Rays of Merciful Love Summer 2022

2 C E N A C L E S U P D A T E The Divine Mercy Cenacle of the Church of St. Patrick was pleased to host Dr. Bryan Thatcher on the Tuesday prior to Divine Mercy Sunday. More than 100 people attended from St. Patrick and surrounding parishes. As a result of Dr. Thatcher’s spiritual talk, 10 additional people joined our cenacle, bringing the total membership to 36. Our cenacle is devoted to prayer and education. At our meetings, we deepen our spiritual lives by using the cenacle lesson books as a guide and by bringing in speakers to deepen our learning. We have hosted a parishioner who had studied theology to talk about Divine Mercy Sunday. Two of our members pray at the bedside of the sick and dying. We would welcome nearby cenacle groups to have a periodic meeting together. Although we pray the Chaplet daily, we are always looking for ways to deepen our prayer life. Our pastor, Fr. Paul Nguyen, was thrilled with the response from attendees to Dr Thatcher’s Day of Reflection, and we are exploring ways to keep that momentum going and spread and live His message of mercy. Thank you, Dr. Thatcher! SARASOTA, FLORIDA Anna Mae Paladina wrote and told us: Father Paul Nguyen at the Day of Reflections conference. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we have 12 active cenacles at St. Margaret Mary, and have plans to start more. Over the years, 13 English cenacles and 11 Spanish cenacles completed Book 1-3 and beyond. Many Austin EADM members encouraged their parishes to pray CEDAR PARK, TEXAS Roni Cook wrote and told us: Group 12 after their induction ceremony on Divine Mercy Sunday. the novena from Good Friday to Divine Mercy Sunday. Some members distributed the pamphlets; others displayed the novena on Facebook pages; and Carol from St. William’s led prayer by Zoom. It was wonderful to realize that Linda, our newest St. Margaret Mary facilitator, composed with her sister inspirational Lenten parish bulletin announcements weekly by phone. Preceding Divine Mercy Sunday weekend Masses, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy was prayed at St. Margaret Mary. After 10:30 a.m. Mass, Group 12 was inducted, led by Deacon Dave Montoya and aided by Roni Cook, ministry leader, and Gigi Bost, facilitator. Two of our inductees returned to the U.S. from living in Italy and Mexico to complete their 50th lesson with Group 12. What a joy! Following the induction, Bryan led a private retreat/reflection, and then we went full speed ahead to a two-hour celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday. Bryan spoke on “Divine Mercy as a Way of Life.” Our Holy Hour consisted of music, including a Divine Mercy composition by Deacon Paul. Alejandra and Claudia prayed bilingual Mercy Stations during Adoration, and we all prayed the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Group 12 then had a wonderful dinner to celebrate. Anyone wishing to coordinate an informational meeting that shows participants how cenacles operate is welcome to contact [email protected] I would like to finish with a few words from the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska: “May the light of Your love Enlighten the souls in darkness; Grant that these souls will know You And, together with us, praise your mercy” (1217). A note from Dr. Thatcher: Roni and Inez Reyes have been so active in helping spread the growth of EADM and God’s mercy in Austin for many years. I cannot give them justice in this short write-up due to space limitations. There is so much going on with Divine Mercy in the Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio areas. Roni Cook, center right, and Dr. Bryan Thatcher with Spanish EADM ministry leaders: Claudia Eshelman and Ana Silverio. Ana is with Spanish radio station Radio Encuentro, and interviewed Bryan during his visit. This is Juanita from the EADM cenacle at St. Mark in Plano, Texas. The Spanish cenacle started about 12 years ago, and currently we have 24 cenacles in the Dallas area. We have been having a Divine Mercy conference usually yearly, coordinated by Fr. Ernesto Torres from Divine Mercy church in Mesquite, Texas. The cenacle members pray at the local abortion clinic, visit the sick, visit families to pray the Chaplet, celebrate the Divine Mercy Feast at PLANO, TEXAS Juanita Palma and Melba Chan wrote and told us: