Lent & the Year of Mercy

Fr. Ed Hauf, OMI, spoke with Kathy Tragos, Director of the New Evangelization at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Helotes, Tx, about the special significance of Lent during the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

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The Tobit Ministry

Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox hosted guest Paul Vance, founder of The Tobit Ministry of San Antonio.

This unique ministry devotes itself to the reverential burial of men and women who were homeless and have no other options provided by family or friends. Through contact with various ministries to the homeless, the Tobit Ministry responds to the death of those who live on the streets by facilitating the burial of those individuals in a dignified manner, respecting in each their particular faith and culture. The Tobit Ministry seeks out partnerships with individuals and organizations concerned with the most poor in our community.

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The Jubilee Year of Mercy

“Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith. Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus of Nazareth, reaching its culmination in him. The Father, “rich in mercy” (Eph 2:4), after having revealed his name to Moses as “a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Ex34:6), has never ceased to show, in various ways throughout history, his divine nature. In the “fullness of time” (Gal 4:4), when everything had been arranged according to his plan of salvation, he sent his only Son into the world, born of the Virgin Mary, to reveal his love for us in a definitive way. Whoever sees Jesus sees the Father (cf. Jn 14:9). Jesus of Nazareth, by his words, his actions, and his entire person reveals the mercy of God.”

With these words, Pope Francis initiated the Jubilee Year of Mercy. It was a year in which the whole Church turned its eyes to the merciful heart of the Father, as revealed in Christ. Click here to read the full Bull of Indiction of the Year of Mercy, Misericordiae Vultus.

During this Jubilee Year, opportunities to receive a plenary indulgence were offered throughout the worldwide Church. A plenary indulgence is a full remission of the temporal consequences of sin. Sin not only makes us guilty, for which we need forgiveness, it also distorts the soul and disrupts our relationship with God. Even after being forgiven for our sins, the effects of sin usually require time be purified. After death, the process of purification usually continues in Purgatory before we can enter into Heaven. Indulgences remit the time required of us in Purgatory. A plenary indulgence eliminates all of the time in Purgatory required of us.

One condition for receiving a plenary indulgence during the Jubilee Year of Mercy was to pass through a Holy Door, signifying a passage from the darkness of sin to the light of grace. Holy Doors have been appointed throughout the world, with many in San Antonio! The following is a list of San Antonio Archdiocesan parishes with Holy Door. Click here for more information on Holy Doors in the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

1. San Fernando Cathedral
2. Holy Trinity Church
3. St. Anthony Mary Claret Church
4. St. John Neumann Church
5. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower
6. Holy Name Church
7. St. Vincent de Paul Church
8. San Juan de Los Lagos Church
9. Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church
10. Sacred Heart Church
11. St. Joseph Church
12. St. Andrew Church
13. Sts. Peter and Paul Church
14. St. Mary Magdalene Church
15. Mission San José
16. St. George Maronite Church

Padre Pio in the Year of Mercy

During the Year of Mercy, we hosted Fr. Patrick A. Martin who leads the Padre Pio Prayer Group at the Shrine of St. Padre Pio in San Antonio, Texas, to speak about St. Pio of Pietrelcina and the mercy of God.