From the Vatican
The official website for the Jubilee Year of Mercy can be Found here.
From the USCCB:
- Living Mercy in the Jubilee Year bulletin insert can be found here.
- Year of Mercy Reflection Booklet ($25 for 50) can be found here.
From the Center for Ministry Development
Check out their list of the top 25 films on mercy, and hold a movie night at your parish!
From RENEW International
A webinar by
Sr. Terry Rickard
, Executive Director of RENEW International, reflected on the Year of Mercy and offered practical ways our parishes can bring mercy into people’s hearts and homes. During the webinar, Sr. Terry asked the participants to share what their parish is doing to celebrate the Year of Mercy. Here are some of their ideas:
A Wall of Mercy
To start, we are creating a "Wall of Mercy" on which we are hanging up images, stories, poems, etc. that parishioners offer that illustrate mercy - it's a way to help people understand how big a concept mercy is. We have asked people to bring in some image or write down a narrative. We are also providing outlines of crosses that they can write something simple. As examples, someone wrote down how Pope JPII forgave the person who shot him. Another person submitted a picture of the Amish women in Pennsylvania after they forgave the person who shot their children. We are hanging them up on the wall in our Social Hall. We're decorating it with paper/fabric, and will simply hang things up as we get them so everyone can come down and see them.
Food and Clothing Drives
- Make "Blessings bags" for the homeless: Ziploc bags with socks, hand warmers, granola bars, etc...delivered to outreach depot
- Make fleece blankets for needy families
- Collect warm clothes especially socks and blankets for the homeless.
Catechesis and Carrying Out the Works of Mercy
- Focus on one work of mercy each month throughout the year of mercy
- Invite parishioners to do 1 act of Mercy per week
- Visit a retirement or nursing home
- Focus on teaching the works of mercy
Adult Faith Formation
- Study Laudate Si
- Lead an educational series on Salvation History, our story of salvation, and how prayer, fasting, and almsgiving relate to our receiving and offering mercy
- Create a prayer space with images of mercy and a Prayer Book of Mercy for people to put intentions, petitions and expressions of gratitude for mercy
Promoting Personal Prayer
- Reinforce the importance of prayer and spiritual reading and the role they play in doing deeds of mercy
- Complete to personal retreat 33 Days to Morning Glory
- Pray the Divine Mercy chaplet
More Ideas from other dioceses
- Our diocese has a "Year of Mercy calendar” we have created around the Bull, and are including various resources for local parishes
- Our parish Mental Health & Wellness Ministry is planning is planning to offer a wide variety of educational and support programs, in an attempt to break down the stigma of mental illness.
- Spiritual Directors can offer presence to those who are in need of a listening ear, our time is a tremendous gifts. Asking others to share their thoughts, fears and hopes in the present moment. We need to get beyond fate and fight and find joy hope and love in the other.
- We are having a youth event focused on Mercy!
- Buy one/give one – buy an extra of the non-perishable food you are buying for yourself and donate to a food pantry.
- 52 Weeks of Mercy – each week there is a new thing to do/pray about/reflect on
- Prodigal Son story – on God tube
- Freedom and Forgiveness (book)
- The Light of Forgiveness (book for teens)