MISSION OF DIVINE MERCY
MISSION OF DIVINE MERCY
Please check this space for updates on our Mass Schedule. Any changes to our planned 8:00 AM Sunday Mass will be posted by 6:00 PM Saturday evening, at the latest.
No Saturday Masses throughout July. The Mission grounds are closed throughout July but the office is open during regular hours, Monday – Friday.
Saturday morning Mass will be held at St. Joseph Chapel, where the winter window walls have been removed. Anyone who arrives after the interior seating capacity is filled will be instructed to use the outdoor seats that will be arranged for proper social distancing. While it may not be possible to see clearly, the sound system will permit all individuals to participate in the Mass.
Please use this link to see the Archdiocesan guidelines for returning to Mass.
The Mission is not a parish; no one is required to attend Mass here.But if you wish to come here for Sunday Mass please be aware that:
If after reading all of the above, you still want to come to the Mission for Mass, we welcome you! We are sorry for the necessity of so many instructions, but the current situation demands it. We are just very grateful to be able to welcome people to celebrate Mass with us.
DAILY MESSAGES OF FAITH AND TRUST
We began offering the Daily Messages of Faith and Trust when the Mission had to be closed in compliance with the coronavirus regulations. It was our way of offering spiritual nourishment and encouragement during a difficult time. But the messages themselves are for all times. They are meant to help us grow in our Faith, so that God can act in our lives. We will continue to post them for the foreseeable future.
“Mankind will not have peace until it turns with trust to My mercy.”
The words of Jesus to St. Faustina
WE ARE THE MISSION OF DIVINE MERCY
We are a small Catholic monastic community in the Texas Hill Country. Through our life of prayer and through our retreats, we strive to bring God’s mercy and His messages of mercy to our suffering world. We invite you to visit the Mission.
Jesus, we trust in You.
A NEW WAY TO HELP THE MISSION
Almost all of MDM’s vehicles have come as gifts from friends of the Mission who donated their vehicle to us when they were ready to buy a new one. Our friends get a tax break and we get a reliable vehicle. We have been very fortunate this way.
But there have also been several individuals who wanted to donate a vehicle, when we had no need for one. And we have found that the process of a non-profit accepting a vehicle for the purpose of reselling it for cash is very problematic and complicated. This is discouraging for both parties.
However, we have just filed the paperwork with a nationwide program that will allow MDM to accept donated vehicles, without having to re-title them in MDM’s name and without paying any taxes on them. We will now be able to accept any and all vehicles, RVs, campers, boats, etc. that folks want to donate to the Mission. A third-party company will pick up the vehicles, auction them and pay us 85% of the net proceeds. That company will file all the paperwork and work with the donors.
Holy Angels, please protect what we hope will be a win/win for all!
HOLY SOULS MEMORIAL BRICKS
A devotion to the Holy Souls has been part of MDM’s ministry and spirituality from the beginning. We believe that the souls of those who have gone before us, whether in Purgatory or Paradise, are a strong intercessory force, and can be of great help to us. And if they are in Purgatory, it is our responsibility to work for their release through the offering of our prayers and Masses. Thus, between the Holy Souls and us is a relationship of profound mutual love and support.
We invite you to purchase a brick in memory of someone who has died. This is an act of love, respect and remembrance. Your brick will be part of a sacred space on consecrated ground.
Each 4×8 brick is priced at $350. The bricks allow for up to three lines of text and can accommodate 18-21 characters per line.
ALL RETREATS ARE CANCELLED UNTIL ANNOUNCED OTHERWISE
Retreat for Young Men
Encounter With Jesus – Men
APRIL 9 – 12
Cor Jesu – Women
The Mission is a monastery; it is consecrated ground; it is our Community’s home. We welcome anyone who wants to visit the Mission. We simply ask that they respect our request for clothing that is appropriate for a place consecrated to Our Lord and His Blessed Mother, and in coming to Mass that they dress in a manner that shows reverence for the occasion. Father wears his vestments, the altar servers put on their albs, and the congregation wears clothes that are appropriate for attending Mass.
BELOW THE KNEE
NO TANK TOPS
NO LOW-CUT NECKLINES
NO MID-THIGH HEMLINES
Also, be alerted that the Mission terrain is fairly rough and rocky, with few paved walk ways. Good walking shoes are helpful; high heels are not. We appreciate your help in making others aware of our request for appropriate dress while attending Mass at the Mission.
We think Our Lord appreciates it too.
I have to give some hard news about Holy Communion during this time of Covid concerns. We have just received clarified instructions from the Archdiocese. The Archbishop and his team have had to make hard decisions taking into account health concerns. We are acting in obedience to him. For the moment, we will not be able to distribute Holy Communion on the tongue.
I know for some of us, this is very hard…
You have of course the option to receive in the hand.
For those who choose not to, a decision I fully understand and appreciate, I want to recall the value of Spiritual Communion. We know that many elderly today do not have access to Holy Communion. And we know that throughout the history of the Church, many martyrs, imprisoned for their faith, and many persecuted Catholics, then and now, have not had access to Holy Communion.
It may help to remember also that many saints, for centuries, even when they could attend Mass, did not receive Holy Communion except a few times a year, out of a sense of reverence for the Blessed Sacrament.
I am not advocating that we return to that practice. But there is certainly a danger that our reception of the Body and Blood of our Lord become a routine that we take for granted. What is essential, even more than physical, sacramental reception, is faith and fidelity, as the examples mentioned above remind us. And He can fill us with His graces through Spiritual Communion also. He is not limited. So if you choose, you can make an act of Spiritual Communion, either coming forward for a blessing with your arms crossed, or remaining at your place.
At Fatima, when the angel appeared to the three children with the Blessed Sacrament, he spoke to them of the “outrages, sacrileges and indifferences with which (Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament) is offended,” and that in this Sacrament, He was “horribly outraged by ungrateful men.” And He asked the children to make reparation for these offenses.
If, for one reason or another we cannot receive Him as we wish, we can offer that as a sacrifice of reparation for these offenses. And pray for the renewal of the Church in the midst of this trial. We share in His Cross which leads to the Resurrection.
Jesus, we trust in You.