Year of Mercy

THE YEAR OF MERCY - December 8, 2015 - November 20, 2016

What is The Year of Mercy and how do we celebrate it at OLV-OLS? This double sided 1 page document gives you the breakdown!

Pope Francis has declared 2016 a Jubilee Year of Mercy for all of us. What does that mean? Fr. Mike Schmitz offers some insight on that, explaining the significance of a Jubilee Year and showing how we can be merciful toward others in our everyday lives through the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.  Ascension Presents is an authentically Catholic platform with entertaining, faith-filled, and dynamic presenters. Their videos reflect the good, the true, and the beautiful. They hope to bring hearts closer to Christ. Sign up if you want a truly Catholic voice in the midst of so much junk out there online.

 Learn more about the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy courtesy of divinemercy.org 

Jubilee of Mercy Vatican Website

 Click on the picture above for the Prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee Year!
 
What does The Year of Mercy Logo Symbolize?  To learn more click the LOGO below courtesy of Catholic Link

VATICAN CITY -- "This is the door of God... open the doors of justice."

With those words, Pope Francis pushed open the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica and officially inaugurated the "Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy," a special year called by the pope so Catholics everywhere can focus on forgiveness, compassion and mercy, and be forgiven of their sins.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE HOLY DOOR HERE!

 

Pope Francis: Homily for Inauguration of the Jubilee

ROME - ITALY PILGRIMAGE OPPORTUNITY November 2016!

Ascension Press Presents a video Series of Reflections - join Fr. Mike Schmitz, Fr. Josh Johnson, Fr. Matt Guckin, and Jeff Cavins through four insightful perspectives on When we think of indulgences, many of us think of an outdated and unfair Church practice that alienated many Catholics and sparked the Reformation centuries ago.
DID THE CHURCH EVER SELL INDULGENCES?  WHAT IS AN INDULGENCE?
In this video, Fr. Mike Schmitz sets things straight, explaining how indulgences are an offering of God’s grace—a way to remove the temporal consequences of sin. Even though Christ forgives our sins, we are still wounded by sin in this life. The Church offers indulgences as a sort of spiritual therapy as we recover from those wounds.the graces of the Year of Mercy!

INDULGENCES explained in Plain English courtesy of The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany! 

For a more detailed explanation, Courtesy of A Catholic Life:  What are Indulgences?

 

Meditations on Mercy - Reflect more deeply on God's call to mercy through these monthly scripture reflections. Do them on your own, with family, or with small groups.

DECEMBER'S MEDITATION ON MERCY

Corporal Works of Mercy - Learn more about the Corporal Works of Mercy and how you can live them in your daily life
Spiritual Works of Mercy - Learn more about the Spiritual Works of Mercy and how you can live them in your daily life.
The Rite of Opening the Door of Mercy in the Local Churches
 Moments in Mercy - Check out these short monthly suggestions for working mercy into your everyday life. 
BULL OF INDICTION OF THE EXTRAORDINARY JUBILEE OF MERCY FRANCIS BISHOP OF ROME SERVANT OF THE SERVANTS OF GOD
TO ALL WHO READ THIS LETTER GRACE, MERCY, AND PEACE
 Pope:  "Mercy is the Beating Heart of the Gospel"

 

OFFICIAL HYMN OF THE YEAR OF MERCY 

Inno ufficiale del Giubileo della Misericordia

MORE YEAR OF MERCY VIDEO REFLECTIONS courtesy of Catholic Relief Services!

 

RECOMMENDED READING AND FOOD FOR THOUGHT!

How can you observe this Year of Mercy?

Pope Francis recommends:

The Year of Mercy Recommended Reading

Rediscover Jesus will be distributed to our Parish Family to be used in small faith sharing groups, as a family, or individually.  If you would like to order an extra copy click on the image above! 

 

Beautiful Mercy Order Here- Matthew Kelly
The Name of God is Mercy Order Here - Pope Francis
(Book Review Here)