On Sunday 20 November, the Solemnity of Christ the King, the Sacred Heart parish in Morriston, Swansea celebrated a wonderful Mass and final pilgrimage to mark the end of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.
In the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis asked us all to contemplate God’s abundant love and to bring mercy to our common home. It was an invitation to draw closer to Jesus who is “the face of the Father’s mercy” Misericordiae Vultus #1.
Many people had made a pilgrimage to the Holy Doors of Mercy in the Diocese of Menevia at Cardigan, Carmarthen and Swansea, walking through the Holy Doors and undertaking corporal and spiritual acts of mercy.
By drawing closer to God in prayer and through undertaking acts of mercy, we hope to share God’s transforming love with every person and creature, especially those who are living in poverty.
Fr Jason’s parish had certainly embraced this call to action.
A packed congregation joined in the Act of entrustment and consecration of The Sacred Heart parish to the Divine Mercy by sharing a prayer which was printed on the Mass sheet. We all also witnessed the enrolment of over twenty children who are preparing for their First Holy Communion next year.
The singing and music in Sacred Heart is beautifully prepared.
At the conclusion of Mass, Fr Jason invited the congregation to follow, in procession, with the Lampedusa Cross to the parish centre where we all enjoyed welcome refreshments and a very professional Youth presentation on Lourdes.
Members of the Youth group who are hoping to go on pilgrimage to Lourdes with the Welsh National Pilgrimage were selling cakes, jams and Christmas gifts to raises funds for their trip.
The enthusiasm and joy of the young people involved was an uplifting way to bring the Year of Mercy to a close.