Welcome to the Cathedral of St. Peter
Most Reverend David J. Malloy, D.D., J.C.L., S.T.D.
Bishop of Rockford
Cathedral of St. Peter is a Roman Catholic Church whose mission is that of Jesus Christ: the conversion of sinners and the salvation of souls. This is accomplished by preaching the Gospel, celebrating the Sacraments and evangelizing the world around us.
The Year of Mercy Holy Door at the Cathedral of St. Peter
On Dec 8th Pope Francis will open the Holy Door at St. Peter Basilica in Rome, opening the celebration of a year of mercy.
Pope Francis explained the purpose of this extraordinary year in this way:
“We want to live this Jubilee Year in light of the Lord’s words: ‘Merciful like the Father’. . . I present this Extraordinary Jubilee Year dedicated to living out in our daily lives the mercy which the Father constantly extends to all of us.”
“. . . to reach the Holy Door in Rome or in any other place in the world, everyone, each according to his or her ability, will have to make a pilgrimage. This will be a sign that mercy is also a goal to reach and requires dedication and sacrifice. May pilgrimage be an impetus to conversion: by crossing the threshold of the Holy Door, we will find the strength to embrace God’s mercy and dedicate ourselves to being merciful with others as the Father has been with us.” (from Misericordiae Vultus)
The designated Holy Door at the Cathedral of St. Peter is the main door on Church Street at the south end of the Cathedral. This entrance will be closed off on the weekend of the Feast of Christ the King, Nov. 21/22. The door will be solemnly opened for the Holy Year at the end of a Mass on 11:00 a.m. on Sunday Dec. 13th.
This Holy Year is a strong call to repentance and to the experience of God’s grace in the sacraments, especially through Reconciliation. It is also a special time to live out the call to mercy and forgiveness in the Church, in our families, and in our society and world.
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The general election on November 8 offers Illinois residents the opportunity to vote for candidates for U.S. president, Congress, and the state legislature. The Catholic Church is nonpartisan, and does not endorse candidates nor tell parishioners which candidates they should elect. The Church does offer guidance for discernment as parishioners make their decisions on how to vote with a properly formed conscience. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has updated its document, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, which may be found at www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/faithful-citizenship/index.cfm
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