“Dear brothers and sisters, I have often thought about how the Church might make clear its mission of being a witness to mercy. It is journey that begins with a spiritual conversion. For this reason, I have decided to call an extraordinary Jubilee that is to have the mercy of God at its center. It shall be a Holy Year of Mercy. We want to live this Year in the light of the Lord’s words: “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (cf. Lk 6:36)”
This Holy Year will begin on this coming Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and will end on November 20, 2016, the Sunday dedicated to Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe – and living face of the Father’s mercy. I entrust the organization of this Jubilee to the Pontifical Council for Promotion of the New Evangelization, that [the dicastery] might animate it as a new stage in the journey of the Church on its mission to bring to every person the Gospel of mercy.
I am convinced that the whole Church will find in this Jubilee the joy needed to rediscover and make fruitful the mercy of God, with which all of us are called to give consolation to every man and woman of our time. From this moment, we entrust this Holy Year to the Mother of Mercy, that she might turn her gaze upon us and watch over our journey.”
In anticipation of this Holy Year I will be offering a specially designed Parish Mission, which I have titled “Rich in Mercy” (Eph. 2:4). This Parish Mission will seek to inspire and equip parishes to fulfill the Holy Father’s expressed wish, “that the whole Church will find in this Jubilee the joy needed to rediscover and make fruitful the mercy of God.”
Parish Missions have been a wonderful part of our Catholic tradition and heritage for centuries. Traditionally celebrated during the penitential seasons of Advent and Lent, the Parish Mission seeks to provide the faithful with an opportunity for spiritual renewal and rededication. During these Missions the Good News (kerygma) of Jesus Christ is proclaimed and the faithful are called to experience God’s mercy through repentance and reconciliation. They are invited to deepen their relationship with the Lord and to live out their baptismal vocation in the world with joy and holy boldness. I have had the great privilege of preaching many parish missions over my lengthy ministerial career and am thoroughly convinced of their great spiritual benefits.
If you are interested in inviting me to conduct this Year of Mercy Mission at your Parish and would like to check my availability as well as my speaking requirements, click on the button below.
Thank you for expressing interest in my work. If given the opportunity, I look forward to announcing the good news of God’s Divine mercy to your parishioners!