Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ
Our Holy Father, Pope Francis inaugurated the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy on December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, by opening the Holy Door at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome. in our own Archdiocese, accompanied by a great thong of the faithful from our parishes along with many priests and religious, Archbishop Leonard Blair opened a Holy Door at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph on December 13, Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday.
United with the Church throughout the world in this Jubilee Year, we celebrate our Father, who is “rich in mercy” (Eph.2:4). As the Book of Exodus tells us he is “a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast live and faithfulness.” (Ex 31:6) And as Pope Francis reminds us, “Jesus christ is the face of the Father’s mercy.”
As part of this celebration, I invite and encourage you to join with fellow parishioners in small Lenten Mercy Groups to reflect and pray together on the great mercy of our God. to support that effort, we have prepared a special four week resource booklet for use during the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th weeks of Lent. The Mercy Quest booklet will invite your engagement with Jesus’ parables of mercy. For more information please inquire with the parish office or Father Ivan.
As we enter into Lent this year, may we experience deeply the love of God so that we can truly become “merciful like the Father.”