Reflections on the Year of Mercy
Consider writing out some of your reflections on the Year of Mercy here!
On Tuesday, December 8th 2015, Pope Francis commenced the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the Catholic Church.

It is a special time of grace, which invites the entire human family to ponder upon the mercy of God made visible to all of us in the life and the teachings of Jesus Christ. Pope Francis encourages us, to pray with intensity, to be spiritually renewed, to forgive others in our lives and if necessaryto ask forgiveness from others, to be constantly open to the gift of Divine Mercy in our lives, and to practice the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy* on a daily basis.

The experience of God's mercy becomes especially visible through concrete deeds that we are called to undertake as faithful followers of Christ, whose entire life has been the example of the Father's merciful reaching out to the wandering humanity. Its pivotal moment, the climax of God's mercy for humanity, took place during the passion, death and resurrection of Our Lord. From this, the river of grace continues to flow on throughout the centuries, especially through the celebration of the Eucharist and other sacraments. 

The celebration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy will end on November 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. May this sacred time of grace inspire us to listen more carefully to God's loving words, to accept God's transforming mercy into our lives, and to make an effort to become the apostles of Divine Mercy in our families, communities, cities, countries, and the world. 

Fr. Wojciech Oleksy

*Works of Mercy
The Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy are actions we can perform that extend God's compassion and mercy to those in need.

Corporal Works of Mercy
The Corporal Works of Mercy are these kind acts by which we help our neighbors with their material and physical needs.

To Feed the Hungry
To Give Drink to the Thirsty
To Clothe the Naked
To Shelter the Homeless
To Care for the Sick
To Visit the Imprisoned
To Bury the Dead

Spiritual Works of Mercy
The Spiritual Works of Mercy are acts of compassion by which we help our neighbors with their emotional and spiritual needs.

To Counsel the Doubtful
To Instruct the Ignorant
To Convert Sinners
To Comfort the Sorrowful
To Forgive Offenses
To Bear Wrongs Patiently
To Pray for the Living and the Dead

Drama Club:
Dreaming is Believing!
Two shows:
Friday, December 11, 7pm
Saturday, December 12, 2 pm
Hear numbers for Wicked, Pippin, Elf the Musical and student-written scenes base on a Christmas Carol!

Christmas Tree Lot is OPEN!
Weekdays 11 am - 8 pm
Weekends 9 am - 8 pm
Our last day is Monday, December 14!
Giving Tree
Gifts are due on Saturday, December 12 at 12 pm!
If you haven't yet taken a tag, there a few left!
St. Josaphat Christmas Music CD!
O Come All Ye Faithful and Have yourself a Merry Christmas! 
Buy a christmas cd after mass by the piano: $10 ($5 for each subsequent CD; cash or personal check accepted).
Advent Reconciliation Service
Sunday, December 20, 3 pm
Parish Christmas Concert
Sunday, December 20, 5 pm