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MERCY MINUTES – Bishop Kettler’s Pastoral Letter

As part of an effort to help people engage, understand and dive deeper into Bishop Kettler’s pastoral letter, Be Merciful, Just as Your Father is Merciful, The Visitor offered a 40-day series of messages throughout Lent called “Mercy Minutes.” These Mercy Minutes included quotes and short excerpts from the pastoral letter as well as prayer intentions and theological reflections on the 14 questions that accompany the letter. You can read the posts at: http://bemerciful.stcdio.org/

Pilgrimage Passport

Your pilgrimage passport for the Year of Mercy

passportThe Visitor announces the “Pilgrimage Passport: A Journey of Mercy” project. This project is intended for individuals, families, students, schools, youth groups and anyone who wants to mark the Year of Mercy in a special way.

To the right is a “passport” that can be cut out and folded in half. Below are “stamps” that can be cut out.

Once an act of mercy has been performed or received or a pilgrimage has been made, “stamps” can be glued onto the boxes designated for each of four categories: pilgrimage sites, corporal works of mercy, spiritual works of mercy and an area where participants may choose a mix of any of the three categories.

The idea is to encourage people to consciously make an effort to understand, exhibit, receive and be grateful for God’s great mercy.

On the inside of the passport are ideas for places to visit and things to do to “earn” a stamp. Feel free to be creative. Participants may also write in the boxes if they do not wish to use the stamps.

Tell us how it went

Once passports are filled, participants are encouraged to answer one or more of the three questions on the back of the passport. This can also be written on a separate piece of paper and submitted to The Visitor – Year of Mercy, P.O. Box 1068, St. Cloud, MN 56302 or emailed to editor@stcloudvisitor.org. Please include your name and phone number. Responses may be used in print and/or online.

Download the passport and stamps here:

Passport (PDF)

Passport Stamps (PDF)


festival-of-forgiveness-300x217Festival of Forgiveness

Friday, March 4

Each deanery will have a designated church where the sacrament of reconciliation will be available over the course of 12 hours.

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