24 Hour Year of Mercy Adoration and Confession

During the Year of Mercy there will be a 24 hour period of adoration and confession beginning at noon the Thursday proceeding the first Friday of each month at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (430 N. Broadway, Wichita).  All are invited. We especially want to extend an invitation to those who have been away from the Catholic Church.

The Year of Mercy

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Pope Francis has called for a Jubilee Year of Mercy to begin Dec. 8 and lasting until Nov. 20, 2016. This extraordinary jubilee year will be a great opportunity for all of us to immerse ourselves in the graces that have been won for us by our Lord’s paschal mystery, in which he showed to us the mercy of the Father. I want to do my part to encourage all of us to participate in this Year of Mercy as much as possible.

The mercy of God is not just one of God’s many attributes, but is the essence of God himself. We are more or less merciful. God is mercy. Mercy is a synonym for love and as St. John the Apostle proclaimed, “God is love.” This love is marked by tenderness, compassion, and a deep and unchanging love of God for all of God’s creation, but especially the highest of all created beings, the human person. We can do nothing to destroy or lessen God’s mercy for us. We cannot earn it or even be worthy of it. It is pure gift. All we can do is receive it, with humility, recognition and acknowledgment of the giver. And we can try to imitate God’s mercy in our relationships in family, school, work and society. Of course, we will always fall short of the depths of God’s mercy, but we are nonetheless invited to be sharers of the mercy of the Father.


Explanation of the Year of Mercy

By Fr. Dan Duling

In Rome, at St. Peter’s on April 11, 2015, on the Vigil of the Divine Mercy Sunday, our Holy Father, Pope Francis gave the “Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.” 

In the beginning of the indiction Pope Francis says, “We need constantly to contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy: the word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. Mercy: the fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely in the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life. Mercy: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.” 

In this Year of Mercy the Holy Father is calling each and every one of us to encounter the mystery of the Trinity, to meet God, to look sincerely into the eyes of our brothers and sisters on the path of life, and to connect with God by opening our hearts to his will. Simply put, to profoundly experience the mercy in which God deeply wants to share with us. 


Jubileo Extraordinario del año de la Misericordia

Queridos Hermanos y Hermanas en Cristo,

El Papa Francisco ha convocado al Jubileo Extraordinario del año de la Misericordia que comienza el 8 de Diciembre y dura hasta el 20 de Noviembre de 2016. Este año Jubilar Extraordinario será una gran oportunidad para que todos nos sumerjamos en las gracias que se han ganado ya para nosotros a través del misterio Pascual de nuestro Señor, en el que nos mostró la misericordia de nuestro Padre. Quiero hacer lo que este de mi parte para alentarlos a participar en este Año de la Misericordia tanto como sea posible.

La misericordia de Dios no es sólo uno de los muchos atributos de Dios, pero es la esencia de Dios mismo. Nosotros somos más o menos misericordiosos. Dios es misericordia. Misericordia es un sinónimo de amor y San Juan Apóstol proclamó, “Dios es amor”. Este amor se caracteriza por la ternura, la compasión y un amor profundo e inmutable de Dios para toda la creación de Dios, pero sobre todo el más alto de todos los seres creados, la persona humana. No podemos hacer nada para destruir o disminuir la misericordia de Dios para nosotros. No podemos ganarla o incluso ser dignos de ella. Es un regalo puro. Todo lo que podemos hacer es recibirla con humildad, reconocimiento y agradecimiento del donante. Y podemos intentar imitar la misericordia de Dios en nuestras relaciones en la familia, escuela, trabajo, y sociedad. Por supuesto, nosotros no alcanzaremos hasta las profundidades de la misericordia de Dios, pero sin embargo estamos invitados a ser partícipes de la misericordia del Padre.