Holy Year of Mercy

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Pope Fran­cis announ­ced an extra­or­di­na­ry Jubi­lee to start at the end of the year, the
Holy Year of Mer­cy that will open this year on Dec. 8 — the Sol­em­ni­ty of the Imma­cu­la­te Con­cep­tion – and will clo­se Nov. 20, 2016 with the Sol­em­ni­ty of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Uni­ver­se.RV6157_LancioGrande

The year‘s the­me invi­tes mank­ind to be kind-hear­ted with the mot­to “Be mer­ci­ful
as your Fat­her is mer­ci­ful” (Luke 6:36). One of the the­mes focus is the wider access to the
Sacra­ment of Con­fes­sion:
“The Sacra­ment of Recon­ci­lia­tion will be one of the main pil­lars of the Jubi­lee Year of
Mer­cy. In April 23, 2016, St Peter‘s Squa­re will be trans­for­med into an open air con­fes­sio­nal. This event will coin­ci­de with the Year of Mer­cy events for the youth.
The Pope encoura­ges all the Bis­hops in the enti­re glo­bal Roman Cat­h­o­lic Church to open a “ Door of Mer­cy” in cat­h­ed­rals or churches around the world as a sign of God‘s ope­ning a new pat­hway to sal­va­tion. (St. Paul‘s Church in Ber­gen set to open a Door of Mer­cy in line of the event”). The­re will be mil­lions of pil­grims in Rome wai­ting and expec­ted to walk through the Holy Door of St. Peter‘s Basi­li­ca and par­ti­ci­pa­tes in various events.
–It‘s a pil­grima­ge to show one‘s com­mit­ment to renew the fai­th and to become a wit­ness of mer­cy, said Mgr. Rino Fisichel­la, pre­si­dent of the Pon­ti­fi­cal Coun­cil for the New Evan­ge­liza­tion and orga­nizer of the Jubi­lee Year of Mer­cy.”

(source: http://www.katolsk.no/nyheter/2015/09/petersplassen-blir-gigantisk-utendors-skriftestol-for-en-dag)

Here in St. Johan­nes church — Gro­rud­da­len, wis­hes to take an acti­ve part in the coming year.
As the parish priest wri­tes:
“Dear con­gre­ga­tion, brot­hers and sis­ters in Christ. The Holy Year of Mer­cy invi­tes us
to demon­st­rate our mer­cy and com­pas­sion through actions and words.
God show­ed His mer­cy by sen­ding His only Son, Jesus Christ, to the world to free us
from the slave­ry of sin and to become the Child­ren of Light. Do we dare to show com­pas­sion
to each other and reach out a hand for others in situa­tions when they need our help?
The love that God shows us is more than enough that we can share it with each other, inste­ad
of kee­ping it for ours­el­ves. To not share charity with others, is to limit the love and
com­pas­sion that God the Fat­her wants to share with eve­ryone.

If we actual­ly think this way, we are indi­rect­ly sup­por­ting the inju­s­tices unfol­ding in socie­ty, com­mu­ni­ty and church. How sel­fish can we be if we do not let Jesus Christ works in us, so that God’s Spi­rit can moti­va­te us to bring glad tidings to others? In the spi­rit of mer­cy, Pope Fran­cis wis­hes to do somet­hing about this, through works of mer­cy by focu­sing on: sha­ring, hel­ping, having com­pas­sion and fai­th.

This year, it is my wish that we, in the church, should focus more on the sacra­ments, the Sacra­ments Eucha­rist and Recon­ci­lia­tion. The cateche­sis for child­ren and young peop­le is impor­tant, also for adults, through together­ness in fami­ly life and in the Church’s great com­mu­ni­ty. The parish has star­ted ear­ly with the cele­bra­tion of Holy Year of Mer­cy by arran­ging Helse­tor­get in late Octo­ber. The­re were volunte­er health wor­kers in the church pre­mi­ses giving free health check to anyone who wan­ted to avail this offer. We will con­ti­nue this cha­ri­tab­le work also in the futu­re.

In line with Holy Year of Mer­cy cele­bra­tion, bel­ow is the out­line of acti­vities from 8th of Decem­ber 2015 to 20th of Novem­ber 2016:

~ We pray the Ange­lus eve­ry Fri­day at 12:00, with the expo­sition of the Blessed Sacra­ment all mor­ning until the sol­emn bles­sing at 17:30, follow­ed after by evening Mass.

~ Cand­le­light Mass /Rorate Mass will be cele­brated eve­ry 7:00 in the mor­nings of Decem­ber 17–23.

~ The the­mes for demon­stra­tion of mer­cy and com­pas­sion will be pre­sented eve­ry mon­th at St. Luke‘s church parish pre­mi­ses. The­mes will be pre­sented visu­al­ly and with chal­len­ges and call to eve­ryone for action.

~ Pater pra­ter (Pater tal­ks) is arran­ge after the High Mass eve­ry 1st and 3rd Sun­day of the mon­th. The con­cept comes from the NUK camps and we will do somet­hing simi­lar how­e­ver, with a twist con­si­de­ring this is a cateche­sis for adults. Pater tal­ks begin imme­dia­te­ly after High mass and lasts for 30 min. Cateche­sis is open to eve­ryone who wants to take the chan­ce of lear­ning more about the Cat­h­o­lic fai­th. More infor­ma­tion will come in Sunday‘s magazi­ne.

~ Sacra­ments of Recon­ci­lia­tion can be rece­i­ved an hour before the evening Mass on week­days, with Fri­days from 12:00 to 17:00. Other times can be agre­ed and sche­du­led with a priest.

~ A 24- Hour ado­ra­tion of the Blessed Sacra­ment will start on the 15th April Fri­day at 9:00 to 16th of April at 9:00. We will con­clu­de the ado­ra­tion with a Mass. The­re will be lunch served after­wards. May the Holy Spi­rit guides us as we exer­ci­se our com­pas­sion in spre­ad­ing the Gos­pel through recon­ci­lia­tion and for­gi­ve­ness, mer­cy and com­pas­sion. I wish you all a blessed year. ”

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