This Jubilee Year of Mercy will provide opportunities for all to discover the rich depths of the Father’s mercy!


Experience the grace of Christ in the Confessional during the Year of Mercy!

The Sacrament of Reconcilation is available in every church in the Catholic Diocese of Dallas.

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Masses, Events and Pilgrimages


At Cathedral Guadalupe & Divine Mercy


Bishop Farrell's letter on the Jubilee


Plenary Indulgences in the Year of Mercy


Videos on Mercy


How to go to Confession

Suggestions for Spiritual Works of Mercy

The Spiritual Works of Mercy recognize sin, ignorance, doubt, sorrow and other human conditions where we need to reach out in faith and love to others. How many times did Jesus rebuke with love, counsel, teach and help those who did not know Him?



  • Instruct the Ignorant

    • Dedicate time to learning your Catholic faith and share your understanding of the faith with others.
    • Share your insights, knowledge and skills with others, especially friends and co-workers.
    • Put an end to gossip by walking away; set a good example for others.
  • Counsel the doubtful

    • When someone comes asking for advice or just to talk about a problem, be a good listener
    • Be present to those who are struggling or in emotional pain or despair.
    • Follow Christ with the witness of your life so that others may see God's love revealed in your actions.
  • Admonish sinners

    • Fraternal correction is explained by Jesus himself in St Matthew’s gospel. “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother” (Matt 18:15).
    • Be courageous yet compassionate in calling people and institutions to be faithful to Gospel values.
    • In humility we must strive to create a culture that does not accept sin, while realizing that we all fall at times.
  • Bear wrongs patiently

    • Step away from the situation, take a few deep breaths, pray the Our Father, asking God for patience
    • Assume that people who may have hurt you did so because they are enduring pain of their own
    • Pray for those who have wronged you.
  • Forgive offenses willingly

    • Go out of your way to be positive with someone you are having a difficult time with.
    • Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet.
    • Let go of grudges.
  • Comfort the sorrowful

    • Give comfort and care to those with sick loved ones.
    • Write a letter or send a card to someone who is suffering.
    • Offer words of encouragement to those who seem discouraged.
  • Pray for the living and the dead

    • Keep your own book of prayer intentions, writing down the names of those who you are keeping in your prayers.
    • Visit a cemetery and pray for the dead.
    • Request a Mass intention for a friend or family member who is going through a tough time.

Corporal Works of Mercy

The Corporal Works of Mercy recognizes the sacredness of human life. We learn through fulfilling these Works of Mercy for others that we are our brother's keeper. Our feelings of love for our fellow man must be accompanied by acts of charity.

  • Feed the Hungry

    • Support and volunteer for food pantries, soup kitchens, and agencies that feed the
    • Make meals for people with someone in their family who is ill or has just passed away.
    • See to the proper nutrition of your loved ones.
  • Give drink to the thirsty

    • Collect bottled water at a school or parish to distribute at a shelter for families.
    • Donate to help build wells for water for those in need.
    • Watch for ways to save water or keep it clean.
  • Clothe the naked

    • Knit hats for cancer victims to donate to hospitals and clinics.
    • Look for baby clothes on sale or make your own and donate them to mothers who need assistance, through a pregnancy crisis shelter.
    • Clean out dresser drawers and closets at the beginning of each season and take the clothes to St. Vincent de Paul or another charitable thrift store.
  • Shelter the homeless

    • Help build a house with Habitat for Humanity.
    • Send Christmas, Easter, any type of card to the servicemen overseas.
    • help neighbors care for their homes and do repairs.
  • Care for the sick

    • Volunteer to drive the elderly in your parish to medical appointments and treatment facilities.
    • Sit with a homebound person so their caregiver can go out.
    • Cook and deliver meals to the sick and homebound.
  • Visit the prisoners

    • Support efforts that seek the abolition of the death penalty.
    • Support and/or participate in ministries to those who are incarcerated.
    • Learn what the Church teaches about Capital Punishment.
  • Bury the dead

    • Call the Catholic Diocese Cemetery and ask if they need help in the fall or spring with cleanup around the cemetery grounds.
    • Participate in a bereavement ministry.
    • Spend time with widows and widowers.


Making it happen—Making it real

Making Mercy Prayerful

  • Weekly “Mercy Petition” at Sunday Mass
  • Celebrate Sacrament of Penance
  • Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Sounds of Mercy

  • Choir Prelude – every week, sing a song (text) about mercy
  • Concert for Year of Mercy
  • Sing official hymn at Mass monthly

Promoting Mercy

  • Preach on Spiritual  & Corporal Acts of Mercy
  • Pilgrimage to the Church w/Door of Mercy
  • March for the Divine Mercy

Mercy in Action

  • Catechesis units on Mercy in religious education
  • Practice Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy
  • Mercy Monday:  at home, at work, at school, after school, at sports practice

Making Mercy Real

  • RCIA Group omit a session: send all to do a work of Mercy, report back next session
  • Monthly Parish Mercy project (different groups volunteer/do different merciful actions)
  • Holy Hour Volunteering

Making Mercy Visual

  • Story Contest for “Year of Mercy” (at home, church, school)
  • Art Contest
  • Post brief mercy video on website or Social Media


Find out how to celebrate the Jubilee in your home and parish


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Resources provided by the the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops


More resources and information on the Jubilee

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