The following are the name Holy Doors across the Archdiocese of Johannesburg in the different Deaneries and at the Schoenstatt Shrine.
The presence of a Holy Door makes the Cathedral or designated Church a particular place of Pilgrimage, a focus of Prayer and openness to God’s mercy and the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
They are as follows:
- Central Deanery – Cathedral of Christ the King
- East Rand Deanery – Schoenstatt Shrine Bedfordview
- Far East Deanery – St Patrick Benoni
- West Rand Deanery – St John’s Northriding
- South Deanery – Our Lady of Lebanon Mulbarton
- Soweto Deanery – St Peter Claver Pimville
- North Deanery – St Charles Victory Park
- Vaal Deanery – to be announced
These doors will be opened on Sunday, 13th December 2015 and the solemn opening of the Holy Doors in the Cathedral and designated Churches in the deaneries will be accompanied by Holy Mass, prepared by the priest-in-charge assisted by parishioners and the deanery.
This Jubilee Year is a time when the Church is called to respond to the Lord’s call to be merciful to all people. Our world today is marred by hatred, violence and religious intolerance – a disposition which makes it difficult for humanity to be merciful. The image of the Holy Door is an appropriate and powerful metaphor in this context. The Holy door of the Cathedral or designated Churches need to serve as a reminder to us of the door of our hearts that needs to remain open so that we can become bearers of mercy to those we label as foreigners, asylum seekers, drug addicts, those who are being discriminated against because they are different from us, the homeless and those who,
while they may have a roof over their heads, seek the peace and mercy that comes from knowing
The mercy of God is love in action, reaching out to every person, to each one of us in our brokenness. Mercy is God’s tender embrace in lifting us up and inviting us to begin again.