Saints and Souls
Tue, Nov. 1 - ALL SAINTS DAY
(Holy Day of Obligation)
Mass at 11:30 AM
Wed, Nov. 2 - ALL SOULS DAY
Mass at 11:30 AM and 6:30 PM
Some Reflections on the Power of Our Prayers
and Our Sufferings
There may be empty seats in St. Joseph Chapel at the All Souls Day Masses on November 2nd, but the Chapel could still be full. Full of many souls unseen by us, but who on that day may be released from Purgatory, having completed their expiation and learning. Souls that are so grateful for the prayers and sufferings that we have offered for them.
One way of understanding Purgatory is as a School of Love. Jesus explained to the mystic, Maria Valtorta that in Purgatory a soul learns to love that which they were not able to love on earth. They learn to love perfectly in order to enter Heaven.
But it is important to remember that while the souls in Purgatory can pray for us, they cannot pray for themselves. We, the living, must pray for them, otherwise they are helpless. St. Faustina was often visited by souls who begged for her prayers or for a Mass to be offered for the expiation of their sins and failings. The Mass is the most effective means of helping them because it is Christ who offers Himself and sacrifices Himself out of love for us and for them.
But another very powerful way of helping the poor souls is the offering of our own sufferings and penances. Many Catholics grow up hearing the phrase "Offer it up," but without really understanding how powerful that practice can be. Suffering comes to every life, and while most of us do not welcome it, we have the freedom to choose how we respond to it. When we suffer, with as much patience and humility as we can muster, we grow in grace, and in merits. And when we choose to offer our suffering for the poor souls--whether it is voluntary suffering, or involuntary such as illness or mourning-- our suffering can have an unheard of power to help them. We won't understand just how powerful until we are in heaven.
The best way to offer our sufferings is to unite our sufferings to those of Jesus, by placing them in the hands of Mary. She is the one who knows best how to use them, where they are most needed. And She will give back to us at the hour of our own death.
Another mystic of the Church has said, "Our offered sufferings will be our most precious treasures in the other world. We must remind each other of this and encourage each other when we suffer."
October 28, 2022
Mission of Divine Mercy
St. Michael! Holy Angels!
Be Our Protection!
Mother Magdalene reminds us that the days surrounding Halloween are a time of increased occult activity and ceremonies which particularly target children. This activity is not to be taken lightly or dismissed as the "scary stuff" that delighted many of us when we were young. There are people out there with very evil intent. We need to combat their efforts by increasing our prayers during this period. Call on the Holy Angels and especially St. Michael to once again defeat the efforts of Satan and to protect all people, but particularly children.
Jesus, we trust in YOU.
BLESSING OF THE NEW HOLY SOULS MEMORIALS
Wednesday, November 2nd
On the Feast of All Souls, Father John Mary will bless all of the new memorials that have been put in place during the last year.
(The memorial order that was sent in October arrived this week and all memorials are in place for next Wednesday's blessing .)
The blessing will take place at 6:30 PM before Mass.
Father will also celebrate an 11:30 AM that day.
The Men's December retreat is full, but we encourage you to make use of our Waiting List.
Encounter With Jesus Retreats
USE THIS LINK TO REGISTER FOR MEN/ENGLISH
February 9-12 – Women/English
March 9-12 -Women/Spanish
May 4-7 – Men/English
- Registration will open on our website, two months prior to each retreat.
- Each person must register individually, not as a group, so that we have contact information.
- We cannot reserve spaces in advance of the opening date for reservation.
- Due to limited space, we will give priority to those who have not made an EWJ.
- Prior retreatants wishing to make another retreat should call 830-302-9707 to be placed on the waiting list.
- For more information about the EWJ retreat, please go to our webpage: www.missionofdivinemercy.org
Confession is heard Saturday mornings by appointment, and on Sunday mornings from 9:00-9:45 on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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No Mass at the Mission
on Saturday, November 5th,
due to the Deanery Assembly.
A NETWORK OF TRUST
"This is what MDM is called to be: a growing communion of trust in His Mercy
for our needy world." ~ Fr. John Mary
MDM started encouraging people to pray "Jesus, I trust in You" ten times a day back in 2011. Recently we felt it was important to remind people to turn to Jesus with this simple, powerful prayer in a world that feels more and more out of control. We are suggesting 20 times, but some people find themselves repeating it hundreds of times. It reminds our troubled souls that GOD IS IN CONTROL.
Many of you have put your name on our growing list and have also left a prayer intention or testimony:
"A wonderful visit! A beautiful Liturgy; inspiring, touching, spirit filled, and holy. We so appreciated the tour that Steve gave the 5 of us. I am certainly considering coming to a retreat here, coming from southern Illinois. Amazing to find this sacred space without any advertising or road signs! Thank God for our concrete contractor in Illinois who let us know about the Mission. His dad is Steve, the Mission Jack of all Trades! Thank you God, for these blessed connections!" ~Ann
"Jesus, I trust in you. Please, heal my youngest son. He has RSV and already has a medically complicated history. Jesus loves him so much! God is good."~Kelle
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Fr. John Mary's Sunday Homily
Oct 23, 2022
3 Steps to Be Justified
Jesus gives us a simple, practical model that we can follow. It makes an eternal difference in our lives. One lie to reject. Two truths to acknowledge.
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