Archbishop urges Faithful to experience God’s Mercy

MARGAO: Taking the help of a heroic witness of Blessed Rani Maria, a Martyr of the Catholic Church, Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão urged the faithful gathered to experience and witness to the mercy of God as individuals and families. Archbishop was delivering a homily at the Divine Mercy Sunday Eucharistic celebration held at the Carmelite Monastery Margao on Sunday evening. Fr. Joaquim Loiola Pereira (Secretary to Archbishop), Fr. Carmo Martins ( Parish Priest, Our Lady of Grace Church, Margao), Fr. Archibald Gonsalves (Superior, Carmelite Monastery, Margao), Fr. Sylvestre D'souza ( Secretary to OCD Provincial), and other priests concelebrated the Eucharistic celebration.

Archbishop Filipe Neri recalled the events in the history of salvation and said that God showed mercy towards His chosen people and sent his only son Jesus to continue His mercy. “ Jesus is the face of God’s Mercy.” Said Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão quoting Pope Francis. He said that prayer, Word of God and Sacrament of Confession will help the faithful to experience God’s Mercy and become merciful. He congratulated the Carmelites for promoting the devotion of Divine Mercy. He requested the Divine Mercy Parish/Chapel Groups to deepen the dimension of Mercy in their life

Fr. Mark Furtado OCD was the liturgical commentator. Participation of the representatives of the Divine Mercy Parish/Chapel groups added more meaning to the liturgy. Mementos were presented at the hands of Archbishop Ferrão to the Group representatives as a token of love and appreciation. Fr. Archibald Gonsalves OCD, Superior of the Carmelite Monastery, Margao proposed a vote of thanks. Adoration which was conducted by Divine Mercy Group of Our Lady of Remedies Church, Betalbatim, held before the thanksgiving Eucharistic celebration. Divine Mercy Sunday celebration was also held in all the Churches of the Archdiocese in the morning

It is recalled that Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão has asked and gave permission to the Carmelites in Goa to promote Divine Mercy Devotion in the Archdiocese of Goa Daman. Accordingly, a team of Carmelites Friars went to the parishes on request and explain the true meaning of the devotion and covering other themes relation to this devotion and formed 56 Divine Mercy Parish/ Chapel groups.

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