Divine Mercy Cenacle
In June 2010, a core group of men and women from the parish assembled at St. Andrew the Apostle to form a Chapter of the Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy, a Lay Outreach Ministry of the Congregation of Marians of the Immaculate Conception. The Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy, under the patronage of “the Entirely Perfect Virgin, Holy Mary” of Guadalupe, is a Roman Catholic, non-profit lay outreach ministry of the St. Stanislaus Kostka Province of the Congregation of Marians of The Immaculate Conception B.V.M., headquartered in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A. Our Mission:
- To profess and proclaim the truth of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist, and to promote, insofar as possible, Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament and praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet for the dying;
- To bring to a hurting world the Divine Mercy Message and Devotion according to the revelations granted to the Church through Saint Faustina Kowalska;
- To form small faith groups, called cenacles, which meet;
- To pray for and encourage vocations to the priesthood and the religious life;
- To pray and work for an end to the scourge of abortion in the world;
- To experience the splendor of our Catholic Faith through the study of Sacred Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the Diary of Saint Faustina Kowalska;
- To encourage members in the exercise of the Faith through the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, and to help people to become sensitive to the gift and beauty of all life, especially through care for the “lepers” of today – the rejected, the lonely, the disabled, the elderly, and the dying.
May all who need healing come to the Merciful Physician. As Eucharistic Apostles of Divine Mercy, we learn about God’s message of Divine Mercy to this fallen and hurting world in which we live.
We follow the Formation Guidelines from the Cenacle Formation Manuals, which have weekly lessons and specific readings from which we read and relate them to our own lives, struggles, and spiritual walk.
As stated about in the Mission Statement, these include readings from the Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, “Divine Mercy in My Soul”, readings from Scripture, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
We begin our monthly gatherings with short video teaching by Dr. Bryan Thatcher, founder and Executive Director of the Eucharistic Apostles of Divine Mercy, and Fr. Roasch.
After 20-30 minutes of group discussion, we return to the main church to finish our praise, worship and Adoration of Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament which includes recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and intercessory prayers for the world.
We meet every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 7-8:30pm in Room A at St. Andrew the Apostle.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near
Cenacle Members Are Asked To:
- Come Prepared! (Do the readings beforehand).
- Presenters include Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, so members better understand the Faith. The cenacle discussion should involve dialogue between members, and not be a lecture.
- Persevere! Attend the groups regularly. God will reward you for your efforts.
- The Prayers of Gratitude following the opening song are prayers of thanksgiving. Prayers of Petition, asking God for certain favors, are to follow the group discussion.
- Community is built by calling and meeting members outside of the cenacle meetings, especially when reaching out to others in need.
- After three to six months of meetings, pray and discuss with your parish priest about corporal and spiritual works of mercy the group can do to build up your local Church, with a focus on the marginalized of today.
To learn more about the Divine Mercy message or if you are interested in becoming a Eucharistic Apostle of The Divine Mercy, please join us at St. Andrew's in Room A on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 7-8:30 pm. All new comers are welcome and we look forward to your joining us.