Evening Prayer – Year of Mercy Closing
Friday, 04 November 2016 00:00

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FOR RELEASE Immediate DATE SENT November 4, 2016
SUBJECT          Evening Prayer - Year of Mercy Closing

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In December 2015 Pope Francis announced a Jubilee Year of Mercy to recall and remind the world of God’s loving and tender mercy.  The Year of Mercy officially began on December 8, 2015 and will conclude on Sunday, November 20, 2016 as the Catholic Church celebrates the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.  The motto and theme of this past year was taken from Gospel according to Luke – “Merciful like the Father.”  (Luke 6.36) as a reminder that God’s mercy has always been a part of human history from the time of Moses when God revealed himself as merciful and gracious, to the coming of Jesus Christ as the face of the God’s mercy.

In solidarity with the Holy Father and the Church throughout the world, the Diocese of Youngstown will celebrate the close of the Jubilee Year of Mercy with solemn Evening Prayer on Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at Saint Columba Cathedral.  The event is open to the public and parishioners throughout the Diocese are encouraged to embrace this opportunity and celebrate the closing of the Jubilee Year of Mercy.  This Evening Prayer Service will be taped and broadcast by CTNY – the Catholic Television Network of Youngstown – on Monday November 2, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 12:00noon.  The broadcast is available on various cable networks throughout the Diocese.  Please check local listings.

In declaring these past months as a Year of Mercy, Pope Francis asked that it be a time when all people of faith are mindful of God’s mercy and that they, in turn, give and offer that same mercy to one another