Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio’s Pastoral Letter – Introduction
Since the Second Vatican Council, the Popes have never shied away from proclaiming the Doctrine of Mercy. Beginning with Pope John XXIII, who on October 11, 1962, during the opening address of the Second Vatican Council, said, “The Church prefers the medicine of Mercy rather than that of severity: ‘Today, however, Christ’s Bride prefers the balm of mercy to the arm of severity. She believes that present needs are best served by explaining more fully the purport of her doctrines, rather than by publishing condemnations.’” …
Catechetical and Pastoral Resources
24 Hours for the Lord and the “Vigil to Dry Tears” (March 4 and 5): Suggestions for local observation as well as a general plan for the diocesan observance at the Cathedral-Basilica of Saint James.
Prayers and Activities: A prayer service, two guided reflections, a video suggestion with discussion starter questions, and a selection of activities to learn about and put into action the works of mercy.
Pastoral Resources—Eight Catechetical Themes: These 8 books are the official catechetical resources for the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Pope Francis will be speaking on these themes in his weekly catechesis throughout the year.
USCCB: Diocesan and Parish Resources: A variety of resources and materials for life-long formation opportunities
Introducing the Holy Year of Mercy to Students: This eBook offers four practical suggestions for catechists. It can also be used at home.