Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
December 8, 2015– November 20, 2016
Pope Francis speaks frequently of his desire for us to know the mercy of God and for us to show this mercy to others; he asks us to be beacons of mercy to those we know and to the stranger.
How might you define mercy?
At its essence, mercy is love in action. Pope Francis wrote, “Mercy [is]: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.’ The Holy Father goes on to say that our salvation depends on how we practice mercy in our daily lives.
How might we practice mercy?
There will be many events throughout the Jubilee of Mercy intended to make mercy visible, palpable and truly meaningful. Throughout the year, you will find information here in our bulletin each week highlighting events in Rome, the Diocese and our own parish. And, this will also be the place to find information on topics with which we may not be familiar…plenary indulgences, Holy Door openings, pilgrimages, etc.
In case you have a burning desire to learn more and simply cannot wait for your weekly ‘Mercy Corner’, here are some resources that will help you learn and prepare for this gift that is before us.
The Diocese of Camden website
Our Sunday Visitors’s 365 Days to Mercy Free App.
Letter from Pope Francis on the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
And, for this week, here are some things with which we will all become more familiar:
Corporal Works of Mercy Spiritual Works of Mercy
– Feed the Hungry – Counsel the Doubtful
– Give drink to the thirsty – Comfort the Sorrowful
– Clothe the Naked – Admonish the Sinner
– Shelter the Homeless – Instruct the Ignorant
– Visit the Sick – Bear Wrongs Patiently
– Visit the Imprisoned – Forgive All Injuries
– Bury the Dead – Pray for Living & Dead
Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
December 8, 2015– November 20, 2016
Soon you will discover, in our bulletin, a special Mercy Corner dedicated to a weekly column that will include updated information, links and calendar events for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, established by Pope Francis.
What is Mercy?
Father John Dominic Corbett, O.P., writing in the Magnificat Year of Mercy Companion, “Mercy is the form love takes when it meets misery.” What a beautiful description, and consider how Pope Francis is the absolute embodiment of this beautiful description.
Pope Francis gave us a great gift when he made his first visit to the United States in September. It was a gift, and for far too short a time. We were the sheep following our shepherd. We wanted to be close to him so he could guide us. He is now preparing to open a year filled with abundant graces.
What is a Jubilee Year?
The Magnificat Year of Mercy Companion defines it as follows:
In the Roman Catholic Tradition, a Holy Year, or Jubilee, is a great religious event. It is a year of forgiveness of sins, of reconciliation between adversaries of conversion and receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and consequently of solidarity, hope, justice, commitment to see God with joy, in peace with our brothers and sisters. A Jubilee year is above all a year of Christ, who brings life and grace to humanity.
The upcoming Jubilee is a chance to grow closer to Christ and open our hearts to His inexhaustible mercy. The Holy Father wants us to be beacons of hope and mercy for others. It’s going to be an awe-inspiring year. Don’t miss the opportunity to grow in holiness.
May Christ’s followers show forth their love for the poor and the oppressed; may they be one with those in need and abound in works of mercy; may they be compassionate towards all, that they themselves may obtain indulgence and forgiveness from you.
–Saint John Paul II
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Discover a beautiful faith in the Catholic Church.
G.K. Chesterton once wrote, “The difficulty in explaining ‘why I am a Catholic’ is that there are ten thousand reasons all amounting to one reason: that Catholicism is true.” Nearly 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ founded the Catholic Church to preserve the truth He gave us and hand it down through the centuries, helping people all around the world encounter the love of God in every age and in every corner of the earth.
Over the years, there have been an untold number of questions and objections raised about the Catholic Church’s teachings and practices. The answers are there, and it’s worth your time to find them. As the Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen once said, “There are not even 100 people in this country who hate the Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they think the Catholic Church to be.”
I invite all our parishioners to come to any or all of the following reflections, from 7pm to 8pm in the extension of the Church of the Resurrection to touch upon some of the beauty of our Catholic Faith:
September 30: The Creed, “I believe in God . . . Creator . . .” “I believe in one . . .”
October 7: “And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, Our Lord” “I believe in . . . holy . . . ”
October 14: “Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit” “I believe in . . . apostolic”
October 28: The Holy Catholic Church – The Hierarchy, Mary and the Communion of Saints
November 11: Divine Revelation: Scripture, Tradition, Magisterium, Liturgy
November 18: Salvation History, “The Resurrection of the body and Life Everlasting”
December 2: Sacrament of Initiations – Baptism and Confirmation
December 9: Sacrament of Initiation – Eucharist and Mass
January 6: Sacrament of Vocation – Holy Orders and Marriage
January 20: Sacrament of Healing – Anointing of the Sick and Reconciliation
February 3: Sin and Morality, Preparation for Lent
February 17: Prayer
February 24: Tour of the Church – Sacramentals
Church of the Resurrection
200 West Tuckahoe Road
Marmora, NJ 08223
Daily Mass 8:30am, Mon.-Fri.
Sunday 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:00 am, 5:00pm
Wednesday 5:30 pm to 6pm
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament First Friday of every month 9am to 4:30pm with Benediction
Saint Casimir Church
304 Clay Street Woodbine, NJ 08270
Daily Mass 7:30am, Mon.-Fri.
10:30am Communion Service (Hispanic)
Confession - Saturday 5:15pm
(Third weekend in May to Second weekend in September)
Bishop McHugh Regional School 2221 Route 9 South Ocean View (CMCH), NJ 08210
Saturday 4:00pm Sunday 10:00am
Confession - Saturday 3:30pm