On Sunday, Bishop Richard Pates closed a door at St. Ambrose Cathedral in anticipation of the launch of the Jubilee of Mercy year. Pope Francis will open a jubilee door in Rome on Tuesday to begin the holy year. Bishops around the world will open doors on Sunday, Dec. 13 to kick off local celebrations of this year dedicated to recognize God's merciful love. Seven other doors across the Diocese of Des Moines were closed in anticipation of the holy year this past weekend. When they open on Sunday, they will become Holy Doors which open opportunities for grace and mercy during the jubilee year.
The churches with Holy Doors are: St. Ambrose Cathedral, Basilica of St. John and Our Lady of the Americas in Des Moines; St. Patrick in Council Bluffs; St. Patrick in Bayard; Holy Spirit in Creston; St. Joseph in Earling; and St. Patrick in Imogene. The rite of closing the doors beautifully describes the symbolism.
These sites with Holy Doors will become places of pilgrimage. The closing rite beautifully describes the significance of the doors. "When go through a Holy Door with an open heart and a sincere desire to encounter the Lord, we open our lives to transformation and change and we will be filled with God’s abundant love and mercy."