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Year of Mercy

December 8, 2015–November 20, 2016

Year of Mercy

Pope Francis has declared an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. This Holy Year of Mercy began December 8, 2015, the feast of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council. It will close November 20, 2016, the Feast of Christ the King. This year’s motto is “Merciful Like the Father.”

Sometimes, when we think of the word mercy, we picture someone throwing themselves on their knees before a cruel villain, pleading to be spared some punishment. This is not our understanding of God’s mercy. We do not ask for God’s mercy because we are afraid of incurring his wrath as punishment for our sins. Rather, when we call on God to have mercy, we are calling on God in the only way we know him—as one who responds with compassion to those in need. When we show mercy to others, we are responding as God responds, with compassion.

Year of Mercy BLMs

Primary Grades

Intermediate Grades

Junior High

Moments of Mercy E-mail Series

Reflect on feast days and saints of mercy through this Jubilee Year in the Moments of Mercy series. Messages are based in Scripture and include the words of Pope Francis and suggestions for actions and prayers.

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Moments of Mercy is written by James Campbell, editor of The Joy of Discipleship by Pope Francis.


Pope Francis on the Parable of the Merciful Father

Understanding and Praying with the Parable of the Forgiving Father

Divine Mercy Sunday

Works of Mercy

A Source of Reconciliation and Joy: The Sacrament of Penance

How to Cultivate a Forgiving Spirit in Your Home (PDF)

Cómo cultivar el espíritu de perdón en el hogar (PDF)

Family Stories: Forgiveness Given

Historias de familia: El perdón Dada

Family Stories: Forgiveness Received

Historias de familia: El perdón Recibido

Works of Mercy Activities

Works of Mercy Prayers and Activities Packet

Corporal Works of Mercy and Our Neighbors

They’ll Know I’m a Christian

Works of Mercy Charts

Works of Mercy Tableau

Corporal Works of Mercy Movie Trailers


Mercy and Forgiveness Activities

Band-Aid of Love

Forgive Us Our Trespasses

Forgiveness Acrostic

Forgiveness Chain

How Would God Advertise?

Jesus Forgives Game

Lamb of God

Letter to God

My Peace Prayer Mobile



3-Minute Retreat: The Good Shepherd

3 minutos de retiro: El Buen Pastor

3-Minute Retreat: Seek and Save

3 minutos de retiro: Buscar y salvar

3-Minute Retreat: Celebrate Forgiveness

3 minutos de retiro: Celebra el perdón

Prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee

Oración del jubileo del Papa Francisco

Reflection on Titian’s “Christ and the Good Thief”

Reflection on Rembrandt’s “The Return of the Prodigal Son”

Reflection on Palma il Vecchio’s “Christ and the Adulteress”

Mercy, Lord (Video)



The Church of Mercy

The Church of Mercy

Pope Francis, Paperback
In The Church of Mercy, readers get a first-hand look at Pope Francis’s vision of the good news of Christian hope and mercy.

The Church of Mercy: Discussion Guide

Discussion Guide for The Church of Mercy

The Church of Mercy Discussion Guide is broken down into ten parts, each with questions that focus on ideas, statements, and quotes from The Church of Mercy.

Mercy in the City

Mercy in the City

Kerry Weber, Paperback
A young, single woman lives a "regular" life amid the daily pressures of New York City while also living a life devoted to service and practicing real works of mercy in a meaningful manner.

Luke: The Good News of God’s Mercy (Six Weeks with the Bible)

Luke: The Good News of God’s Mercy (Six Weeks with the Bible)

Kevin Perrotta, Paperback
Jesus invites us to discover who he is, and what it means to follow him.

Lucas: La Buena Nueva de la misericordia de Dios (Seis semanas con la Biblia)

Lucas: La Buena Nueva de la misericordia de Dios (Seis semanas con la Biblia)

Kevin Perrotta, Paperback
En el Evangelio de San Lucas descubrimos que la necesidad más grande de alguien que conoce a Jesús es el abrir sus ojos a las verdaderas necesidades.

Luke: The Good News of God’s Mercy (Six Weeks with the Bible for Catholic Teens)

Luke: The Good News of God’s Mercy (Six Weeks with the Bible for Catholic Teens)

Kevin Perrotta,Gerald Darring, Paperback
In Luke's Gospel, we will see that the greatest need of some who meet Jesus is to have their eyes opened to their real need.