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Year of Mercy

Pope Francis has declared that starting on the 8th December we will be celebrating the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

We have lots of exciting events and resources to share with you over the course of the year. Take a look below…

Next Event:

Summer Youth Day - Aylesford Priory

25th June

Join groups from the Diocese and Southwark Catholic Youth Service as we enjoy a day of conversation, games, music, art and drama. The day begins at 10am and concludes with Mass at 6pm

Please book in advance. £10pp. School years 7-11 welcome.

Contact to book, or call 01227 272900


On the 27th November Archbishop Peter blessed the Diocesan Mercy Candles which will tour the deanery schools.

If the Candle has arrived at your school without a laminated sheet, please download it here.


You can download the accompanying PowerPoints for our Liturgy Ideas, which can be edited to include your own song words and images.

Download coming soon.


Every Catholic School in Southwark Diocese should have received enough of our Year of Mercy prayer cards.

If you don’t have enough, please get in touch


The Year of Mercy Logo

Stations of the Cross

The official Year of Mercy website can be found here, including Pope Francis’ words about the Jubilee Year.

The Logo and Motto
The logo and the motto together provide a fitting summary of what the Jubilee Year is all about. The motto Merciful Like the Father (taken from the Gospel of Luke, 6:36) serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of the Father who asks us not to judge or condemn but to forgive and to give love and forgiveness without measure (cfr. Lk 6:37-38). The logo – the work of Jesuit Father Marko I. Rupnik – presents a small summa theologiae of the theme of mercy. In fact, it represents an image quite important to the early Church: that of the Son having taken upon his shoulders the lost soul demonstrating that it is the love of Christ that brings to completion the mystery of his incarnation culminating in redemption. The logo has been designed in such a way so as to express the profound way in which the Good Shepherd touches the flesh of humanity and does so with a love with the power to change one’s life. One particular feature worthy of note is that while the Good Shepherd, in his great mercy, takes humanity upon himself, his eyes are merged with those of man. Christ sees with the eyes of Adam, and Adam with the eyes of Christ. Every person discovers in Christ, the new Adam, one’s own humanity and the future that lies ahead, contemplating, in his gaze, the love of the Father.

The scene is captured within the so called mandorla (the shape of an almond), a figure quite important in early and medieval iconography, for it calls to mind the two natures of Christ, divine and human. The three concentric ovals, with colors progressively lighter as we move outward, suggest the movement of Christ who carries humanity out of the night of sin and death. Conversely, the depth of the darker color suggests the impenetrability of the love of the Father who forgives all.