The Chaplet of Divine Mercy
In 1935, St. Faustina received a vision of an angel sent by God to chastise a certain city. She began to pray for mercy, but her prayers were powerless. Suddenly she saw the Holy Trinity and felt the power of Jesus' grace within her. She found herself pleading with God for mercy with words she heard interiorly:
"Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world; for the sake of His sorrowful Passion have mercy on us."
The next day, entering the chapel, she again heard this interior voice, instructing her how to recite the prayer that our Lord later called "The Chaplet". This time, after "have mercy on us" were added the words
"and on the whole world" (Diary, 476)
As for the sick and the elderly, the Holy Father says, "For them it will be of great help to live their sickness and suffering as an experience of closeness to the Lord who in the mystery of his Passion, Death and Resurrection indicates the royal road which gives meaning to pain and loneliness.
Living with faith and joyful hope this moment of trial, receiving communion or attending Holy Mass and community prayer, even through the various means of communication, will be for them the means of obtaining the Jubilee Indulgence."
For the imprisoned, the Holy Father says, "They may obtain the Indulgence in the chapels of the prisons. May the gesture of directing their thought and prayer to the Father each time they cross the thresh-old of their cell signify for them their passage through the Holy Door, because the mercy of God is able to transform hearts, and is also able to trans-form bars into an experience of freedom."
Young people were united in mercy and love during
Jubilee pilgrimage to shrine in Laurie
By Jay Nies (The Catholic Missourian)
Whenever someone gives food to the hungry, instructs the ignorant, visits the sick, comforts the afflicted, bears wrongs patiently or carries out any of the other Corporal or Spiritual Works of Mercy, “they are truly loving their brothers and sisters just as they are loved by God.”
Making God’s presence known by sharing His love is how Bishop John R. Gaydos summed up the theme for the Jubilee for Young People, observed in this diocese with an April 23 pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Mary, Mother of the Church, in Laurie.
About 35 sixth- through eighth-graders, along with parents and chaperones, attended.
was part of a worldwide Jubilee for Young People called for by Pope
Francis as part of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.
The focus was on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.
Perfect weather greeted the young people as they were invited to process through the Holy Door into St. Patrick Church as part of the jubilee observance.
Holy Door is meant to mark the end of a journey of thought and prayer
about life and God’s mercy,” Father Patrick Dolan, pastor of St. Patrick
parish in Laurie and St. Philip Benizi parish in Versailles stated.
likened a pilgrimage to a coach watching video footage of a game and
telling the team, “These are the things we’re going to work on.”
“When you come to an event like this, you are thinking of things they need to work on,” he said.
penance is not a punishment, he noted, but is instead a sacrificial act
that is also an opportunity for spiritual growth, he said.
At Mass, Bishop Gaydos preached his homily about Jesus’ command to “love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:31-33A, 34-35), as well as the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.
“I give you a new commandment”
commandment, ‘Love one another just as I have loved you,” is the
essence of all that Jesus did and taught,” said Bishop Gaydos. “As such,
it is a way of prolonging the presence of Christ among them.”
It also gives them a purpose.
their Christ-like love, they will be bearing witness to Christ to the
world,” the bishop said. “The commandment of love thus provides the
disciples with their identity, with their mission, and with a continuing
sense of the presence of God among them.
“By their love, Christ continues to live among them,” he said.
And by imitating their following of His command — specifically by carrying out Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy in His name — people can continue to reveal His loving presence to the world.
Corporal Works of Mercy include: feeding the hungry; giving drink to
the thirsty; clothing the naked; giving shelter to the homeless;
visiting the sick; ransoming the captive; and burying the dead.
The Spiritual Works of Mercy include: instructing the ignorant; counseling the doubtful; admonishing sinners; bearing wrongs patiently; forgiving offenses willingly; comforting the afflicted; and praying for the living and the dead.
The young pilgrims got to learn about and take part in many of those works through interactive exhibits during the Jubilee celebration.
Being an answer to prayers
Cundiff, a seventh-grader at North Callaway R-1 School, got to put
essentials into a package to be given to homeless people, helping her
understand how basic their needs were.
Realizing that prisoners are often lonely and in need of some prayers, she got to write a note of encouragement to a person in prison.
displays were informative about many world problems including the lack
of clean water,” Hannah’s mother, Kathy Cundiff, stated. “She is more
conscious of not wasting water for showers.
“The kids seemed to make new friends easily and they were a really great group of teen-agers!” she said. “Overall, it was a wonderful, educational day.”
Cerneka and Orin Johnson of Oddwalk Ministries led the singing at Mass
and gave a soulful concert in the sun-filled National Shrine of Mary,
Mother of the Church.
Much of the music came from their new CD, titled “Mercy At Work,” which they released in time for the Year of Mercy.
story and song, they talked about the importance not only of turning
frequently to the sacraments for healing and forgiveness but also
actively promoting mercy and justice.
“Our role as Christians is to go out and be agents of mercy to those in need and to know that we really are Christ’s hands and feet,” said Mr. Cerneka.
“In the world, when people are crying out and asking for God’s help — and even when they don’t realize how much they need God’s help and mercy — we need to be out there helping them in God’s name,” he said.
Mike Berendzen and Marybeth Hunton from the diocese, St. Patrick parishioner Michelle Haggerty and several younger parishioners created the interactive displays.
Later on, members of the St. Patrick parish youth group turned cardboard boxes into makeshift housing and spent the night outdoors in order to get an idea of what life is like for people who don’t have a roof over their head.
Chris Libbert of St. Peter parish in Fulton attended with his son Matthew, a sixth-grader at Fulton Middle School.
Mr. Libbert said Oddwalk’s music helped the young people interact well and take some important lessons home with them.
He said he hopes to see more events like this in the future.
“I really think we need to keep doing these kinds of things to get our youth involved in our Church,” he said. “They’re our future! We need to keep doing things like this to stimulate their minds about what we need to know and what we’re called to be doing.”
Praying for the living and the dead
a spiritual work of mercy
(The Catholic Missourian)
Father Patrick Dolan, pastor of St. Patrick parish in Laurie, joins parishioners Rosemary Stoltz and her son Jim outside old St. Patrick Church during a blessing of graves on April 20. Mrs. Stoltz and her husband were long-time members at St. Patrick parish and were in charge of the Octoberfest since it started along with the same group of people for years. Father Henry Ussher, associate pastor, and parishioner Jim Nevins bless the burial place of Mr. Nevins’ daughter, wife and son. Mr. Nevins’ son was the parish’s maintenance manager and was well known for decorating the property at Christmastime. The blessing of the graves took place after Mass in historical St. Patrick Church, which was built in the 1860s and restored most recently in 1999. It is open on Sunday afternoons throughout the summer. — Photos by Diana Baracz
Sunday, December 13th
Pope Francis officially opened The Holy Door, beginning The Year of Mercy, Dec. 8th.
Monthly Retreats are planned at the Shrine starting Saturday, January 23rd. There will be a Retreat on the 4th Saturday of each month except March will be March 13th because of Holy Saturday on the 4th Saturday. Weekly Retreats will start after Feb. 17th, after Ash Wednesday.
"Pray with great confidence, with confidence based on the goodness and infinite generosity of God and upon the promises of Jesus Christ. God is a spring of living water which flows unceasingly into the hearts of those who pray." -- St. Louis De Montfort"
Help me be a concrete example of your love to restore hope in one person’s heart today. Matthew 9:21 She said to herself, “If only I can touch His cloak, I shall be cured.”
According to Leviticus 25:8-13 a Jubilee Year is to be celebrated every 50th year. Slaves and prisoners are to
be freed, debts forgiven and the mercies of God will be manifest. For us today, this means a freeing of self to
be loyal to God.
St. Patrick’s and The Mother’s Shrine has been designated by Bishop Gaydos as a special place of prayer for pilgrims during the Holy Year of Mercy. On Sun. Dec. 13th before 9:00 Mass, a special prayer service will be conducted to open the Holy Door which we have designated as the door in the entryway that leads to St. Leo's.
Counting on God's Mercy in the Holy Year of Mercy " Be merciful as your Heavenly Father is merciful" echoes every corner of the globe in anticipation of the proclamation of the Jubilee Year of Mercy on Dec. 8, 2015. Mercy is what we all desire as weak and sinful human beings. God freely bestows his mercy on us being a merciful father and
requires us to do same to those who wrong us or to those who need our care/comforting. Mercy is a loving act of kindness with many faces - forgiveness, concern for others, tolerance and acceptance. Mercy strives on the wheel of Love, the very nature of God.
To help us participate in the activities of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, our diocese has put together pieces of information in the Catholic Missourian of November 27, 2015. The spirit of God invites us to take and read as he
did to St. Augustine in his days. Here in our parish there will be monthly pilgrimage that will follow after the opening of "Holy Door" on 12/13/15 before 9.00 am Mass. As we desire God's mercy in many, many ways, let us extend a hand of mercy to all we meet during the Year of Mercy and thereafter: the hand of mercy in form of forgiving one another, helping the vulnerable, caring for the sick, welcoming sinners, helping the ignorant with the light of our faith and making
God known to the faithless.
Pope Francis will begin the ceremonies for the Holy Year of Mercy by opening the door of St. Peters on the 8th of December, 2015 the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. This door will mark the final step of those who go on pilgrimage to Rome to pray in a special way for the gift of God’s mercy. Entering this door marks the final prayers of the pilgrims.
Bishop Gaydos has designated The National Shrine of Mary Mother of the Church as a special place for pilgrims to come and celebrate their trust and their faith in the God of Mercy. We too will open a special door of mercy later in the month of December. More information will be forthcoming on this.
Please pray that the year of mercy will be a time of renewal. When Pope Francis opens the Holy Door of St. Peter’s may be it be a call for all of us to open the doors of our minds and hearts to welcome the gift of mercy and love of our God.
"Merciful like the Father"
God Bless, Father Pat
Our Ritual of Opening the Door will be before the 9:00 Mass, Dec. 13th, which is the 3rd Sunday of Advent.
Saturday Retreats, fourth Saturday of the month, except March will be March 19th because of Holy Saturday on the 4th Saturday .
Each Wednesday starting Feb.17th, (the week after Ash Wednesday) will be a mini retreat 1pm till 3 pm. People enter retreats through the Holy Door.
10:30 Welcome – short prayer outside before entering (explain the logo).
Prayers, Music, Talk
11:15 Private Meditation
12:30 Gather for Lunch (sack lunch, spaghetti, something we can add to as crowd grows)
1:00 Workshop –Mercy In Action - include corporal and spiritual works of mercy (make soup packets)
1:45 Private Reflections
2:15 Communal Prayer – Rosary, Way of Cross
3:00 Chaplet of Divine Mercy
3:20 Sacrament of Reconciliation, Adoration (Expose Blessed Sacrament) someone lead prayers for indulgences
4:00 Closing Mass (Mass will change to 5 pm on March 1st)
Wednesday Schedule (Weekly)
1:00 Welcome, Sacrament of Reconciliation
2:00 Communal Prayer Pope Francis Year of Mercy Prayer/ Private Mediation
2:15 Chaplet of Divine Mercy
3:00 Closing Mass