This past week has been a memorable one for those Parishioners who took time out to attend the sessions of the Parish Mission, presented by Fr Larry Kaufmann CSsR.
The end of every evening session saw deeply moved Parishioners exchanging looks and smiles, and even shaking their heads in wonder. The powerful message of the Lord’s overriding love and mercy was brought home to us time and time again, in so many different ways, by Fr Larry’s sincere, informed and sometimes understated homilies and preaching style. This was accompanied by different and striking liturgies, which served to reinforce the message most powerfully. The healing and penitential services were particularly moving, and who of those who were there will forget the candle-lit consecration, and the words of the consecration spoken in Jesus’ own home language, Aramaic?
Our deepest and most profound thanks to Fr Larry for bringing this experience to us - it has left us spiritually refreshed and with a new, and deeper appreciation of the Lord’s Mercy, and for what our beloved Pope Francis intended when he instituted the Year of Mercy.
Thank you, too, to Fr Paul for making it all possible.
We also thank all those Parishioners who contributed so generously towards
Fr Larry’s expenses.
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.
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.
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:
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).