Saturday, April 11, 2015

Bulletin 251

SAINT AGNES CATHEDRAL 533 South Jefferson Springfield, MO 65806


CELEBRANT: Father Jeff Fasching

April 12, 2015

Low Sunday (Divine Mercy Sunday)

Epistle: 1 Jn. 5: 4-10
Gospel: Jn. 20: 19-31

Mon 13 -- No Latin Mass

Tue 14 – Saint Justin, Martyr

Wed 15 – Feria in Paschaltide

Thu 16 – Feria in Paschaltide

Fri 17 – Saint Anicetus, Pope & Martyr

The next potluck will be on Divine Mercy Sunday-April 12th.

A plenary indulgence is granted to those who take part in the prayers and devotions held in honor of Divine Mercy, or who, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed or in the tabernacle, recite the Our Father and the Creed, adding a devout prayer to the Merciful Lord Jesus (e.g., “Merciful Jesus, I trust in You!”).

If unable to get to church for the above, one may gain the same indulgence by reciting the Our Father and the Creed before a devout image of Our Merciful Lord Jesus Christ and, in addition, praying a devout invocation to the Merciful Lord Jesus (e.g., “Merciful Jesus, I trust in You!”).

Mercy is of the very essence of the redemptive incarnation of the priesthood of Jesus Christ. By its very nature, His priesthood is a work of mercy based on the covenant of mercy that God made with man. Christ brought God's gift of mercy to man, bringing forgiveness of sin by the Sacrifice of His own Body and Blood---a new and eternal covenant of God's merciful love.

We should be able to see the relationship between the Gospel and Divine Mercy. Listen to the words of Pope Benedict XVI from his Regina Caeli message on Divine Mercy Sunday in 2008: “Indeed mercy is the central nucleus of the Gospel message; it is the very name of God, the Face with which he revealed Himself in the Old Covenant and fully in Jesus Christ, the incarnation of creative and redemptive Love. May this merciful love also shine on the face of the Church and show itself through the sacraments, in particular that of Penance, and in works of charity, both communitarian and individual. May all that the Church says and does manifest the mercy God feels for man, and therefore for us…From Divine Mercy, which brings peace to hearts, genuine peace flows into the world, peace between different peoples, cultures and religions.”

Exploring Priesthood Weekend—April 17-19, 2015

Is a retreat designed to help men discern God's call to the diocesan priesthood. To be called by God to serve Him as a priest means to have one's soul stirred deep within. Throughout a weekend of prayer, discussion and group interaction, men begin to better understand God's movement in their life. Exploring priesthood weekends are held at Mundelein Seminary.

Discernment Retreat for College age men—April 24-26, 2015 at Meinrad Seminary in Indiana.

Encounter with God's call—April 18-20, 2015 at Conception Seminary College--for young men 16 and under who are considering a vocation to the priesthood.

For more information, please contact Fr. Patrick Nwokoye, Director of Vocation Promotion at 573-200-1814—email: or Fr. J. Friedel, Director of Vocations/Seminarians, at

In Christo Jesu et
Maria Immaculata,

Father Jeff Fasching