40 hours of Mercy

Our Parish Had a "40 Hours of Divine Mercy" that occurred from June 22nd to 25th of 2017.

Here are some photos that I took:

40 Hours of Divine Mercy Photos

The schedule we followed

Benefits

Here are all the recordings of the presentations that were given this year (2017):

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Here are all the recordings of the presentations that were given at last year's 40 Hours of Divine Mercy (2016):

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Why are we having this “40 Hours of Divine Mercy” on these particular dates of June 22nd to the 25th?

June 24th is the Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist, which is the parish feast day. St. John the Baptist is the “titular” of our parish. Titulus in Latin means “title” of a particular place. In the Catholic Church, buildings are usually named after a saint, an event in Our Lord’s life, or in honor of a particular Catholic Doctrine. So, it seems only right and fitting that we would mark our parish feast day with prayer and praise and pondering the Word of God.


Here is an article which explains why the parish feast day should be a big deal for a parish:

https://www.osv.com/OSVNewsweekly/Article/TabId/535/ArtMID/13567/ArticleID/16869/Celebrating-the-Parish-Feast.aspx

Here is an interesting article about the parish feast day written by a priest in Gambia:

http://thepoint.gm/africa/gambia/article/the-parish-feast-day-celebration-and-its-significance

Parish Feast Days are so important that they can be transferred to the following Sunday if that particular Feast Day occurs during the Season of Ordinary Time:

http://www.catholicregister.org/columns/item/13963-sunday%E2%80%99s-shifting-solemnities

Here are some sites that will tell you about the Solemnity of St. John the Baptist:

https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/calendar/day.cfm?date=2016-06-24

http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=152


What is a 40 Hours Devotion?

What is so significant about the amount of 40 Hours?

These websites can tell you the answers:

https://www.osv.com/OSVNewsweekly/Story/TabId/2672/ArtMID/13567/ArticleID/3512/Forty-Hours-Devotion.aspx

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forty_Hours%27_Devotion

Opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation

I will be hearing confessions during Al Barbarino's Time of Reflection and Praise.

We will have some visiting priests in the parish hall hearing confessions at 2:00 PM on Sunday, June 26th, an hour before the final "Hour of Mercy" at 3:00 PM.

What is this Divine Mercy Devotion?

For more information about Divine Mercy Devotions you could go here:

https://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/mercy/backgr.htm


What is the Fortnight for Freedom?

Each year dioceses around the country arrange special events to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. The Fortnight for Freedom is from June 21—the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More—to July 4, Independence Day.

We are Catholics. We are Americans. We are proud to be both, grateful for the gift of faith which is ours as Christian disciples, and grateful for the gift of liberty which is ours as American citizens. To be Catholic and American should mean not having to choose one over the other. Our allegiances are distinct, but they need not be contradictory, and should instead be complementary. That is the teaching of our Catholic faith, which obliges us to work together with fellow citizens for the common good of all who live in this land. That is the vision of our founding and our Constitution, which guarantees citizens of all religious faiths the right to contribute to our common life together.

For more information on this topic you can go here:

http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/fortnight-for-freedom/

Link to previous 40 hours page below