On March 2nd during the day, the weather was very cold. We drove up to St. Francis Borgia Church where Fr. Joe Mulcrone resides. When we got there, we joined his group and took the school bus to Holy Name Cathedral.
Monsignor Dan Mayall was waiting to meet us. On the left side of the front doors, there is a big sign (symbol) of our Pope that was hung above the door. That door is a Holy Door. The Holy Door is the Door of Mercy. Anyone who enters through the Door experiences God’s love, a love that comforts, gives hope, and forgives us our sins.
Usually, The Holy Door has been open every 25 years since the year 1470. Since we are now in the Holy Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has ordered the Holy Door to be opened. The Holy Door is in every cathedral, but there are also special churches with a “Holy Door”. The Holy Door is available from December 8th to November 20th. You can check a listing in the Diocese of Joliet or whichever diocese you belong to.
Once, we were in the Cathedral, Monsignor Dan (He was a pastor for St. Francis Borgia) was telling history stories about the Cathedral. These stories were very interesting and there were beautiful sites. Fr. Joe and Monsignor Dan celebrated the mass.
After the tour, we were waiting for the bus, Fr. Joe showed us and told us about the time when Al Capone’s gang tried to kill two men in front of the Cathedral. There were several bullet holes in the wall. The bus came and took us back to St Francis Borgia. It was a pleasant experience for all of us that went to the Cathedral.