Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Book Club discussion questions now ready for The Second Greatest Story Ever Told

Now is a great time to read Fr. Michael Gaitley's newest book The Second Greatest Story Ever Told, in preparation for the Year of Mercy.

Parish can offer a Catholic Book Club using these discussion questions: CLICK HERE
Thanks to Marsha Kearney at Christ the King parish in Tampa for creating these book club questions.
About the book: From the author of the bestselling book 33 Days to Morning Glory comes a gripping account of the prophetic witness of St. John Paul II, and the profound connection between Marian Consecration and Divine Mercy.

The Second Greatest Story Ever Told is more than a historical re-telling of the Great Mercy Pope. This book serves as an inspiration for all who desire to bear witness to the mercy of God, focused on Christ and formed by Mary. It calls us to respond to the urgent need for mercy in our time of unprecedented evil. Now is the time of mercy. Now is the time to make St. John Paul II's story your own.

 Parishes can get bulk prices by contacting Julie Musselman 727-709-8649

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Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Just in time for the Year of Mercy~

Soon to be released, will bring together resources from the top Catholic Apostolates in the US today including: Lighthouse Catholic Media,  Augustine Institute, Word on Fire, The Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, Ignatius Press, St Paul Center and more!

Symbolon, YDisciple, Beloved, Lectio, Catholicism, 33 Days to Morning Glory and MORE all in one place?? 
YES coming soon:

Check out this Video that shows just some of what will include:
CLICK HERE for short video
This is truly a grace from our Lord for the Year of Mercy!

If you'd like to bring all these resources to your parish for a low annual subscription fee, contact:
Julie Musselman

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Vatican unveils logo, prayer, details of Holy Year of Mercy

May 8, 2015

The Holy Year of Mercy will be an opportunity to encourage Christians to meet people’s “real needs” with concrete assistance, to experience a “true pilgrimage” on foot, and to send “missionaries of mercy” throughout the world to forgive even the most serious of sins, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella.

The year-long extraordinary jubilee will also include several individual jubilee days, such as for the Roman Curia, catechists, teenagers and prisoners, said Archbishop Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelisation, the office organising events for the Holy Year of Mercy.

During a news conference at the Vatican on 5 May, Archbishop Fisichella unveiled the official prayer, logo, calendar of events and other details of the special holy year, which will be celebrated from 8 December 2015 until 20 November 2016.

The motto, Merciful Like the Father, he said, “serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of the Father who asks us not to judge or condemn but to forgive and to give love and forgiveness without measure”.

Pope Francis announced in March his intention to proclaim a holy year as a way for the Church to “make more evident its mission to be a witness of mercy”.

One way the Pope wants to show “the Church’s maternal solicitude” is to send out “missionaries of mercy” – that is, specially selected priests who have been granted “the authority to pardon even those sins reserved to the Holy See”, the Pope wrote in Misericordiae Vultus, (“The Face of Mercy”), the document officially proclaiming the holy year.

Archbishop Fisichella said the priests will be chosen on the basis of their ability to preach well, especially on the theme of mercy, and be “good confessors”, meaning they are able to express God’s love and not make the confessional, as Pope Francis says, like “a torture chamber”.
The priests will also have to “be patient” and have “an understanding of human fragility”, the Archbishop said.

Bishops can recommend priests to the council from their own dioceses to serve as missionaries of mercy, and priests themselves can submit their request to serve, he said.
When a priest volunteers, however, the council will confer with his bishop to make sure he would be “suitable for this ministry” and has the bishop’s approval to serve temporarily as a missionary of mercy, he said.

The Archbishop emphasised the importance of living the holy year as “a true pilgrimage”, with the proper elements of prayer and sacrifice.

“We will ask pilgrims to make a journey on foot, preparing themselves to pass through the Holy Door in a spirit of faith and devotion,” he said.

More than a dozen individual jubilee celebrations will be scheduled in 2016, such as a jubilee for consecrated men and women on 2 February 2016 to close the Year of Consecrated Life; a jubilee for the Roman Curia on 22 February 2016; a jubilee for those devoted to the spirituality of Divine Mercy on Divine Mercy Sunday, 3 April 2016; and separate jubilees for teenagers; for deacons; priests; the sick and disabled; and catechists.

A jubilee for “workers and volunteers of mercy” will be celebrated on Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata’s feast day on 5 September 2016 and a jubilee for prisoners will be celebrated on 6 November 2016.

Archbishop Fisichella said the Pope wants the jubilee for inmates to be celebrated not only in prisons, but also with him in St Peter’s Basilica. He said the council is discussing the possibility with government authorities and is not yet sure if it can be done.

The Vatican is asking bishops and priests around the world to conduct “similar symbolic gestures of communion with Pope Francis” and his vision of reaching out to those on the margins.

“As a concrete sign of the Pope’s charitable love,” he said, “effective measures will be taken to meet real needs in the world that will express mercy through tangible assistance.”

At the news conference, the council distributed copies in several languages of the holy year prayer and logo, which features Jesus – the Good Shepherd – taking “upon his shoulders the lost soul, demonstrating that it is the love of Christ that brings to completion the mystery of his incarnation culminating in redemption”, the Archbishop said.

The image, created by Jesuit Fr Marko Rupnik, also shows one of Jesus’ eyes merged with the man’s to show how “Christ sees with the eyes of Adam, and Adam with the eyes of Christ”.

The council has joined with the United Bible Societies to distribute to pilgrims one million free copies of the Gospel of Mark; the texts will be available in seven languages.

The Jubilee of Mercy has an official website in seven languages at; a Twitter handle @Jubilee_va; a Facebook page; and accounts on Instagram, Flickr and Google+. – CNS