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A few days after this Lenten Stational Mass, on the feast
of the Chair of St Peter, February 22, the Pope will also
celebrate a special jubilee for the Roman Curia, the
Vatican Governatorate and the institutions linked to the
Holy See. We will pray for them.
4. In the Eastern deanery the fourth Stational
Mass will be held on Wednesday February 24
The parishes of
Light Gardens, Glen
Norwood, and the
five churches of the
Cathedral parish will gather at our host parish of Mt
Barker-Strathalbyn of Our Lady of Mercy Church, 7
Mann St, Mt Barker.
As the name of the Church at Mt Barker is Our Lady of
Mercy, it is most fitting that this Mass will have as its
theme Mercy in words and actions. As Pope Francis says:
“This expression impressed me so much that I chose it for
my episcopal motto.”
In this Mass the special invitation is to those who are
helping refugees and asylum seekers – such as St Vincent
de Paul workers who are an example to us of being
merciful like the Father. The St Vincent de Paul members
and others carry out the Corporal Works of Mercy: feeding
the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the poorly
clothed, sheltering the homeless, visiting the sick, visiting
the imprisoned and burying the dead.
After the homily, the Archbishop will call the St Vincent de
Paul members and others who minister to the poor and
needy for a special blessing. In his New Testament letter,
St James, responding to the problems of the early Church,
wrote: What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you
say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save
you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food,
and one of you says to them ‘Go in peace; keep warm
and have your fill’, and yet you do not supply their bodily
needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has
no works, is dead. (James 2: 14-7)
The Archbishop will urge those who are welcomed into
Full Communion of the Church, along with those of us
who are already members of the Church, to be mindful of
the Lord’s own emotions: seeing the crowds, Jesus felt
compassion for them (Mt 9:36); he fed the crowds (Mt
15:37); healed the sick (Mt 14:14); felt compassion for the
widow of Naim (Lk 7:15); after curing the demoniac, Jesus
says to him: Go home to your friends and tell them how
much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has
shown you (Mk 5:19); he looked at Matthew with merciful
love and chose him as a disciple.
5. In the Southern deanery the fifth Stational
Mass will be held on Friday February 26 at
Hallett Cove, St
Gardens, St Mary’s),
Kangaroo Island will
gather at our host
parish of St Joan of
Arc Church, 30 Seaview Rd Victor Harbor.
This leg of the pilgrimage in the Southern deanery will
celebrate the Mystery of Mercy and the Vigil to Dry Tears,
described as a vigil for all those who need consolation.
Pope Francis will preside over both the vigils in Rome, and
in solidarity, we will invite all those who have lost a dear
one in the previous year to join us for this Mass.
The universal prayers will focus on those who have lost
loved ones as we remember the Pope’s call to dry the
tears and to remember the Gospel of the Beatitudes we
will recall that Jesus said: Blessed are those who mourn...
Pope Francis asks us to be mindful of this in our daily
The Second Vatican Council described the Communion of
Saints in this way:
All of us in various ways and degrees, whare in the same
charity towards God and neighbour...All, indeed, who are
of Christ and who have his Spirit, form one Church and
cleave together in Christ. Therefore the union of wayfarers
with the brethren who sleep in the peace of Christ is in
no way interrupted, but on the contrary, according to
the constant faith of the Church, is strengthened by an
exchange of spiritual goods. (Lumen Gentium 49) It is our
heritage to pray for the dead.
6. In the North-eastern deanery the sixth
Stational Mass will be held on Tuesday
March 1 at 7.30pm.
Tranmere will gather
at our host parish
of St Joseph’s 484
Magill Rd Tranmere.
The theme of this
Mass will be the
spirituality of Divine Mercy. Christian spirituality is a way of
living out our faith in imitation of Christ as the highest ideal
and in imitation of his saints who incarnated the spirit of
Christ in their own culture and time.
The universal prayers will focus on the need we all have
Using the Gospel story of The Prodigal Son we see God
• a model of Divine Mercy
• as a model of forgiveness
• and a model of merciful as a Father
Pope Francis writes in Evangelii Gaudiem: “One form
of prayer moves us particularly to take up the task of
evangelisation and to seek the good of others: it is the
prayer of intercession. Let us peer for a moment into the
heart of St Paul, to see what his prayer was like, it was
full of people ‘...I constantly pray with you in every one of
my prayers for all of you...because I hold you in my heart’
(Phil 1:4,7). Here we see the intercessory prayer does
not divert us from true contemplation, since authentic
contemplation always has a place for others. (EG 281)”
In this we see an emphasis on the sacrament of
reconciliation or penance. All Candidates for Full
Communion celebrate this sacrament before being
received into the Church. We too are asked to participate
in this sacrament of forgiveness as part of our own
preparation for Easter.
The feast of Divine Mercy will be celebrated on the
second Sunday of Easter, drawing the Easter octave to
a close. On April 1, some Roman parishes will celebrate
a penitential rite, and the following day Pope Francis will
lead a prayer vigil in St Peter's Square.
After the homily at this Mass, the young people will be
asked to come forward for a special blessing by the
Archbishop, in keeping with the Pope’s own practice. The
youth are truly the ambassadors of Mercy for the world
they will inherit.
7. Our pilgrimage concludes in the Western
deanery where the seventh Stational Mass
will be held on Friday March 4 at 7.30pm.
from Albert Park-
Park, Flinders Park-
Beach, Le Fevre
Ottoway and Seaton
will gather at our
host church of Our
Lady of the Manger
at 176 Crittenden Rd, Findon.
The Lenten Stational Mass at this parish of Our Lady of
the Manger is particularly apt, as we will pray especially
to Mary who played such an essential role in the history of
Pope Francis says: With the Holy Spirit, Mary is always
present in the midst of the people. She joined the
apostles in praying for the coming of the Holy Spirit and
thus made possible the missionary outburst which took
place at Pentecost. She is the mother of the Church
which evangelises, and without her we could never truly
understand the spirit of the new evangelisation.
In Rome, the Pope will celebrate “24 hours for the Lord”,
concluding on March 4. This coincides with our Stational
Mass at Findon where we will have the theme of praying
with Mary the mother of Jesus. We will rejoice with Pope
Francis on this day, and while this concludes the Adelaide
pilgrimage of Lenten Stational Masses, the Year of Mercy
There will be a special invitation to all those who honour
Mary as our spiritual mother to come to the church at
Findon where they will be blessed by the Archbishop.
In particular the members of the Legion of Mary will be
Rite of Election and
New Catholics Masses
The Lenten Pilgrimage is linked to the journey of the RCIA
Catechumens and Candidates for Full Communion.
Archbishop Wilson will celebrate the Rite of Election Mass
on Sunday February 14 at 2.30pm in St Patrick’s Church,
Grote St Adelaide. He will also celebrate the Mass for
New Catholics on Sunday April 17 at 6pm in St Francis
The Gospel of this Mass is that of the Good Shepherd,
and the theme and logo of the Year of Mercy inspires all to
be thankful for Jesus the Good Shepherd.
Pope Francis writes in Evangelii Gaudiem: “In virtue
of their baptism all members of the People of God
have become missionary disciples (cf. Matt 28:19).
All the baptised, whatever their position in the Church
or their level of instruction in the faith, are agents of
evangelisation, and it would be insufficient to envisage a
plan of evangelisation to be carried out by professionals
while the rest of the faithful would simply be passive
recipients. Every Christian is challenged, here and now, to
be actively engaged in evangelization; indeed anyone who
has truly experienced God’s saving love does not need
more or lengthy training to go out and proclaim that love.
Our New Catholics should experience the joy of a
welcoming community as we all receive blessings from
Jesus the Good Shepherd. Meanwhile the Year of Mercy
continues and we strive to share our faith by showing the
mercy of God to others in everything that we do or say.
Br Patrick Cronin cfc
Office for Worship
February 2016 Page 13
Pilgrimage of Lenten Stational Masses
Our Lady of Mercy – Mt Barker
St Joseph – Kensington Gardens
St Joan of Arc – Victor Harbor
Our Lady of the Manger – Findon
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