As adult members of our faith community, we know that we never stop learning about God, and that we continue our entire life to try to know Him better through prayer, study, and service. We have learned through experience that if faith is a relationship, it needs to be nourished like any other relationship. Our main goal in providing programs for all ages is to grow disciples for the Lord to go out and spread the gospel in our world today.
Religious Education Classes
Religious education classes for Pre-K through 8th grade are held on Wednesday nights from 6:00 p.m.-7:15 p.m. in the school. Student Registration packages are available in the Parish Office Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m as well as at the Information Station at the Narthex in the Church. Completed registration forms may be mailed to or dropped off at the Parish Office.
Vacation Bible School
We invite children from 4 years of age through 4th grade to attend this one week program held each year in June from 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Each day the children take part in fun, scripture-themed activities that help them connect their faith to their life. The décor, songs, and activities revolve around a different theme each year. High school students and adults are needed as volunteers, and must be fingerprinted through the Diocese of Orlando.
For information on any of the above contact Mary Frances Coburn at 321-452-5955, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Youth Ministry strives to connect with our young people in a way that fuels their passion for God, empowers them to live as disciples of Jesus Christ, draws them to responsible participation in the life, mission, and work of the Catholic church, and fosters the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person. EPIC is for Middle School students, and CIA is for High School students. For information contact LuAnn Maute at 321-452-0263.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults
The adult Catechumenate, also referred to as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), is a process to nurture and guide adults who are seeking information and ultimately initiation into the Catholic faith. The process is marked by numerous rites (ceremonies and celebrations) which take place during mass with the parish community.
The length of time to complete the process depends on each participant’s individual needs; however, conversion and initiation usually revolve around the liturgical calendar. The Easter season is the traditional time when adults are initiated into the faith through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist. After adults have been accepted into the Catechumenate, they are required to gather with the RCIA team weekly for instruction and spiritual formation, and to join together for communal prayer and reflection on the scriptures at Sunday Mass. Participants include catechumens (those who are unbaptized) and candidates (those who have been baptized in another Christian tradition or may have been baptized as Catholics but never practiced the Catholic faith).
RCIA does more than simply impart knowledge about the church. It seeks to welcome new members into the parish community. We share our experiences of living out our faith in the world.
For more information contact Mary Frances Coburn at 321-452-5955, or email@example.com.
Since the time of Jesus, who gathered a small band of twelve, small communities have been an important dimension of church life. Just as the early church kept the faith alive, we gather to pray, share faith, support one another, continue to learn, and reach out to others through Small Christian Communities.
At Divine Mercy we have small groups that assemble to explore several areas of our Catholic faith in addition to “The Great Adventure Bible Study” for larger group study held in the Dome on Monday evenings. If you have questions please contact Richard Herrick at 321-455-9401.
Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
During this year’s Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, many questions may arise regarding the conditions for obtaining the Holy Year Indulgence. Pope Francis has outlined the particular circumstances and conditions under which he wishes to grant the indulgence, and they are contained in his letter to Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, dated September 1, 2015, https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/letters/2015/documents/papa-francesco_20150901_lettera-indulgenza-giubileo-misericordia.html. We hope the following guidelines will assist, and answer any questions you may have.
Pope Francis said it was his “wish that the jubilee be a living experience of the closeness of the Father, whose tenderness is almost tangible, so that the faith of every believer may be strengthened, and thus testimony to it be ever more effective.” The Holy Father has instructed that special indulgences be available for the faithful through the duration of the year which ends on November 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.
Ways to obtain the Plenary Indulgence during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy designated by Pope Francis:
- For the Catholic community, Pope Francis said “To experience and obtain the Indulgence, the faithful are called to make a brief pilgrimage to the Holy Door, open in every Cathedral or in the churches designated by the Diocesan Bishop, and in the four Papal Basilicas in Rome, as a sign of the deep desire for true conversion.”
Bishop Noonan has decreed that the designated Holy Door for the Diocese of Orlando is located at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe. There are no other officially designated doors in the Diocese of Orlando. While many parish communities have created a “holy door” in their church as an observance and sign of the Jubilee of Mercy, and while they indeed serve as a powerful reminder of God’s mercy and the call to be “merciful like the Father,” they do not carry the indulgence.
Pope Francis said “It is important that this moment be linked, first and foremost, to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and to the celebrations with the professions of faith, and with prayer for me, and for the intentions that I bear in my heart for the good of the Church and of the entire world.”
- For those who are sick, elderly, alone, and confined to the home Pope Francis said “For them it will be of great help to live their sickness and suffering as an experience of closeness to the Lord who in the mystery of his Passion, death, and Resurrection indicates the royal road which gives meaning to pain and loneliness. Living with faith and joyful hope this moment of trial, receiving communion, or attending Holy Mass and community prayer, even through the various means of communication, will be for them the means of obtaining the Jubilee Indulgence.”
- For the incarcerated, whose freedom is limited Pope Francis said “The Jubilee Year has always constituted an opportunity for great amnesty, which is intended to include the many people who, despite deserving punishment, have become conscious of the injustice they worked, and sincerely wish to re-enter society and make their honest contribution to it…They may obtain the Indulgence in the chapels of the prisons. May the gesture of directing their thought and prayer to the Father each time they cross the threshold of their cell signify for them their passage through the Holy Door, because the mercy of God is able to transform hearts, and is also able to transform bars into an experience of freedom.”
- For the Catholic community, Pope Francis said “I have asked the Church in this Jubilee Year to rediscover the richness encompassed by the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. The experience of mercy, indeed, becomes visible in the witness of concrete signs as Jesus himself taught us. Each time that one of the faithful personally performs one or more of these actions, he or she shall surely obtain the Jubilee Indulgence.”
- For the deceased, Pope Francis said “Furthermore, the Jubilee Indulgence can also be obtained for the deceased…as we remember them in the Eucharistic celebration, thus we can, in the great mystery of the Communion of Saints, pray for them, that the merciful Face of the Father free them of every remnant of fault, and strongly embrace them in the unending beatitude.”