EADM Fall-Winter 20

2 C E N A C L E S U P D A T E Our Divine Mercy cenacle held its first formal meeting on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020, here at Immaculate Conception Parish in Dennison, Ohio. We are a parish in a small town that is composed of approximately 450 families. We are so excited! We believe this cenacle is the fruit of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some members of the cenacle are relatives and friends who started communicating during the pandemic via text messages, which were shared with 12 to 20 people. We would share beautiful reflections we had read that day, uplifting messages, saints of the day, prayer requests, as well as our hopes and fears. We were all searching for a deeper rela- tionship with God. Many of these messages were from the Divine Mercy Daily reflections that are emailed from the Marian Fathers at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy. Other members were also enriching their spiritual lives by completing the consecration in the book 33 Days to Greater Glory: A Total Consecration to the Father through Jesus by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC. When approached about beginning a cenacle of the Eucharistic Apostles of Divine Mercy at our parish, our young assistant priest, Fr. Tom Gardner, was enthusiastic and obtained permission from our pastor. During a Zoom meet- ing, I shared all of the information in the introductory envelope with Fr. Tom. We followed the format in the Becoming a Eucharistic Apostle booklet for start- ing a cenacle. Approximately 12 people attended the informational meeting in the caf- eteria. It was a mixture of men and women, from their 30s to over 80 years of age. These folks come from diverse backgrounds, and all are yearning to learn about the mercy of God. An additional three or four people were attempting to enter the meeting through Zoom. However, we were so excited about the in-person turnout that we forgot about letting the parishioners in on Zoom! DENNISON, O hio Barbara Ross wrote and told us: We have been blessed to partake in the Divine Mercy Cenacle group at St. Raphael Parish in Bay Village, Ohio. We have been in existence for over 4 years, and our group currently has 17 active members ranging from early 40s to early 80s in age. We have another 10 people who receive weekly emails and have been involved in the past. We are tremendously blessed because another cenacle group is currently starting in the evening at our parish, so we have one during the day and one at night. There are no words that can express the awe and gratitude we have for hav- ing received the grace to answer the call to be part of this cenacle of faith. Each individual has been guided to our small community through prayer, entering in God’s time. What has allowed our group to flourish so amazingly is our commit- ment to the Trinity, each other, trust in absolute confidentiality, and a burning desire to pray for much needed mercy in our own lives and the whole world. Faustina has been our guide through whom we learn how to live mercy and bring it to others. Each week we break open the Word, study the Catechism , and read the Diary . We answer the questions provided, sometimes adding our own as they pertain to the week’s theme. We have learned that each week doesn’t have to be completed in one session. As our love has expanded, so has our desire to share experiences of every aspect of our lives as they relate to the theme. Patience, acceptance of personal limitations, obedience, and humility are virtues we aspire to gain through perseverance in prayer and study of the formation manual. One of the works of mercy has been taking responsibility for leading others in gathering for teaching and praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet during the octave of Easter, culminating on Divine Mercy Sunday. We began by praying the Chaplet daily, but now have expanded our offerings to include prayers from St. Faustina’s Diary and teaching on her life and the life of St. John Paul II. During Lent, our group hands out 2-inch by 3-inch Divine Mercy prayer cards to every- one after one of the weekend Masses. One of the things we have been working on for over a year is formatting the Divine Mercy Image and Chaplet prayers for distribution into the area nursing homes that our parish serves. Our desire is to provide nursing home residents with the Chaplet and Image to spread the message of Divine Mercy and have it on something durable that can withstand liquid and/or food getting on it. To lessen the suffering of others during the Christmas season, we met to sign Christmas cards to bring to a nearby Catholic center where the homeless go to get warmth and a meal. Our group gathered and invited other parish ministry members to join us. We signed 273 cards that morning, and each card had a Divine Mercy 2-inch by 3-inch prayer card placed in it. Every person present signed each card. If a member couldn’t attend, she prayed during that time. It was a blessing for us to be part of the two-way street of mercy. In order to accomplish our task, we collected religious Christmas cards at the end of the Christmas season last year to prepare for the signing at the end of this year. The Holy Spirit guides all things. Moreover, our cenacle group attended the “Love and Mercy: Faustina” movie in October. It was great to be in community outside of our regular meetings. Our tickets were $10 each, and they were primarily paid through a gift card pre- viously received by one of our members. Each person in attendance paid the tick- BAY VILLAGE, OHIO Ann Marie Farr wrote and told us: et and processing fee. The money collected was then utilized for having Masses celebrated for priests. Then an extraordinary thing happened. Instead of 17 total Masses, our members opted to sacrifice more money, and we ended up with a total of 56 Masses to be celebrated! God multiplies love in amazing ways! The Holy Spirit is working and guiding us along the narrow path. Most recently, our group provided prayer cards of the Sacred Heart of Jesus with rays emanating from His Heart to the kids receiving First Reconciliation. The parents were offered different prayer cards: Mary, as the monstrance of Jesus, with golden rays throughout her whole being, further radiating outside of her. It was our privilege to spend time in Adoration throughout the day of Reconciliation pray- ing for the kids and their families. As we continue our journey in faith, we are very grateful to be able to meet each week in a community. When we learn of a funeral Mass being celebrated the day of our meeting, we pray the Rosary and Chaplet prior to the funeral. Our goal of self-giving love is shared with everyone through word, deed, and prayer. We pray for ourselves and the whole world to trust in Jesus and His never-ending love and mercy. And, of course, we pray through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who always leads us to the pierced side of Jesus to receive the Blood and Water He gave as a pure gift of love to each one of us. We thank God for the blessings to come this year and pray for all of you in your own journey back to Heaven.