Year of Mercy
MONUMENTS OF MERCY
POPE Francis has asked Catholic dioceses around the world to set up a permanent memorial of the Year of Mercy.
It’s a new and sizeable challenge, but also offers a unique opportunity to meet the needs we see around us.
Pope Francis said the idea came to him during a meeting with a charitable organisation, and he decided to announce it during an evening prayer vigil celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday on April 2, and then he raised the idea again at morning Mass last Sunday.
“As a reminder, a ‘monument’ let’s say, to this Year of Mercy, how beautiful it would be if in every diocese there were a structural work of mercy: a hospital, a home for the aged or abandoned children, a school where there isn’t one, a home for recovering drug addicts – so many things could be done,” the Pope said.
“Let’s think about it and speak with the bishops,” the Pope told thousands of people gathered in St Peter’s Square for prayer.
The more one receives mercy, Pope Francis said at the vigil April 2, “the more we are called to share it with others; it cannot be kept hidden or kept only for ourselves”.
God’s mercy should drive people to love others, “recognising the face of Jesus Christ above all in those who are most distant, weak, alone, confused and marginalised”, he said.
Across the diocese, it’s evident the ideas are ripe, the good works are here in abundance, and in many cases already underway. …
How could the Diocese of Port Pirie best respond to the Holy Father’s request in ways that are simple, doable and cost next to nothing?
What collaborative action could we undertake to respond to a need in our diocese and meet Pope Francis’ vision?
Project Proposal from Diocesan Pastoral Council Meeting 30.4.16
'A merciful response to the cry of the earth'
Parishes, diocesan organisations, schools, communities … grow a tree that's indigenous to the area (and look after it), or an avenue of trees or a wood-lock. Trees to be planted as soon as possible. Recognition and ritual to mark the culmination of the project to be held on Mercy Day Saturday 24th September.
Pastoral Letter from Bishop Greg O'Kelly SJ
"Ambassadors of Mercy"
Pope Francis has declared a Jubilee Year of Mercy to commence on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception this year, 8th December 2015, concluding on the Feast of Christ the King on the 24th November 2016
Memorandum from Bishop Greg O'Kelly SJ to the Diocese
A Holy Door-What Does It Mean?
Year of Mercy Prayer Card
The Port Pirie Diocese has produced a Prayer Card. If you would like one please ask your Parish Priest or contact Bernadette at the Diocesan Office.
A Prayer of Mercy
God of Love and Compassion
Help us to open doors of Mercy in our
communities, in our families and in the world
Let mercy guide our loving and bring us
closer to the heart of the Gospel.
May we live as Jesus, with mercy that
welcomes, loves, forgives and calls us to
live the gospel joyfully
24 Hours with the Lord
St Mark's Cathedral-Pt Pirie
On Friday 4th March to Saturday 5th March, St Mark’s Cathedral, Port Pirie, will observe the Pope’s call to have “24 Hours with the Lord” during the Jubilee Year of Mercy. All the faithful, including the baptised who feel estranged from the institutional church, are invited to participate in the series of prayers and liturgies that will be held in the Cathedral for those twenty-four hours. Masses will be celebrated, there will be Adoration and Benediction, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available.