Mercy From World Youth Day …When Pope Francis announced the theme for World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow—“blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy,” we knew he understood and experienced mercy in his own life. The best way to understand mercy is to experience it. When asked how to practice mercy Pope Francis says, “...if you want to know what practical things you must do, read Matthew 25, which is the protocol by which we will be judged. With these two things, the Beatitudes and Matthew 25, you have a plan of action.”
Helping youth, children, and their families experience mercy is achieved by sharing our own examples and granting mercy to others. The pilgrims at World Youth Day experienced mercy in the sacrifices their chaperones and leaders made to accompany them. They, in turn, needed to be merciful with each other as they sacrificed comfort, sleep, and the familiarity of their lives at home. They heard about mercy at the catechetical sessions during the week from Bishops from various countries. God’s mercy abounded as we celebrated the sacraments with the global young Church. But such a mountaintop experience that can only be fulfilled upon returning home to witness God’s mercy in our everyday lives.
The Respect Life Program, sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, started in 1972 and begins anew each October—the month set aside by the U.S. bishops as “Respect Life Month.” The program promotes respect for human life in light of our intrinsic dignity as having been created in God’s image and likeness and called to an eternal destiny with him. Below you will find six brochures on vital life topics which can be downloaded for your benefit. There is also a reflection brochure to foster greater understanding regarding life and the dignity and respect we are called to have for each other.
Post Abortion Mercy & Healing Considerations While Navigating Infertility
Attentiveness To God's Creation Caring For Loved Ones At Life's End
Every Suicide Is Tragic Accompanying Expectant Mothers/Adoption
The U.S. bishops invite the faithful to join a movement of prayer and sacrifice for the protection of life, marriage, and religious liberty in our country. Serious threats to each of these have raised unprecedented challenges to the Church and the nation. When confronted with challenges, our Lord calls us to sacrifice and pray. Click here to learn more about how you can answer the Call.
We're getting ready for the 3rd Annual Oktoberfest! Please consider lending your time and talents on the Oktoberfest Committee! Volunteers are needed in the many areas including Decorations, Volunteer Sign-up Coordinator, Security and Set-up/Cleanup. Call Carol for more information at 313-278-5555. Sponsorship Opportunities are also available and essential in order to ensure a successful event. Consider being a sponsor or asking local businesses, friends, or family to be a sponsor! Download the Sponsorship Page here with information about Tin Can Raffle prizes that are also needed and the current Oktoberfest flyer here.