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  • Drumshanbo Parish: ACCORD, Catholic Marriage Care Service
    of the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference It has centres located throughout the dioceses of Ireland Its ministry is primarily concerned with supporting the sacrament of marriage by helping couples as they prepare for marriage and offering support to them in their marriage relationship ACCORD s aim is to promote a better understanding of Christian marriage and to help couples initiate sustain and enrich their commitment to one another and to

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  • Drumshanbo Parish: Pope Francis’ Prayer for the Holy Year of Mercy
    by God Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord and your Church with renewed enthusiasm may 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 Misericordiae Vultus The Face of Mercy The bull is the fundamental document for the Holy Year that outlines the overall spirit and intentions for the Jubilee as well as the spiritual fruits that are hoped for The 28 page bull titled Misericordiae Vultus or The Face of Mercy opens with the declaration Jesus is the face of the Father s mercy These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith In the document Pope Francis says the Holy Year is dedicated to living out in our daily lives the mercy which God constantly extends to all of us He explains the year will begin on 8 December to commemorate both the feast of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council which called the Church to proclaim the Gospel to the world in new ways bringing God s mercy to everyone After the Holy Door of St Peter s is open on December 8 the Holy Doors of the other papal basilicas will be opened in subsequent days As well as a sign of communion of the whole Church the pope has requested that every diocese in the world open a similar Door of Mercy for the local celebrations of the Jubilee The document develops three main themes First Pope Francis elaborates the theological understanding of God s mercy explaining the role of mercy in the life of people and of the Church who are both the beneficiaries and the witnesses to God s mercy in the world The mercy of God is not an abstract idea but a concrete reality through which he reveals his love as that of a father or a mother moved to the very depths out of love for their child the Pope writes Mercy is the very foundation of the Church s life he continues The Church s very credibility is seen in how she shows merciful and compassionate love He recalls that the motto of the Holy Year is Merciful like the Father Wherever the Church is present the mercy of the Father must be evident he writes Wherever there are Christians everyone should find an oasis of mercy As a second theme the Pope offers practical ways to live well the Holy Year go on pilgrimage as an impetus to conversion do not judge or condemn but forgive and give avoiding gossip envy and jealousy have a heart open to the fringes of society and bring consolation mercy and

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