On the 4th of March the global Catholic community will be united in”24 hours for the Lord”. This special time will be an opportunity to experience Christ in a new way – through Adoration, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and an open door in each of our churches.
In our schools there will be a special ‘Day of Mercy’ to tie in with these events and below are a number of resources to help you run engaging and meaningful activities for the young people in your schools.
There will also be a special live broadcast by Bishop Patrick to all young people on the morning of the 4th of March at 9:15am. Hopefully you’ll be able to incorporate this into your liturgies and acts of worship for the day. You can bookmark the broadcast link here and come back on the morning to tune in live.
If you are unable to join us live, Bishop Patrick has recorded this special message to all schools to be watch during the week leading up to the Day of Mercy. It’s a great way to understand what it’s all about.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a really important part of the ‘Day of Mercy’ but it can be a bit scary! The video below can be used t help explain exactly what goes on and hopefully make it all a bit easier!
There are also a number of resources which you can download below. These can be used throughout the day and contain a number of different workshops and liturgies.
As a minimum it is hoped that all schools can join in with the live broadcast and start the day with a liturgy to mark this global event. If you want to take things further then you could try and offer the chance for young people to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in your schools during the day and maybe try one of the workshops. If you’re feeling really adventurous you could try “Mercy Max” and suspend everything for the day and focus entirely on the Year of Mercy using the resources below – or some of your own. If you have any awesome ideas leave them as a comment below!
Opening Liturgy – Join with the Diocese and Bishop Patrick to mark the start of the ‘Day of Mercy’
Workshop 1 – ‘A Mug of Mercy’ – turn your school into a ‘Corporal Cafe’ where young people can discuss just what mercy means to them!
Workshop 2 – ‘Mercy Moves’ – A chance to explore mercy with a class, small group or entire year group! – Learn how to ‘Hot Seat’ and then use the powerpoint to run your own mercy moves to explore the Corporal works of mercy.
Workshop 3 – ‘A Minute for Mercy’ – a great competition to help spread the mission of mercy – winning entries will be featured on the site!
You can also download a special – ‘corporal works of mercy’ poster for your schools here: