In just a few weeks our Church will celebrate Feast of Christ the King, November 20th which will bring this Liturgical Year to an end and with that will come the close of the “Extraordinary Year of Mercy” as proclaimed by Pope Francis. For the past year Pope Francis has led us in coming to a renewed understanding of God’s mercy and compassion calling all Catholics to make every effort to grow in love and compassion and to show mercy toward all of God’s people. If you remember as we began last December, we marked the beginning of the Year of Mercy with the opening of the doors of our church, just as the Pope was opening “The Door” at the Vatican. This was to be a symbol of all being invited to enter into and receive God’s love and mercy. Perhaps we have made good progress, perhaps we were challenged beyond our comfort zone, perhaps we still have a long way to go in being a people of mercy. To complete this Year of Mercy here in our parish we are offering an opportunity for adults to gather to examine what we have learned and what we have yet to learn about:
Mercy as Compassion for Ourselves
Mercy as Compassion for Others
Mercy as Compassion for the World
Mercy as Compassion for Creation
Pope Francis was wise in his calling us to an entire year of mercy for it gave us time and opportunity to renew our understanding of God’s mercy in our lives and challenged us to examine our lives, our actions or lack thereof in showing mercy to others. Let us gather, taking time to discuss mercy, what we have learned and how and where we might be spurred to on-going mercy in our lives.
Please see the bulletin insert this week and consider joining in the conversation. There are two different schedules of meetings, hopefully one will work for you. Let us all pray in thanksgiving for the gift of God’s mercy toward us while we implore God’s assistance to live in love, showing mercy to all His people.
Have a blessed week!
October 17, 2020
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