What is a Parish Mission?
A Parish Mission is special time in a parish community when the community gathers together to gain further insight into a faith filled life. It is a time for grace and renewal of the parish through services and talks filled with stories, examples and meaning.
Why a "Year of Mercy" Mission?
As you know, Pope Francis has declared this year to be a "Jubilee of Mercy". In his "Bull of Indiction", Misericordiae Vultus (The Face of Mercy), he says
"At times we are called to gaze even more attentively on mercy so that we may become a more effective sign of the Father’s action in our lives. For this reason I have proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as a special time for the Church, a time when the witness of believers might grow stronger and more effective."
The Year of Mercy Mission, therfore, allows us a Parish the opportunity to do just that - gaze more attentively on mercy.The Mission will be preached by the Provincial of the Redemptorists in South Africa, Fr Larry Kaufmann CSsr, and will follow these themes:
- Monday: Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy (Pope Francis)
- Tuesday: Healing as an experience of God’s mercy
- Wednesday: Penance and forgiveness as an experience of God’s mercy
- Thursday: The Eucharist as a celebration of God’s mercy.
The Mission will open with Mass at St Francis of Assisi at 09h30 on Sunday 24th, followed by a brief meeting with the PPC and other Parish leaders - all leaders and members of groups and ministries in the Parish are invited to attend this meeting.This will then be followed by a Bring & Braai in back garden at St Francis of Assisi.
There will be Daily Masses at St Francis of Assisi (08h00) and St Clare of Assisi (10h30). After these masses, there will be opportunities for Parishioners to engage in informal or private (by appointment) chats with Fr Larry. Confessions are availabe every evening after the services (except for the evening of the Provincial workshop).
Who is Fr Larry Kaufmann CSsR?
Fr. Larry Kaufmann (right) is the current Provincial for the Redemptorist Province of South Africa as well as being a noted moral theologian and the author of a number of books. However, as a Redemptorist, Fr. Larry is also active in the preaching of parish missions throughout South Africa.
As you will appreciate, it costs a great deal to hold a Parish Mission such as this - Fr Larry's travel, accommodation and other expenses need to be met - and we are asking you to exercise you renowned generosity in support of this Mission. Envelopes will be available at Masses at both venues on Sunday 10th and 17th respectively. Alternatively you can deposit a donation into the Parish bank account: First National Bank, Acc Name: Catholic Church; Branch Code: 210515; Account No: 52541433000. Make sure you place the following in the reference line: Your Name + "Parish Mission".
God Bless you all.
Please see the attached leaflet for details, as well as the Mission Prayer. Theses details also appear on our website: www.kouga-catholic-church.co.za