Divine Mercy Sunday
Going to confession is not the only way we should prepare ourselves for Divine Mercy Sunday. As Cardinal Francis Macharski, then Archbishop of Cracow, Poland, explains in a 1985 pastoral letter, we are not simply called to ask for God’s mercy with trust. We are also called to be merciful:
Our own merciful attitude is likewise a preparation. Without deeds of mercy, our devotion would not be real. For Christ does not only reveal the mercy of God, but at the same time He places before people the demand that they conduct themselves in life with love and mercy. Pope John Paul II states that this requirement constitutes the very heart of the Gospel ethos (Rich in Mercy, 3) — it is the commandment of love and the promise:
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt 5:7). Let it be a mercy that is forgiving and true, and universal, with good words, deeds, and prayer for others!
Our Lord’s words to St. Faustina about this requirement to be merciful are very strong and leave no room for misinterpretation: Yes, the first Sunday after Easter is the Feast of Mercy, but there must also be acts of mercy. …” I demand from you deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to excuse or absolve yourself from it. I am giving you three ways of exercising mercy toward your neighbor: the first — by deed, the second — by word, the third — by prayer. In these three degrees is contained the fullness of mercy, and it is an unquestionable proof of love for Me. By this means a soul glorifies and pays reverence to My mercy” (Diary of St. Faustina, 742).
What are the Works of Mercy?
Via Lucis or The Way of Light celebrates the 50 days between Easter and Pentecost. We invite you to celebrate every Saturday during the Easter Season at 17h00 in the church. The 17h30 mass will follow the Via Lucis
Perhaps your marriage has stopped blooming? Retrouville offers you and your spouse the opportunity to change the environment. If your marriage is in a dark place, there is hope – make the call and register for the next Retrouvaille program in Johannesburg 28 May. Call 0833397692 or register online at www.helpourmarriage.org.
Tuesday, March 30th the mobile app Catholify began the next 33 day consecration to St Joseph ending on the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, May 1st. The 33 day consecration follows the book written by Fr Donald Calloway. Join the Consecration to St. Joseph We have set up a Maryvale group. To join the group follow this link It is not too late to join the consecration.
The printed book is not available in SA at present, but the e-Book and audiobook are available to download on https://stjosephnow.org/
THE WILD GOOSE (In person or online)
This ministry is in progress (14 weeks of presentation and sharing) at 7pm on Wednesdays in the Hall. Attend in person or alternatively you can join online via Zoom. All Zoom participants must register online at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScs9kWogPfb_FLBFJPr15EEtFgvkov-J71U9kO6uGAxI3g3Fw/viewform?usp=sf_link or contact: Rev Gerald Rodrigues 083 659 3392. It is not too late to join.
Stations of the Light – every Saturday at 17h00 in the Church followed by Saturday evening mass. Booklet
There are numerous lectures, courses and masses that you can access online. Some of them are listed, with links, on this page.
The Southern Cross Magazine is on sale at the entrance to the church. Please buy a printed copy (R30).