Festival of Forgiveness – Bulletin Insert #1

Categories: Year of Mercy Resources

Pope Francis arrives to lead general audience in St. Peter's Square

Pope Francis (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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 experience the life-changing power of God’s mercy and love.

Fourth Friday of Lent

On March 4, 2016 — the fourth Friday of Lent — the Diocese of Saint Cloud is holding a 12-hour “Festival of Forgiveness” during which the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available at designated churches throughout the diocese from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. The Catholic faithful, including those who have been away from the sacraments, are invited to participate in this special Year of Mercy celebration.

On the following Sunday of Lent, we hear the Gospel parable of the Prodigal Son. Like the father who welcomed back his son, our heavenly Father also welcomes us back, seeking to heal our wounds, our hurts and our brokenness. His mercy has no limits for those who seek his forgiveness. He loves us with the love that a parent has for a child — a love that is faithful and unconditional.

Everyone is invited

Inspired by Pope Francis, the “Festival of Forgiveness” is a time to encounter God’s mercy in our lives. All are invited to join in this celebration on March 4.