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The Holy Doors of Mercy in the Diocese of San Jose Closed

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Bishop Patrick J. McGrath joins Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph Pastor, Father Joseph Benedict (left), Deacon Greg Ortiz and Parochial Vicar Father Michael Syjueco. (Photos courtesy of Jen Vazquez)

The Diocese of San Jose officially closed the Jubilee Year’s Holy Door of Mercy at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph during the 11:30 a.m. Mass on November 13.

Bishop Patrick J. McGrath officially opened the Holy Door at the Cathedral on December 13, 2015. The Jubilee Year of Mercy ran from December 8, 2015, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, to November 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Christ the King, before the start of Advent.

Pope Francis designated the liturgical year as the Year of Mercy to symbolize the blessings that God wants to give to anyone who asks. The Pope invited every Catholic diocese in the world to establish a Holy Door in its Cathedral. The Holy Father wanted the doors to be where the faithful could encounter God’s mercy and be strengthened to be merciful to others as God has been merciful to them.

In the Diocese of San Jose, there were three Holy Doors: at the Cathedral, Our Lady of Guadalupe in San Jose and Our Lady of Peace in Santa Clara.