March 4, 2016
In his proclamation of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis described mercy as “the very foundation of the Church’s life.” We are all sinners in need of the balm of God’s mercy, which brings healing, forgiveness and peace.
During Lent 2016, the Church in the Diocese of Saint Cloud wants every person to experience the life-changing power of God’s mercy and love.
Fourth Friday of Lent
On March 4, 2016 — the fourth Friday of Lent — the Diocese of Saint Cloud is holding a 12-hour “Festival of Forgiveness” during which the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available at designated churches throughout the diocese from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. The Catholic faithful, including those who have been away from the sacraments, are invited to participate in this special Year of Mercy celebration.
On the following Sunday of Lent, we hear the Gospel story of Jesus giving sight to a blind man. Jesus gives the man true sight; he sees with his eyes but also with the eyes of faith. Likewise, when we turn to Jesus and trust in him, our lives will be transformed by his unending love and mercy.
Everyone is invited
Inspired by Pope Francis, the “Festival of Forgiveness” is a time to encounter God’s mercy in our lives. All are invited to join in this celebration on March 4.