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Effective Parish Practices for the Jubilee Year of Mercy

Bulletin board at religious education entrance, St. Joseph, Bradley

St. Charles Borromeo, Bensenville (Contact: Kristi Quinlan) 

Year of Mercy Bulletin Stuffer/Handout  
This two-sided, magazine-style page was designed to distribute to all our  Faith Formation families at the start of the Year of Mercy (electronically and hard copy).  We have also included this in our parish bulletin for the first week of the Year of Mercy, and posted it on our website and Facebook page.  We plan to share it with the school families as well. (Contact jdonahue@dioceseofjoliet for editable version.  

Experiencing God's Mercy - Quotes Handout

Mercy Cards  (Sample: full set to come) Two-sided PDF to be cut into 8 cards per sheet.  Each week our Faith Formation kids and school kids will be receiving a “Mercy Card” with one suggested action that will help their family learn about and live mercy that week.

St. Thomas the Apostle, Naperville  (Contact: Peggy Goralski)

St. Thomas is creating a Moments of Mercy chain. At all liturgies during the second week of Advent, parishioners were invited to take strips of paper, to recall moments of mercy in their own life, and to share those moments on the strips of paper. The chain was then made from the mercy strips. The response was overwhelming. The chain will be displayed in our worship space throughout the year.  Parishioners are invited to continue to add to the chain as they experience or remember more moments of mercy in their life. It is a wonderful reminder (and celebration!) of God’s mercy and our call to show mercy to others.

St. Irene, Warrenville  (Contact: Joe Fredrickson)

What Now, Papa? Event
A parish-wide event held after Mass introducing the tenants of Catholic Social Teaching (CST) in a relaxed, accessible way. The event begins with a song, prayer, and an address from our pastor. Parishioners are given a nametag and told that their "mission" is to find one theme of CST in particular that sparks a desire within them to learn more and eventually serve others during the Year of Mercy. At the end, parishioners are invited (if they're ready) to place their nametag on one square within a large poster representing the theme of CST that most spoke to them. Among the entry points for parishioners to explore how they might be called to learn more about CST and what Pope Francis has said about the Year of Mercy are:
- Tri-folds created by volunteers that summarize each of the 7 themes of CST with reference to scripture passages, local service organizations, and quotes and pictures of Pope Francis;
- Information sign-up sheets for various service organizations in the parish and the surrounding community;
- Volunteers knowledgeable about CST and the service opportunities available to engage in conversation with parishioners;
- A CST timeline (resource from the USCCB) that highlights the major documents of CST from Rerum Novarum in 1891 to Laudato Si' in 2015.