Celebrate a Day of God’s Mercy and gain a Plenary Indulgence in the process on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 3, 2016, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm. You will have the opportunity to walk through the Holy Door of the Cathedral (desigated pilgrimage site), receive both the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Penance, and participate in a corporal work of mercy by helping to pack at least 10,000 meals as part of a Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Helping Hands project. And there is more! The day will include opportunities for people of all ages. Our diocesan “Day of Mercy” will be one of the epic events of the Jubilee Year. See the full list below for details. Bring your family and friends. The bigger the celebration, the better!
10 AM: Divine Mercy Sunday Mass (Cathedral)
11 AM – 1 PM: Lunch Served in Leifeld Hall (free will offering)
11 AM – 2 PM: Year of Mercy Activities
- CRS “Helping Hands” Food Packaging Project (Cafeteria) A true work of mercy, participants will “feed the hungry” by packaging at least 10,000 meals for the hungry in Burkina Faso, through CRS’s “Helping Hands” program. If you plan to help package, or want to participate but are unable to be present, consider helping us sponsor the meals we will package, which cost 50 cents apiece to purchase and ship. Meals can be sponsored by going to www.helpinghands.crs.org and clicking on “Find Your Event,” to buy meals for the Diocese of New Ulm's event. If the donations are great enough and soon enough, we could go to 20,000 meals instead. You can also donate directly to the Diocese if you identify your donation is to be used for the “Year of Mercy Fund”.
- Divine Mercy Film Screening (Holy Trinity Historic Auditorium, 11:45-1:45) This full-length documentary, The Original Image of Divine Mercy, features key witnesses to the mysterious case of a painting that survived the Soviet Occupation of Vilnius, with exclusive commentary by Bishop Robert Barron, George Weigel, Christoph Cardinal Schönborn of Vienna, Stanisław Cardinal Dziwisz of Kraków, Fr. Dwight Longenecker, Harry Connick Jr., Jim Gaffigan, Immaculee Ilibagiza, Archbishop Fisichella, and many others including a special footage with Pope Francis. It is being shown at private screenings throughout the country during this Year of Mercy.
- Open Gym with Sisters and Seminarians (NUACS gymnasiums) We’re not exactly sure what open gym has to do with mercy, because we’re not sure that the sisters or seminarians will show you any mercy! But this should be an unforgettable part of the Day of Mercy for youth and young adults who participate.
2-4 PM: Holy Hour with Confessions (Cathedral)
- Missionary of Mercy Fr. John Ubel has been specially commissioned by Pope Francis to extend the mercy of God through preaching and celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation throughout this Year of Mercy. He will preach the Holy Hour and hear confessions along with Bishop LeVoir and other priests of the diocese.
- Praise & Worship music will be provided by Kevin Losleben, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, and his talented team of musicians, who have been playing for our “Cor Jesu” youth events.
- Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed together at 3 PM.
- Solemn Benediction will be given by Bishop John LeVoir.