It's not too late to help your parishes. While organized parishes have been putting plans in place for months, many are just starting to consider what they might do to celebrate the year.
Archdiocese of New Orleans, Louisiana
The Archdiocese of New Orleans compiled a packet of resources, including the two-page flyer from The Pastoral Center, and sent it to all of its diocesan priests. They have set up a page on their evangelization website for the Jubilee of Mercy, have designated a Holy Year Door at their cathedral, and are sending out “Traveling Mercies: A Toolbox for the Jubilee” to each of their parishes, schools, and campus ministry centers.
Fr. Caron, Vicar of Evangelization and Promoter of the Year of Mercy for the Archdiocese shared, “The Year of Mercy provides our local Archdiocese and the entire Church with very practical resources to reflect and act on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy as found in the Scriptures so that all can come to believe in the mercy of God who is able to transform hearts.”
Diocese of London, Ontario
The Diocese of London, Ontario puts a strong focus on resourcing their parishes. They have purchased a diocese-wide license for seven of our Year of Mercy eResources, which they are making available to all of its parishes, schools, and organizations for free. The Pastoral Center has designed a custom web page for the diocese to share these resources and other ideas for the Jubilee Year.
"The leadership of the Pastoral Center always has a pulse on pastoral needs," says Connie Pare, Director of Pastoral Planning and Parish Support for the diocese. "Their commitment to making their resources accessible to dioceses and parishes through their generous and creative approach to sharing copyright at an affordable fee is worthy of praise and gratitude. The resources they produce are meaningful, timely and understandable to those seeking to deepen their faith whether they are on an individual journey or participating in parish programs."
Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana
The Diocese of Lafayette has formed a committee of representatives from several diocesan offices. They have gathered all of their priests and school religion administrators about the Year of Mercy and have made pastoral resources available at those meetings for review. They asked us for permission to print all of our eResources for display at those events. Each parish will decide which materials will best meet their needs.
Other steps they are taking:
"We have made these efforts in planning the Year of Mercy in answer to Pope Francis’ call that we, both as individuals and as a church, become more effective signs of God’s action in our lives," said Faye Drobnic of the Office of Worship. "It is our hope that through these various activities we will become more merciful in our words and actions, that we will open our hearts to those who are on the fringes of society, and that we will practice more consciously the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. It is our hope that these observances will lead to conversion."
Every diocese is unique, of course, and your plans for this special year should be, as well. Let us know if you'd like to talk about options or ideas... we're glad to chat by phone.
Or does your diocese have ideas and approaches that you want to share? Contact us!