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                        The Power of Mercy

     This is a Jubilee Year of Mercy that Pope Francis has so generously lavished upon us!   Now that we are approaching Lent this is the perfect time to reflect, learn and practice the message of  God's Divine Mercy. 

     The Holy Father is only imitating what God, Our Father is so eagerly wanting to give us. This Year of Mercy obtains a plenary indulgence- the complete remission of all temporal punishment due to sin.  To obtain this indulgence, the faithful must go through a Holy Door usually found in all cathedrals and other churches in each diocese across the globe designated by the local bishop. This action reflects a deeper desire for conversion.

    One of the most important and powerful ways to learn  about God's Divine Mercy is through the message of Divine Mercy in St. Faustina's Diary.  St. Faustina was the first saint to be canonized by Pope Saint John Paul II in the year 2000 which was also a Jubilee Year! In the Diary, Our Lord told St. Faustina, "The greatest sinner has the greatest right to His Mercy!" (Entry 146) There are so many great promises in the Divine Mercy Message: Divine Mercy Sunday, The Divine Mercy Hour, Divine Mercy Novena, and Praying the  Chaplet by the bedside of the sick and dying.

   In turn, we must imitate that Mercy to others so we can all benefit from His gracious gift, a kind of a "Pay it Forward!"

    Now that we are entering the holy season of Lent, we should take advantage of the Lenten retreats and reflections, especially on this wonderful message of God's Mercy! by Tricia Parsons, Editor and webmaster


Hour of Mercy Lenten Reflections

St Agnes Catholic Church in Baton Rouge

Wednesdays during Lent

      Confession will be heard at St. Agnes from 4 pm to 5 pm.                5:00 p.m.- 5:30 pm Chaplet of Divine Mercy sung by Mary Rosenbloom and Fr. Charbel followed by Holy Mass at 5:30 p.m.

Reflections begin at 6:15 p.m.

Feb. 17: Introduction to Mercy and the Hour of Mercy series
What is mercy? Why the misery and lack of peace in our lives? Trust, our response to God’s mercy. The Our Father and steps to forgiveness. Presented by Monsignor Robert H. Berggreen, pastor of St. Mary of False River Church, New Roads.

Feb. 24: God’s Mercy Revealed in the Bible
Mercy in the Old Testament and Psalms, the Great Hallel. The Mercy parables and St. Luke. How lectio divina leads us to experience God’s divine mercy and helps us show mercy to others. Presented by Stephen J. Binz, Catholic biblical scholar, licensed clinical social worker and award-winning author.

March 2: Jesus, Gift of Divine Mercy in the Liturgy and in the Sacraments. Liturgy, Holy Eucharist, Communion, Sacrament of Reconciliation. Presented by the Rev. Michael H. Champagne, of Community of Jesus Crucified, a Catholic private association of the Christian faithful, canonically erected in the Diocese of Lafayette.

March 9: Forgiveness in the Family and Becoming a Witness to Mercy
“Be merciful just as your Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:36). Presented by James and Karen Broussard, married couples retreat rectors for Our Lady of Sorrows Retreat Center, St. Martinville; past presenters/coordinators for Retrouvaille of Acadiana.

March 16: Identifying and Addressing the Psychological Barriers to Trust. Steps to self-awareness. Seeking the right help. Presented by Sister Dulce Maria Flores, regional superior, Mercedarian Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament.

Holy Week, March 23: The Sacred Heart and Divine Mercy.
Experiencing God’s unconditional love. Presented by the Rev. Miles D. Walsh, pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Baton Rouge.

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Mobile Confession for the Year of Mercy

in Acadiana, Louiaiana

For the Year of Mercy, the diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana is introducing a new mobile confessional to help bring people back to the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Made from a donated and converted ambulance, the confessional on wheels will officially begin service Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception and the beginning of the year Pope Francis has declared a “Jubilee of Mercy.”
“During the Year of Mercy we want to bring the sacrament to areas where people otherwise might not be able to get to confession,” said Father Michael Champagne, the priest behind the project.
“As the pope was saying, we have to smell like sheep. These days it’s more like leaving the one to go after the 99,” he said.

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