40 hours of Mercy

June 26, 2018

Dear Friends:

Our "40 Hours of Divine Mercy" is now completed. I would ask for your continued prayers, that we would see many graces and blessings coming from this time of prayer and reflection. I would ask for your prayers, because we are already making plans for a next "40 Hours of Divine Mercy". We don't have the exact dates yet, but it will be somehow connected to the Birthday of St. John the Baptist which will be June 24, 2019. In the meantime, you could send me via email (ghh091769@gmail.com) your suggestions for next year, or whether you would be interested in helping us to organize this event for next year. We will leave this page up on our parish website up for a few months. That way if you would like to hear the recordings of the various presentations you could find them with this page. I have also included the audio presentations on my "Mission of Mercy" Playlist which is up to 57 recordings. This playlist includes past 40 Hours presentations and presentations from other renewal weekends that we have had:

Thank you for all your prayers. I appreciate the "spiritual bouquet" that you gave me. Thank you to the many people who were involved in this. There were many people who were at work behind the scenes.

Once again, thank you for all your assistance. Below are all the recording of the 2018 "40 Hours of Divine Mercy" for your ongoing reflection.

In Christ,

Fr. Harris

P.S. We still have one big event coming up to close out our celebration of the Birthday of St. John the Baptist:

Guest Speakers

From Our 2018 "40 Hours of Divine Mercy"

Julie sang at all the Sunday Masses on the weekend of June 30th/July 1st. Then on Monday, July 2nd, at 7:00 PM she will be giving a concert at St. John's.

Msgr. Stuart Swetland gave a presentation at the 3:00 PM Closing Ceremony at St. John's in Rapids City on Sunday, June 24, 2018:

He also preached this homily at the 9:30 AM Sunday Mass at St. John's on June 24, 2018:

Fr. Troy Richmond preached the homily at the 5:00 PM Saturday Vigil Mass at St. John's on June 23, 2018:

Fr. Troy Richmond is the pastor of Saints Mary and Matthias Parishes in Muscatine Iowa. He is known for his charismatic healing masses that he conducts in the area.

Devin Schadt from the "Fathers of St. Joseph" gave this presentation at St. John's Church on Saturday, June 23rd at 9:00 AM:

Here is a presentation that Devin gave a few years ago at the Vicariate Renewal Event:

Fr. John Theiryoung, the pastor of St. Catherine Church in Aledo, St. Anthony Church in Matherville, and St. John in Viola, gave a presentation at St. John's on Friday, June 22nd, at 7:00 PM:

The topic of his presentation was:

"Mercy and Righteousness in the Beatitudes"

Here is the book that he was referencing:

Fr. Theiryoung describes himself this way:

"I overheard one of our sixth graders refer to a coach or teacher as 'He's a person from the last century.' Perfect description of me - technologically challenged. I have tried to record and upload and have been defeated by incompatibility problems. I have no idea how to get a photo on the internet let alone a video.

Therefore, you can tell them - Fr. John Thieryoung is a graduate of Cleveland State University with a double major in History and Communication, and a minor in English. He was certified to teach high school History and English in Ohio. He worked as a Catholic newspaper editor for the Byzantine Catholic Diocese of Parma, Ohio. He taught History and Theology at a Catholic high school in the Toledo Diocese. He graduated from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia with an MA in Pastoral Theology and was Ordained in 1996 for the Diocese of Peoria. He is pastor of three parishes in Mercer County: St. Catherine, Aledo, St. Anthony, Matherville, and St. John, Viola. He also teaches Church History at the Community of St. John Novitiate in Princeville, IL and is Spiritual Assistant to the Secular Discalced Carmelite Community of St. Joseph and the Prophet Elijah.

I will chew on Mercy, St. Thomas More, and Religious Freedom - I was also thinking of Mercy and Justice."

Below is the presentation that he gave:

Fr. Peter Zorjan, pastor of St. Patrick's in Colona and Our Lady of Guadelupe in Silvis gave a presentation at St. John's on Thursday, June 21st, at 7:00 PM:

Here was the topic of his presentation:

"The Eucharist: Divine Mercy Itself" Whenever we think of Saint Faustina and the Divine Mercy Diary we automatically tend to think of the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Novena, and the practices and indulgences of Divine Mercy Sunday. However, in the diary itself there is so much richness there that we do not realize about our Catholic faith to ponder more deeply. One such area is the Holy Eucharist. The Eucharist is Jesus, and when we receive Him we enter into communion with Him. Imagine that! Jesus told Saint Faustina, "I desire to unite Myself with human souls; My great delight is to unite myself with souls. Know, My daughter, that when I come to a human heart in Holy Communion, My hands are full of all kinds of graces which I want to give to the soul. But souls do not even pay any attention to Me; they leave Me to Myself and busy themselves with other things" (Diary of Divine Mercy, 1385). And so in this talk I will focus on what graces Jesus wants to give you and how He is personally trying to change your life through the Eucharist. This talk will quote the Bible, Catechism of the Catholic Church, the Divine Mercy Diary, and expound on the wisdom of the saints in regards to the Eucharist and how Jesus is trying to change your life through His great gift of grace.

Below is the audio of the presentation.

Joan and Dave Moroney with Mother of Mercy Messengers came to be a part of our "40 Hours of Divine Mercy" . They gave presentations on three occasions:Tuesday, June 19th, at 7:00 PM; Wednesday, June 20th, at 9:00 AM;Wednesday, June 20th, at 7:00 PM. Here are the presentations:

I'm Fr. Glenn Harris. I'm the pastor here at St. John's in Rapids City and St. Mary's in Hampton.

I'm not one of the main presenters for the "40 Hours of Divine Mercy" but I will be preaching every day for Mass, and those homilies will fit into the theme of our "40 Hours".

Below are the homilies that I have given for this "40 Hours".

The pope not only hears confessions, but he also goes to confession. Even though our "40 Hours" is now over we still offer several times during the week the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation:

  • Saturday at 4:00 PM at St. John's
  • Sunday at 7:30 AM at St. Mary's
  • First Fridays, after the 8:00 AM Mass at St. John's
  • First Saturdays, after the 8:00 AM Mass at St. Mary's

My fellow Secular Disalced Carmelite Judith Costello will be showing her art at our 40 Hours.