Parish Missions & Retreats
Our parish missions are conducted at the invitation of the pastor or the bishop. The purpose of a mission is to assist the pastor in his ministry by our conferences, administration of the sacraments, and preaching the Word of God to the people of the parish. We seek to inflame all the members of the parish with the Infinite Love of Almighty God, and to call them to receive the Merciful Love of the Heart of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Generally speaking, our missions will run for five days. We begin by preaching at all of the weekend Masses, inviting the members of the parish to participate in the mission that week. The mission services themselves will begin on Sunday evening, usually with a Eucharistic Holy Hour and preaching before the exposed Blessed Sacrament. The mission services continue each evening through Thursday, usually with the Mission Conference in the context of either a Eucharistic Holy Hour or the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (at the discretion of the pastor). In some large parishes and other parishes with large populations of elderly persons or person who work in the evening, we will often give the mission talks twice each day — a morning or midday conference as well as the evening conference. The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is made available several times each day, including before and after the evening Mission Conference, so that all who wish to avail themselves of this great Sacrament of the Divine Mercy will have the opportunity to do so.
Persons who attend at least several of the mission services during the week, including the Closing Mass on Thursday, have the opportunity to receive a plenary indulgence, which remits all temporal punishment due to sin that the person has incurred to that point in his or her life. The requirements to receive this plenary indulgence are: attendance at Mass and reception of Holy Communion in the state of sanctifying grace; confession within eight days of the close of the mission; prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father (at least one Our Father and one Hail Mary); and detachment from all of one’s sins.
Our Community also conducts retreats for various groups of people: Mothers/Daughters; Women; Men; Married Couples; Families; Youth Groups; Legion of Mary groups; College students; Religious Communities, etc. These retreats may be one-day events, weekends, or other, longer, retreats. If you have a group that would like to arrange for a retreat, please contact us to inquire about availability of one of our missionaries. Please remember that we are often booked a year or more in advance, so short-term availability is often very limited!
Do you need a priest to promote perpetual Eucharistic Adoration and education?
— Promote and educate about Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration.
— Conduct a Eucharistic 40 Hours devotion.
— Conduct a week-long Eucharistic mission or retreat.
To Schedule a Parish Mission or a Retreat, Please contact our Mission Director.
The secondary apostolate of the Fathers of Mercy is the staffing of “small, preferably rural parishes.”
Our Congregation currently staffs four rural parishes in the Archdiocese of Louisville in the state of Kentucky:
St. Helen’s Church, Glasgow (Barren County), with it’s mission church, Our Lady of the Caves, Horse Cave (Hart County), have been under the pastoral care of our Community since 1952. In 2011, the Archbishop of Louisville asked our Community to take over the pastoral care of Holy Cross Church in Burkesville (Cumberland County) and Emmanuel Church in Albany (Clinton County). These four churches are located about one hour away from our Generalate, so the priests assigned to these parishes are able to visit the Community on their days off, and the Community is able to provide extra assistance when it is needed. The pastor of St. Helen’s and the other three parishes is Father Kenneth Soroko, C.P.M., and he is assisted by Father Ricardo Pineda, C.P.M. and Father Louis Caporiccio, C.P.M.
Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help
In 2011, The Fathers of Mercy were asked by Bishop David Ricken, of the Diocese of Green Bay, to staff the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in New Franken, WI. The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help is the only Vatican-approved Marian apparition site in North America. Fr. Peter Stryker, C.P.M., serves as the Rector of the Shrine, with Fr. John Broussard, C.P.M., serving as Chaplain. Please click here for more information on The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help.