“I have asked the Church to rediscover the richness encompassed by the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. The experience of mercy, indeed, becomes visible in the witness of concrete signs as Jesus himself taught us.”
– Pope Francis
This is a great opportunity to heed Pope Francis’ call for a “Year of Mercy,” and to help us in our own spiritual conversion, “a conversion that begins by receiving the loving gaze of the Lord’s compassion that is offered toward each one of us in prayer.”
St. Vincent de Paul Parish celebrates the Year of Mercy
At. St. Vincent’s we will offer various events throughout the year. Here are a couple of events to save the dates for. Of course, the Archdiocese of Denver has a full schedule on this jubilee. Please see below to access the archdiocesan, as well as the Vatican link.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 Confession: The Sacrament of Mercy
Paul VI: The Sacrament of Penance is not an automatic, generous gift of God’s Mercy since it requires human cooperation.” It requires from the penitent:
1) Contrition: We need to be truly sorry for our sins because, we “dread the loss of heaven and the pain of hell,” but most of all because sins offend God who is all good and deserving of our love.
2) Confession: to a “minister who is authorized to listen to the penitent and administer absolution to him.”
That’s why here at St. Vincent’s, we have daily confessions at 7:30 a.m. and a special one today to offer mercy to our parishioners. Fr. Reycraft, Fr. Christensen, Fr. Andrew, and Fr. Doug will be available from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
All sinners welcome to receive mercy!
Monday-Wednesday, Feb. 15-17, 2016: Parish Mission: Year of Mercy.
Title: Mercy Unlimited
Mission Director: Rev. Greg Cleveland, OVM
Monday: His Mercy Endures Forever: Eternal Life
Tuesday: My God Has Compassion: Mercy and Healing
Wednesday: Penance Service: The Sacrament of Mercy
Please stay tuned for other events!