Holy Doors open in Valley for Jubilee of Mercy
In connection with Pope Francis declaring a special Jubilee year focused on mercy, the Catholic Church will be granting indulgences, a way the church believes punishment for sins can be reduced, at a number of churches in the central San Joaquin Valley that have been designated as having a special “Holy Door.”
The churches are: St. John’s Cathedral in Fresno, Our Lady of Mercy in Merced, St. Joachim in Madera, St. Anthony of Padua in Reedley, Immaculate Heart of Mary in Hanford, St. Aloysius in Tulare, Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Bakersfield, St. Therese in Shafter and St. Ann in Ridgecrest. The Jubilee began Dec. 8 and will culminate Nov. 20, 2016.
“The year before us is indeed an extraordinary opportunity that we all must pursue intently,” Bishop Armando Ochoa of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno wrote in a letter. “The gift of God’s love, mercy and grace is truly the fulfillment of our deepest desires. The depth of healing that is being offered to us through Christ our Lord and His Holy Church can renew us, strengthen us and guide us into the greatest potential of becoming our authentic selves according to God’s divine plan. Infused with God’s love and mercy, we will be able to more effectively live out what we are called to be through the prophet Micah (6:8), to ‘do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God.’ ”
Big Red Camp for children
First Congregational Church of Fresno, 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd., Fresno, will host a day program for children ages 3 through 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. from Monday, Jan. 4, through Friday, Jan. 8. The program is designed to help children with peer interaction while participating in a number of activities, including yoga, exercises to promote mindfulness, cooking, crafts, karate, dance and cheerleading. A leadership program is available for children from ages 9 to 12. Send $25 to the church to reserve a spot.
Tucker Russell and Ted Reynoso will direct this year’s camp through the church’s Ministry of Christian Education. Please send a daily snack and drink with your child.
Sunday, Dec. 27
Annual Blessing of the Animals
First Congregational Church of Fresno, 2131 N. Van Ness Blvd., Fresno, 559-227-8489, Free. 10 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 28
Griefshare: Surviving the Holidays
Kerman Covenant Church, 15495 W. Whitesbridge Ave., Kerman, 559-846-5307, free. 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 29
Wednesday, Dec. 30
Griefshare: Care Connections
The Bridge Church, 3438 E. Ashlan Ave., Fresno, 559-226-4100. 10 a.m.
Sunday, Jan. 3
Life Calls On Us: A Service for the New Year
Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno, 2672 E. Alluvial Ave., Fresno, www.uufresno.org. 10:30 a.m.
Thursday, Jan. 7
Fresno Catholic Singles
Saint Paul Catholic Newman Center, 1572 E. Barstow Ave., Fresno. 6:30 p.m.
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