A Year of Mercy in Broken Bay

There are many ways to be involved in the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the Diocese of Broken Bay. 

Celebrating ‘24 Hours for the Lord’ with Adoration and the Sacrament of Penance

On Friday 4 March - Saturday 5 March 2016, parishes in the Diocese and around the world will participate in 24 hours of time with the Lord in prayer, reflection, Eucharistic adoration and the Sacrament on Penance. Open to all, our churches will be a concrete sign of mercy and welcome to all people. Indeed, every person is invited to take this opportunity for a renewed encounter with Christ. Adoration provides a privileged place for spending time with Christ as with a friend, with whom we can speak heart-to-heart.

Likewise, the Sacrament of Penance invites us into the very heart of the experience of the mercy of God. As Pope Francis states,

“When faced with the gravity of sin, God responds with the fullness of mercy. Mercy will always be greater than any sin, and no one can place limits on the love of God who is ever ready to forgive” (MV, 3).

Let’s be encouraged by these words to approach this Sacrament with courage and trust during this Year of Mercy. This Sacrament will be made available at other special times throughout the Jubilee Year.


Resources for '24 Hours for the Lord'

This time devoted to the Lord could include Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, Sacrament of Penance, Penitential Liturgy, Liturgy of the Hours, Stations of the Cross, Sacrament of Anointing, praying the Rosary, or praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

Calling Youth and Young Adults to become ‘Ambassadors of Mercy’

During this Holy Year, the youth of the world are called to gather in Krakow, Poland, for World Youth Day 2016, July 25-31. The theme of WYD 2016 is “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Matt 5:7), making the gathering a Jubilee of Youth.


Become a part of our WYD social media campaign with the hashtags #bemerciful and #DBBWYD, where we will break open the themes of WYD and explore what it means to be merciful like the Father.

As pilgrims prepare for their WYD journey, there will be a gathering for formation and fellowship on Palm Sunday, 20 March, which is also recognised as the day to celebrate WYD within local dioceses. This gathering with Bishop Peter will be an opportunity to experience elements of WYD, with music, prayer and 'Bishop’s Catechesis’. Join us at the Edmund Rice Centre, Russell Drysdale Street, East Gosford, from 11:30am where we will also draw the winners of our WYD Raffle - who will win the car?!

Join us for our post-WYD festival on 2 September 2016, commencing at 6:00pm, where we will once again experience the major elements of WYD, this time through the stories of returning pilgrims.

Throughout the year at Praise and Worship nights, as well as Young Adult Pub nights, we will continue to open up the theme of the Year of Mercy and how it can be lived out by young people in their daily lives. For more information, visit www.dbb.org.au/youth  

Reflections on Mercy

The Consistent Ethic of Life: A Conversation with Sr Helen Prejean

Sr Helen is a prominent defender of life, ministering to men and women on death row in the U.S. and challenging the death penalty, as portrayed in the 1995 film “Dead Man Walking”. Sr Helen will be joining us live from New Orleans via Skype to speak on the topic “The Consistent Ethic of Life” which centres on the Church’s pro-life perspective at all stages in the human lifecycle, from birth to natural death. In conversation with Fr David Ranson VG, a focus of the discussion will be on the mercy of God, and how we can show God’s merciful face to others.

This event will be held at The Light of Christ Centre, Waitara, in May 2016.

Reflections on Mercy: A Lectio Divina for the Jubilee Year of Mercy

A Lectio Divina booklet and digital resource will be produced for Lent 2016 offering reflections on the theme of mercy, centred in a particular way on the scripture readings of the Lenten season. These readings from the Year C calendar provide the ideal input for reflection in this Jubilee Year, including, for example, the parable of the Prodigal Son in Week 4. Hardcopy booklets will be distributed to all parishes of the Diocese to facilitate ease of use by individuals and small groups.This resource is also available online on the following link:

Reflections on Mercy: A Lectio Divina for the Jubilee Year of Mercy 

Works of Mercy

As disciples of Jesus, we also are called to be merciful. The Church speaks of the following ‘Works of Mercy’:
Corporal: Feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, visit the imprisoned, bury the dead. (cf Matt 25:35-36)
Spiritual: Admonish the sinner, instruct the ignorant, counsel the doubtful, comfort the sorrowful, bear wrongs patiently, forgive all injuries, pray for the living and the dead.


CatholicCare provides a wide range of programs to assist children, young people, individuals and families of the Diocese. In this Year of Mercy, there are many ways that volunteers can be agents of mercy among those in need in our community, including assisting at weekly Disability Futures Recreational Programs, and community visitation. The December edition of Broken Bay News will highlight 12 different opportunities to be involved.

For further information, please contact Anna Brown, CatholicCare Communications, 9481 2680 or anna.brown1@dbb.org.au

St Vincent de Paul Society

A number of volunteering opportunities are available through SVdP that can make a real difference in assisting disadvantaged people in our community. These include the Vinnies food van; assisting at Kids Camps and Buddies Days; offering recreational activities (music, sport); food drives; sleep outs; and charity days. For further information, contact the SVdP Broken Bay Diocesan Office on 9415 1492.

Jubilee Mass for Workers and Volunteers of Mercy

Bishop Peter A Comensoli will celebrate a Mass of thanksgiving for people across the Diocese who in some way are active in revealing the merciful face of Christ to others in need. All are most welcome to attend, with a particular invitation extended to those undertaking such work, for example, members of the St Vincent de Paul Society, workers and volunteers with CatholicCare, prison and hospital chaplains, and volunteer pastoral care workers. This Mass will be held in September 2016.

World Day of Migrants and Refugees

To be celebrated on 28 August 2016, World Day of Migrants and Refugees will take as its theme, “Migrants and Refugees Challenge Us. The Response of the Gospel of Mercy.” Resources are available to mark this occasion, as an opportunity to reflect and reveal the merciful face of the Father to refugees and asylum-seekers in our community and world.


"Migrants are our brothers and sisters in search of a better life, far away from poverty, hunger,
exploitation and the unjust distribution of the planet’s resources which are meant to be
equitably shared by all. Don’t we all want a better, more decent and prosperous life to share
with our loved ones?"  Pope Francis

Nurturing Faith in Families: Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy

This resource "Living Mercy in Families" offers suggestions for practicing the corporal and spiritual works of mercy as lived and experienced in the context of family, neighbours, community and beyond, and showing that it is often in the ordinary, routine activities of family life that holiness can be found. It is available on the Year of Mercy page at www.dbb.org.au/yearofmercy

Catholic Schools Office

The Catholic Schools Office will publish a beautifully illustrated booklet, Rivers of Joy - Streams of Mercy, for our teachers and parents. This booklet will offer a range of inspiring and practical ways to celebrate and embrace the Year of Mercy in our schools and homes. It will include prayers, scripture reflections, pilgrimage ideas and liturgies to open the minds and hearts of our students and their parents.

The Catholic Schools Office also has a website with interesting ideas about ways to celebrate the Year of Mercy with our students: http://godsmissionjoyofthegospel.weebly.com/schools.html

Catechesis on Themes of Mercy

Broken Bay News Articles

Each issue of our Broken Bay News throughout the Jubilee Year will include feature articles which will allow readers to reflect further and deepen their understanding of the varied aspects of ‘mercy’. The magazine will be issued in hardcopy to parishes and schools of the Diocese, and made available online at www.dbb.org.au

Catholic Diocese of
Broken Bay

Building 2, 423 Pennant Hills Road
Pennant Hills NSW 2120

PO Box 340
Pennant Hills NSW 1715

Phone 02 9847 0000
Fax 02 9847 0001

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