TRIDUUM Weather Watch
Like everyone else in South Texas, we have been praying for rain. Our ground is so dry. Well, the Lord has finally decided to grant us some, just in time to threaten our second largest outdoor event of the year: the Walking Way of the Cross tomorrow. We've had much discussion (see below) about what to do. We have decided to go ahead and hold the Walk and all Triduum services as scheduled, rain or shine. If the rain gets too heavy we have contingency plans. We are praying that God will give us a dry window, particularly for the Walk. We advise those who come to be prepared for wet conditions and to "offer it up" for Jesus and your most important intentions.
"Because by Your Holy Cross, You have redeemed the world."
Mission of Divine Mercy
April 6, 2023
New Video In the Works
If you attend the Way of the Cross or our Easter Vigil you may notice a videographer among the crowd. We are preparing a new MDM video to help explain the mission and apostolate of our Community to a new audience. Please keep this endeavor in your prayers.
Divine Mercy Novena begins tomorrow, Good Friday. We will be sending out daily emails during the course of the Novena to assist you in praying for each day's intention.
GOD HELP US!!
(strategizing MDM style)
As usual, we were all checking the forecast for Holy Week. Two weeks out they were predicting rain for Holy Thursday through Easter. But in Texas the potential for rain usually recedes as the day draws closer. Except this time:
On Sunday, April 2 Fr. John Mary posted:
Currently, on the forecast I'm seeing, rain is forecast from Thursday to Sunday. Of course, that may change. And God can change it. But we should have alternate plans for
- Thursday, our little procession after Mass
- Friday, the Way of the Cross. This is the biggest problem. Do we announce that it is "weather permitting"? Do we move it into the chapel, or the OCC if the rain is hard? The crowd will probably be smaller if it's raining. Of course, it's very different if we are inside.
- Sunday, the Easter Fire.
Much discussion ensued. Different scenarios imagined, different solutions explored. No good answers. Finally: Mother Magdalene- Circumstances are harder than usual this year; no sure solution. Favor going ahead as planned and BEGGING THE ETERNAL FATHER, FOR THE SAKE OF HIS SACRIFICED SON, TO COVER THIS.
Bill Burkhardt- For what it is worth, IMHO. Stick with Plan A.
We here in South Texas consider rain a blessing.
This could be a test of the well prepared and the truly faithful.
We should all just offer it up and persevere.
Fr. John Mary had an idea: Big Black Garbage Bags!
"Speaking as someone who wears them in the rain 🙂, I think it would be good to have a supply of these available for people. The large, thicker bags. There will always be some who aren't prepared."
Raymundo- Yes, the black garbage bags are wide and big enough to cover the body like a shirt, to protect us in case it rains.
Dave Sommers-I nominate Jackie as the BAG LADY, two for a dollar or .50 each. She can pull it off, I've seen her work with visitors!!
As always, Jesus, we trust in You!
HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE
AT THE MISSION OF DIVINE MERCY
Holy Thursday (April 6)
7:30 pm - Mass of the Institution of the Eucharist followed by Eucharistic Vigil
10 pm -Vigil Ends and Mission closes
Good Friday (April 7)
9:00 am - Walking Way of the Cross
11:30 am- 2pm - Confessions (We hope to have 1-2 additional priests. First come, first served.)
Veneration of the Relic of the True Cross at St. Joseph Chapel
2:00 pm - Service of the Passion. Followed by Novena of Divine Mercy. Followed by
opportunity to venerate the Relic of the True Cross.
4:00 pm - Mission closes
Holy Saturday (April 8)
9:00 am - Rosary of Our Lady of Sorrows and Divine Mercy Novena
9- 11:00 am - Confessions – (We hope to have 1 additional priest. First come, first served.)
12:00 pm - Mission closes to public
Easter Sunday (April 9)
6:00 am - Solemn Easter Vigil
Light breakfast and fellowship after Mass
10:00am Mission closes.
Please Note : NO 10 AM MASS ON EASTER SUNDAY
SPECIAL CANDLE FOR YOUR HOME
There is a tradition in some countries of having a special blessed candle for the home that is lit from the new fire of the Paschal Candle during the Easter Vigil. This candle is usually decorated with the same symbols as the Paschal Candle, and is lit during family prayers, times of distress, illness, danger or difficulty, etc., as a reminder of the power and victory of Jesus’ Passion, Death and Resurrection.
Beginning today, Holy Thursday, we will have a limited number of these blessed candles available in our Sacramental House. The candles are approximately 8" tall, and are available (one per household) for a suggested donation of $15.
We invite you to bring your own ‘family Paschal candle’ to the Easter Vigil.
Celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday
at the Mission of Divine Mercy
10 am Mass
Celebrated at outdoor Sanctuary
on Tepeyac Hill.
Followed by Divine Mercy Chaplet and
Veneration of Image of Divine Mercy.
People are asked to bring their own chairs or blankets for seating.
(No confession available that day as we could not find additional priests. Pray for vocations.)
TALK AVAILABLE ON LINE
Br. Mikael's talk "My God, My God, Why Have You Abandoned Me?" Reflections on the interior sufferings of Jesus is now available on line using the link below.
Encounter With Jesus Retreat
May 4-7 –WOMEN/SPANISH
(Retreat is full but you can call 830-302-9707 to be put on the waiting list.
There are always last minute cancellations.)
- Registration will open on our website, two months prior to each retreat.
- If a retreat is full, call 830-302-9707 and ask to be put on the waiting list. There are always last minute cancellations.
- 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
(This does not apply for Holy Week. Refer to schedule above.)
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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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:
Please pray for my son David and his little family. And For Phylip who suffers from anxiety. He needs you Jesus to give him wisdom to be clean from the evil that haunts him, he needs healing. … Jesus I trust in you. ~ Angie
Thank you! ~Kelly
My husband, Dale and I had a wonderful time visiting your breathtaking place. ~Joy
Please pray for my father who is 93 years old, for my husband that his faith in God grows stronger every day. For my daughter that she returns to the Catholic faith and for Noel, that God opens his eyes towards him, let everything he does be for the glory of God and help to others. JESUS I TRUST IN YOU. ~Clara
Please pray for me, for my fast recovery ~Amado
For my children that do not practice our Catholic faith, Give them faith and Catholic spouses. For all my friends who are suffering from illness, give them healing. ~Anonymous
The Mission is ours to embrace. ~Steve
Please pray for my children. My son needs God in his life. My daughter has lupus and lymphoma. For my other daughter's education and a Catholic husband. Please pray for me and my husband, we care for my 93 year old mother.~Elvira
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Fr. John Mary's Sunday Homily
APRIL 2, 2023
To the world, Jesus’ death was like that of a “loser”. But then what happened?
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