At St. Luke's Mission of Mercy this is our Feast Day. Our community of lay missionaries, the Servants of Divine Mercy, are committed to the performance of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy under the patronage of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska. On Divine Mercy Sunday we renew our promises (as lay Servants we do not take vows) of poverty, chastity, obedience, mercy and charity. There are presently 14 lay Servants of Divine Mercy who make these promises. We also have an Associate program, which numbers over one hundred, who make a simple pledge to model the spirituality of the lay Servants and to assist us in the day-to-day tasks of the Mission. Our wonderful Junior Associates are high-school aged and follow a modified rule.
The Mission is like a mini-city! We have a full-service church with daily mass, RCIA, religious education, and adoration. Our chaplain is Father Jack Mattimore, SJ. Our school building has three uses: the kitchen serves two meals a day to as many as 650 individuals daily. The first floor is termed "the Mission Mall" and houses a food pantry, a baby supply room, and rooms with clothing for men, women and children, as well as household supplies. The upper floor is used for our school, Pre-K to 8th grade. The former Rectory is a home for men in recovery. The former convent houses men in various stages of addiction and recovery, as well as for emergency housing for men. We own many homes in the area, and have specialized homes for teen boys mandated for supervision by the courts, a home for women and children, and homes for refugees and homeless families.
This day is one of great joy for us as we celebrate the great mercy of our Lord. Fr. Mark Noonan, who lived at the Mission for a time during his discernment prior to ordination, delivered a beautiful homily on the nature of Divine Mercy during the Divine Mercy Novena this week. He described it as "the depths of the heart of God", that thing in the very depths of God's heart, that is our gift, undeserved but poured out freely, that calls us to be one in Him. Today we celebrate mercy, "miseracordia", the depths of the heart of God, given to us through the Passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the call to bring that Mercy to those we serve. It is a great day!
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God bless you!