My Dear Parishioners,
Pope Francis has announced an extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy beginning on December 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception December, and ending on the feast of Christ the King, November, 20, 2016. The aim of the Holy Year is to proclaim and to receive the loving mercy of God, who is rich in mercy. This is very fitting for us during the terrible turmoil that is corrupting our world today. We can do our part by restoring harmony and peace between our families, friends, between churches and society. God has created us in His image and likeness, and wants us to be one with Him. He calls sinners, you and me, and wants us to change and be free from sin.
Based on this, I want to announce a spiritual program for our parish family at St Andrew Bobola. The real purpose of this program is to invite all of us to open ourselves to receive God’s mercy and to manifest that Divine mercy to others. I would like to encourage you to respond to God’s mercy, to take a good look at your life, to acknowledge your sins, and to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation more frequently.
During the Year of Mercy we will have Eucharistic Adoration every Wednesday from 3pm to 6:30pm. We will have confession every Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm and Saturday at 3pm. On Wednesdays we will pray the Holy Rosary at 6pm. The Rosary will be prayed 20 minutes before the start of our other weekday Masses. I hope, as a permanent reminder of the Jubilee, that we will have an increase in the pilgrimage of Divine Mercy Image to the homes of our parishioners. Please welcome this Image of Jesus to your homes and spend some time with Him praying for your family and friends. During the Holy Year, we will say the Chaplet of Divine Mercy before Sunday Masses and the prayer of St Michael the Archangel. During Lent we will have a parish retreat and Passion play to honor Jesus, our Savior.
We must work hard to develop the virtue of mercy, by doing the corporal works: feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, caring for the sick, burying the dead, visiting those in prison, and above all, giving alms to the poor. To answer Jesus’ call we will start a new program in our parish. We will serve Fellowship Meals on Wednesdays for people in need. We need also to pray to the Holy Spirit and ask Him to help us perform spiritual works of mercy by giving instruction, advising the doubtful, comforting the sorrowful, admonishing sinners, praying for others, bearing wrongs patiently, and forgiving those who insult us, which can be the most difficult of all.
As we enter this Jubilee Year of Mercy and celebrate Christmas, I would like to invite you to celebrate the Birth of Jesus. The schedule for Christmas is as follows: Vigil Mass at 4:45pm – English, Midnight Mass at 12:00 am – Polish and English, and Christmas Day: 9:15 am – Polish and 11 am – English. Confession before Christmas will be held December 15th at 7pm. During this Holy Year of Mercy, let us pray for one another to become one with Christ and love as He does, with mercy and forgiveness. May this Christmas be for you a special time when Baby Jesus will strengthen your faith and lift up your spirit. On this Holy Day of Christmas, I would like to extend my best wishes to our parishioners, visitors and guests. As your Pastor, I pray for your family and friends that this Christmas will be for you a Holy Day of love and peace, unity and solidarity of hearts in an atmosphere of family warmth and acceptance. May Jesus strengthen your faith, love and hope.
God bless you.
Jesus I Trust in You!
Rev Krzysztof Korcz, Pastor