The following is a list of calendar events for the Year of Mercy.

Open of the Holy Door of St. Peter’s Basilica
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, December 8, 2015

All Cathedrals of the World Open Doors of Mercy
Third Sunday of Advent, December 13, 2015

Diocese of Orange Opens Door of Mercy

  • Holy Family Cathedral, 8 am
  • Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano, 5 pm

World Day of Peace
January 1, 2016

Sending Forth of the Missionaries of Mercy
Ash Wednesday, February 10, 2016

“Lights On” Project 

February 12, 2016

During this Lenten Season we invite you to be a visible sign of God’s love to our brothers and sisters who are released from the Santa Ana jail. Men and women of all ages get released during the late hours of the night without any resources available to them. Help us greet them by providing immediate assistance and a smile.

Click here to learn more about the “Lights On” Project.

Packing Event

February 19, 2016

During this Lenten Season we invite you to be a visible sign of God’s love to our brothers and sisters who are homeless. Help Just Action Movement pack and donate 200 hygiene bags to Catholic Worker. These bags will be distributed to the homeless at our February 26th and 28th events.

Click here for more information on the Packing Event.

Crittenton Center

February 20, 2016

During this Lenten Season we invite you to be a visible sign of God’s love to adolescents who have been abused, homeless, or victims of human trafficking. Come and spend an evening with them.

Click here to learn more about the Crittenton Center.

Feed the Homeless

February 26 and 28, 2016

Join Just Action Movement and OC Catholic Worker, as we minister to the homeless of Santa Ana, by handing out breakfast and hygiene packages. This Lenten Service Project is focused on putting our faith into action and recognizing the dignity of all persons in our community. Volunteers will meet at the Catholic Worker’s Isaiah House, and then move to the Santa Ana Civic Center for the project. Volunteers are ask to also bring at least one article of men’s clothing to donate.

Click here for more information on the Feed the Homeless event.

“24 Hours for the Lord”

The Diocese of Orange will celebrate the Worldwide 24 Hours for the Lord (requested by Pope Francis) on Friday, March 4 beginning at 3PM and ending on Saturday, March 5 at 3PM at Christ Cathedral.


Click here to download complete schedule.

March 4
3 PM – Mass celebrated by Bishop Vann
24 Hours Praying the Rosary & Divine Mercy Chaplet                                                                                                                                           24 Hours of Sacrament of Reconciliation
24 Hours of Eucharistic Adoration
24 Hours Self Directed Labyrinth Prayer Walk
24 Hours Migrant Stations of the Cross
24 hours Pilgrim Walk

24 Hours “Mercy Messages” Wall
Family Reconciliation Service @ 7 PM
Service Project to feed the Hungry 5 PM – 7 PM
Teen Event – XLT @ 8 PM – 9:30 PM                                                                                                                                                              
Movie Screening: “Mary Full of Grace: The story of Mary the Mother of Jesus”/ Fri. 8 PM and 12:30 AM; Sat. 10:30 AM
Young Adult Event 10 PM – 12 PM

March 5
Mass with Bishop Vann @ 8 AM                                                                                                                                                                     Children’s Reconciliation Service @ 9:30 AM
Followed by Family Hour – Children’s story time and Year of Mercy craft
Reconciliation Service @ 12 PM
Guided Pilgrim Walk (Meet at information booth) @ 1 PM
Closing Benediction @2PM

Throughout the event, groups from across the diocese will be gathered in the Christ Cathedral Chapel of Reconciliation (Cultural Center) to pray the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet.  Click here to register.

All are welcome to join in prayer in the Chapel.

Click here to learn more about “24 Hours for the Lord.”

Divine Mercy Sunday
April 3, 2016

Jubilee for Deacons
Feast of Corpus Christi, May 29, 2016

Jubilee for Priests
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, June 3, 2016

World Youth Day
July 25-31, 2016

Jubilee for Workers and Volunteers of Mercy
September 5, 2016

Solemnity of All Saints, “to pray for the living and the dead”
November 1, 2016

Jubilee for Prisoners
November 6, 2016

Closing of the Doors of Mercy
Solemnity of Christ the King, November 20, 2016

Click here to read the Year of Mercy monthly themes and events