"Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours."
Special Healing Mass for Year of Mercy
The community of Incarnation St. James Parish is offering a Healing Mass of Mercy on Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 at 3:00 P.M.
The Healing Mass of Mercy is an opportunity for us to come together as people of God who recognize our call to be there for one another in time of need.
“It’s a journey that starts with a spiritual conversion. For this reason I have decided to declare an Extraordinary Jubilee that has the mercy of God at its center. It will be a Holy Year of Mercy.”(Pope Francis)
Our God is so rich in mercy, He greatly desires that no one should feel trapped in sadness, isolation, feeling alone or abandoned. And so He sent His beloved Son into the world, entering so fully into the human condition, that He took upon Himself every suffering that we could suffer.
It is a Mass offered primarily for the spiritual healing of all members of our Parish, and throughout the world.
Why have a Mass for Healing?
This event is inspired by the Jubilee Year of Mercy
The family is the "domestic Church," a fundamental building block of the Body of Christ--it's where we encounter some of the most basic and profound lessons about life and love, and where we learn faith and virtue.
We all are wounded to varying degrees and in need of ongoing grace, affected by challenges from without and within, and beset to varying degrees by division, jealousies, stress, physical and mental illnesses, conflict, violence, addiction, infidelities, anger, and unforgiveness.
The Mass is the Church's supreme prayer, in which the saving work of Christ's Paschal Mystery is made present anew in our midst through the Eucharistic sacrifice. As Jesus himself said, "“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I came not to call the righteous, but sinners" (Mark 2:17).
Plenary Indulgence for Divine Mercy Sunday
On August 3, 2002, it was announced that St. Pope John Paul II established a plenary indulgence for Divine Mercy Sunday in order “to ensure that the faithful would observe this day with intense devotion... so that the faithful might receive in great abundance the gift of the consolation of the Holy Spirit. In this way, they can foster a growing love for God and for their neighbor, and after they have obtained God’s pardon, they in turn might be persuaded to show a prompt pardon to their brothers and sisters.”
This plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who, on Divine Mercy Sunday
- goes to sacramental confession,
- receives Holy Communion,
- prays for the intentions of the Pope,
- recites the Our Father and the Creed with a devotional prayer (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you.)in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for all sin.
Divine Mercy Sunday (April 3). It will be at Incarnation Church at 3PM (the hour of mercy).
Prior to that there will be opportunities for sacramental confession 2:00-2:40PM.
Praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy 2:40PM/ If you've been away from the Sacrament for some time, this is a beautiful and grace-filled opportunity.
Mass (which fulfills the Sunday obligation) at 3PM with a homily focusing in on the mercy of God that is available to us all.
This will fulfill the prayer and sacramental requirements for the plenary indulgence.
Fr. Santhosh George OSST