Be Merciful, Just as Your Father is Merciful

A Pastoral Letter by Bishop Donald J. Kettler On December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the fiftieth anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Francis inaugurated the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. His goal for the year is that Catholics across the world would “gaze even more attentively on mercy…

Festival of Forgiveness – Sample bulletin and/or pulpit announcement

In his proclamation of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis described mercy as “the very foundation of the Church’s life.” During Lent 2016, the Church in the Diocese of Saint Cloud wants every person to experience the life-changing power of God’s mercy and love. On March 4 — the fourth Friday of Lent…

Festival of Forgiveness – Parishes hosting sacrament of reconciliation

DEANERY PARISH TIME Alexandria/Morris St. Mary, Alexandria 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Cold Spring St. Louis, Paynesville 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Fergus Falls/ Wadena Our Lady of Victory, Fergus Falls St. Ann, Wadena 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Foley/Princeton Christ Our Light, Princeton 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Little Falls St. Mary, Little Falls…

Festival of Forgiveness – Bulletin Insert #1

In his proclamation of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis described mercy as “the very foundation of the Church’s life.” We are all sinners in need of the balm of God’s mercy, which brings healing, forgiveness and peace. During Lent 2016, the Church in the Diocese of Saint Cloud wants every person to…

Festival of Forgiveness – Bulletin Insert #2 (Year A Scrutinies)

March 4, 2016 In his proclamation of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis described mercy as “the very foundation of the Church’s life.” We are all sinners in need of the balm of God’s mercy, which brings healing, forgiveness and peace. During Lent 2016, the Church in the Diocese of Saint Cloud wants…

Indulgences: God’s love overflowing

By Timothy Johnston For The Visitor Pope Francis has called the church to celebrate an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy and to reflect on God’s abundant mercy and love for us. For centuries, when a jubilee year is proclaimed, popes have announced special ways that Catholics can ask for and receive God’s forgiveness and mercy for…

Prayer books for Advent, Christmas, Year of Mercy

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Here is a list of new books suitable for reading during Advent, the Christmas season and the Year of Mercy: “Advent and Christmas Wisdom from Pope Francis” by John Cleary. Liguori Publications (Liguori, Missouri, 2015). 136 pp., $11.99. “Goodness and Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas” edited by Michael Leach, James Keane…

Book Reviews

By Ann Jonas For The Visitor Several books have recently been published to help us observe the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Here are three notable titles that can help make our participation in this holy year more meaningful. • “The Holy Year of Mercy: A Faith-Sharing Guide, With Reflections by Pope Francis” by The Word…

The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy

Corporal Works of Mercy The Corporal Works of Mercy are found in the teachings of Jesus and give us a model for how we should treat all others, as if they were Christ in disguise. They “are charitable actions by which we help our neighbors in their bodily needs” (U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults). They…

Year of Mercy Logo

The logo and the motto together provide a fitting summary of what the Jubilee Year is all about. The motto Merciful Like the Father (taken from the Gospel of Luke, 6:36) serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of the Father who asks us not to judge or condemn but to forgive and…