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Works of Mercy

April 13, 2016 Works of Mercy

When Pope Francis declared this a year of Mercy he challenged all of us to be more merciful. In East Palo Alto, one parish priest was looking for a way to celebrate this year but to also dedicate “24 hours to the Lord.”

Father Larry Goode had this idea swirling around in his head but wasn’t sure if his parish would be interested. He decided to bring it up at the parish council meeting one evening and was shocked by the response.

“They all loved it.”

March 2, 2016 Works of Mercy

How is your parish celebrating the Year of Mercy?  Tell us your story with an email to

Parishes around the world are celebrating the Year of Mercy by examining the meaning of mercy and finding new ways to demonstrate mercy in the world.  St. Dominic’s, San Francisco, recently held a Jubilee Conference in response to this call.

February 18, 2016 Works of Mercy

Nestled under redwoods at the north entrance of the state Capitol, a bronze sculpture of three women commemorates the arrival of the Sisters of Mercy into the Sacramento area. For more than 150 years, they have brought hope and assistance to those in need. Their founder the Venerable Catherine McAuley founded the order in Dublin in the early 19th century.

February 11, 2016 Works of Mercy

Because We Are Catholic will focus on these works of mercy throughout the Jubilee Year of Mercy, highlighting a different one each month. 


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