We welcome Fr. Larry Kaufmann CSsR (right), who 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, and that is the reason Fr Larry is here this week.
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 Fr Larry Kaufmann CSsr, who will show us God’s Face of Mercy through these themes:
- Monday: Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy
- 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.
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 Pentitential Service).