Clergy Resource Newsletter
Happy Easter! Rejoice! He Is Risen!
In his Easter message, “Urbi et Orbi,” Pope Francis invites us to hope in the “Risen Shepherd,” who carries on his shoulders all of our “brothers and sisters who are crushed by evil in its varied forms.” Pope Francis says the Risen Shepherd tirelessly seeks out the lonely and marginalized—including those victimized by forms of slavery and refugees forced to leave their homeland—especially the people of Syria and those experiencing a hunger crisis in Africa.
Lent Is Just a Month Away
Lent is just a month away, coming again to make its prophetic appeal, as Pope Francis says. This Lent, we pray that the people in our communities open their hearts to God’s ongoing invitation to begin something new in them. And we hope that as members of our congregations are renewed in their relationship with God, this will lead them out to encounter others, and create something new around us.
Year of Mercy Coming to a Close
In November, the Church begins the last month of the Liturgical Year and the Jubilee Year of Mercy. Though the official Doors of Mercy will close, the Church’s mission of embodying God’s mercy continues steadily on. In recent weeks, especially, the Church in the southeastern U.S. and the Caribbean has poured out mercy to people affected by Hurricane Matthew. The end of the Year of Mercy also reminds us that a new Liturgical Year is starting, and Advent is around the corner.
Celebrating Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
In September, the Church will canonize Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. Catholic Relief Services assisted Mother Teresa before her work was well known and has been a friend of the Missionaries of Charity, the religious order she founded, which has devoted “wholehearted and free service to the poorest of the poor,” for nearly 50 years.