In December 2015, Lourdes Parishioner Victoria Johnson gave a presentation on Mercy at Vespers at Lourdes.

Click here to view the presentation by Victoria Johnson.

It came in mail postmarked Vatican: an announcement that Pope Francis was calling all the Deacons in the world to Rome for the first ever Jubilee of the Deacon. WOW—it really looked official! Never in the tradition of the diaconate, an ordained order of the Church, has there been such a call. Who would not want to be there? Who would not want to experience the conclave of servants who give their all in the service of the Lord? Who would not want to hear the message of the shepherd of the Universal Church?

From Rachel's Vineyard's co-founder Kevin Burke: Given the current abortion statistics (55 million since 1973), millions of men have been involved in some way in an abortion decision and procedure. Regardless of one’s moral and political position on abortion, the reality is that many men experience their participation in abortion as a confusing and highly stressful experience.

Susan Stabile presents the Woman Caught in Adultery - John 8:1-11 (running time: 55:43)

 

Diane Millis Presents the Parable of the Vineyard - Matthew 20:1-16 (running time: 56:14)

 

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Click on photo to play video of Fr. Jesse's presentation on the Tijuana Mission.

In February Our Lady of Lourdes welcomed Fr. Jesse Esqueda to speak at all the masses as part of our new partnership with the Tijuana Mission of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.  The Mission provides spiritual, educational, medical and financial support to over 150,000 people living in the Tijuana community. We will formalize our partnership this summer and support the Oblates on an on-going basis both financially and through mission trips. If you'd like to give to The Mission, please visit our web site at www.ourladyoflourdesmn.com and click on Donate.

Our Justice & Charity committee hosted Fr. Jesse.  A highlight of the weekend was when Fr. Jesse lit a candle at the Basilica of St. Mary in dedication to Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of Lourdes in honor of our partnership. 

Today (April 3rd, 2016) is Divine Mercy Sunday and we had a visiting priest preside at Mass at Our Lady or Lourdes. I found much to ponder in his sermon.

The priest first made the point that we can’t really talk about mercy without first talking about sin. I loved his definition of sin as lack of love. Sin, he suggested, is choosing not to act in a loving way (or to act in a non-loving way) to others or to God.

Lord Jesus Christ, 
 
Send your spirit and consecrate every one of us with its annointing, so the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord and your church. 
 
With renewed enthusiasm bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed and restore sight to the blind. 
 
We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy, you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.
 
Amen.
 

The Corporal Works of Mercy 

  • Feed the hungry
  • Give drink to the thirsty
  • Clothe the naked
  • Shelter the homeless
  • Visit the sick
  • Visit the imprisoned
  • Bury the dead

The Spiritual Works of Mercy 

  • Admonish the sinner
  • Instruct the ignorant 
  • Counsel the doubtful
  • Comfort the sorrowful
  • Bear wrongs patiently
  • Forgive all injuries
  • Pray for the living and the dea