Year of Mercy!
Join Archbishop Listecki’s Mercy Pilgrimage on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 1:00 pm. We will begin in the Church with a prayer service and highlight The Food Pantry. Ministry. Come pray with us, celebrate the work of the parishioner and community volunteers, and learn more about this amazing ministry. Check out www.archmil.org for more info.
Year of Mercy - December 8, 2015 – November 20, 2016
These past few months we’ve been hearing a lot about mercy. In his recent newsletter, Archbishop Listecki tells us the mercy of God is actually a two-step process: First we are “steeped in” the unearned mercy of God through the sacramental life of the Church and then, having received mercy, we are called to give mercy away by proclaiming Christ and making disciples. But what exactly is mercy? What is it that we have received so that we can pass it on? Pope Francis, in his Year of Mercy Declaration, teaches that the mercy of God is “a concrete reality through which [God] reveals his love as that of a father or mother…it gushes forth from the depths naturally, full of tenderness and compassion, indulgence and mercy.” Mercy forgives, heals, redeems, loves, secures justice for the oppressed, sets the prisoner free and opens the eyes of the blind. Today, mercy becomes a reality through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. Over the next year, we will focus on these corporal and spiritual works of mercy and explore how you and your family can integrate them into your daily lives. Be sure to watch the bulletin for articles and opportunities or contact Kelly Lemens, 284-4266, for more information
Year of Mercy
Corporal Work of Mercy
Feed the Hungry
What does to mean to “feed” someone – and what does it mean to be hungry? Sometimes it might be direct support of donations to our food pantry. Or if the local grocery store has a “food bank” cart, drop off a few cans of soup each time you shop. Try to pay special attention to and support food-raising events at the parishes, on school campuses and other community places. More face-to-face, we can volunteer at the food pantry to stock shelves or fill orders or offer to serve meals at a soup kitchen or our local shelter, Family Promise, and offer kindness and dignity to people who have come for food. Who else in our lives is “hungry”? We might offer hospitality to those who are lonely, or to newcomers in the neighborhood or at church.
The world produces enough food to feed everyone in the world, but hundreds of millions of people who are hungry each day do not have the land to grow the food or money to purchase it. What are the issues about global or even local hunger? Where can we learn more? How can we get involved? Check out the Catholic Relief Services website at www.crs.org for more information.