February 2, 2016 // Local

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With the announcement of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis implored Catholics across the world to consider how each one of us might enter into this Holy Year in a special way. We are encouraged to forgive, listen to God’s Word and practice the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. We are to consider a pilgrimage and engage in interfaith dialogue with our Christian brothers and sisters.

So how could a newspaper, Today’s Catholic, enter more fully into the Year of Mercy? The answer is pretty simple: It’s to tell your story of mercy. It may by the story of how you collected water to give to the thirsty, or perhaps how you helped to feed the hungry by supplying food for the youth retreat weekend at your parish. Maybe you were able to say the Divine Mercy Chaplet with the family at the bedside of a loved one who was dying, or perhaps you finally sought out that family member that you haven’t spoken to in years just to say, “I’m sorry.”

Your Catholic story of mercy may only be one story, but it is significant. Your story has the capacity to inspire and to encourage others. By telling these stories, Today’s Catholic has a great opportunity to not simply report on what happened, but to help others see the miracles and works of Christ’s mercy all around them. It is our hope that others will read these works of mercy and want to also enter in and create their own stories of mercy. So, read more about these works of mercy in Today’s Catholic feature Living the Year of Mercy. You can also find these stories through a special page at www.myyearofmercy.org.

In this week’s edition of the paper you will find an enclosed envelope for a financial contribution to Today’s Catholic. If you have donated before, I sincerely thank you for your generosity. Even through difficult economic times, you have been supportive of our work through your financial contributions and we are so grateful.

To all of our readers, I ask you to prayerfully consider a gift to Today’s Catholic. Every single gift enables our staff to continue to tell the stories of the Year of Mercy. Through your generosity, we are to produce the paper both in print and online at www.todayscatholicnews.org and look forward to the expansion of our reach through multiple sources. Thank you for helping us continue our work. Please enclose your gift in the envelope, or go online to donate electronically at the online giving page. While you are there, sign up to receive Today’s Catholic news through e-mail at the above link in the header. We thank you for your generosity.

Stephanie A. Patka
Secretariat for Communications

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