12:45 PM (Spanish)
Throughout the Jubilee Year of Mercy, St. Thomas Aquinas will be a holy site where our Holy Door of Mercy will be opened to clergy, religious, and the faithful. All those who, on pilgrimage, enter a Door of Mercy with the proper intention and disposition, and fulfill the conditions ordinarily attached to a plenary indulgence, can obtain a Jubilee Indulgence once daily for themselves or for the souls of the faithful departed.
The Doors SHOULD BE open: Monday – Wednesday 9am to noon, 1:30pm to 3pm; Thursday 9am to noon, 1:30pm to 9pm; Friday 9am to noon; Saturday 4:30pm – 6pm; Sunday 7:30am to 2pm.
Please before traveling to Pilot Point please call the office at 940-686-2088 and confirm the church will be open. If you want to bring a pilgrimage outside of these hours, again call and we will try to make special arrangements.
WYD – General Questions about Our Pilgrimage
What is World Youth Day?
World Youth Day was begun by Pope John Paul II as a way to capture the spirit of the youth and inspire them to live the teachings of Christ. The first official WYD was held in 1986. WYD is celebrated every year in Rome. Every 2-3 years an international city is the WYD host.
Kraków is the city of Karol Wojytla, where he was a student, priest, teacher, and bishop before he was appointed to the Holy See as Pope John Paul II! It is a fitting city to host the return of World Youth Day to Poland, where the Church is joyful to receive the youth of the world! Kraków is the capital of Poland. The main WYD events will be held in Błonia Park, a vast meadow with an area of 119 acres directly adjacent to the historic center of Kraków.
What is a Pilgrimage?
A pilgrimage is a journey a pilgrim makes to a sacred place for the purpose of venerating it or to ask for heavenly aid, and ultimately to come to know God better. Along the journey, there are many sacrifices involved. There is suffering, hunger, pain, exhaustion, extreme weather conditions, crowds, etc… All of these involve self-denial in order to obtain the ultimate goal and reach the final destination. Extra graces are given to pilgrims who open their hearts to God. Pilgrims are also called to be witnesses for Christ on their journey. As a Christian and a foreign visitor, pilgrims are ambassadors for Christ and the nation of their citizenship.