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With you, O Lord
composed by bishop paul bird cssr


Year of Mercy With You O Lord Lyrics - free to use

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Year of Mercy With You O Lord Music - free to use

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Misericordes sicut Pater!

Misericordes sicut Pater!                                          [cf. Lk 6,36]
                                                                                    [motto of the Jubilee]


1. Give thanks to the Father, for He is good

     in aeternum misericordia eius                                  [cf. Ps 135/6]

He created the world with wisdom

     in aeternum misericordia eius

He leads His people throughout history

     in aeternum misericordia eius

He pardons and welcomes His children                         [cf. Lk 15]

     in aeternum misericordia eius


2. Give thanks to the Son, Light of the Nations

     in aeternum misericordia eius

He loved us with a heart of flesh                                     [cf. Jn 15,12]

     in aeternum misericordia eius

As we receive from Him, let us also give to Him

     in aeternum misericordia eius

Hearts open to those who hunger and thirst                   [cf. Mt 25,31 ff.]

     in aeternum misericordia eius


Misericordes sicut Pater!

Misericordes sicut Pater!


3. Let us ask the Spirit for the seven holy gifts

     in aeternum misericordia eius

Fount of all goodness and the sweetest relief

     in aeternum misericordia eius

Comforted by Him, let us offer comfort                            [cf. Jn 15,26-­27]

     in aeternum misericordia eius

Love hopes and bears all things                                       [cf. 1Cor 13,7]

     in aeternum misericordia eius


4. Let us ask for peace from the God of all peace

     in aeternum misericordia eius

The earth waits for the Good News of the Kingdom          [cf. Mt 24,14]

     in aeternum misericordia eius

Joy and pardon in the hearts of the little ones

     in aeternum misericordia eius

The heavens and the earth will be renewed                        [cf. Ap 21,1]

     in aeternum misericordia eius


Misericordes sicut Pater!

Misericordes sicut Pater!


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The official hymn, "Misericordes sicut Pater!" (Merciful, As Your Father!) was written by Eugenio Costa SJ and composed by Paul Inwood.  The hymn has been made available by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelisation.



Year of Mercy Prayer Poster

Year of Mercy Prayer Poster

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24 Hours for the Lord - March 4 & 5, 2016

Click here for information from Bishop Paul regarding "24 Hours for the Lord".


Year of Mercy Candles and Pull-up Banners

Click here for information on ordering candles and banners.


Penitential Service

Click here for a  Penitential Service and suggested homily for the Jubilee Year of Mercy (without a priest).

Click here for Penitential Service and suggested homily for the Jubilee Year of Mercy (with a priest).



"Meditations on the Creed:  'I Believe…Help my Unbelief'":  The Melbourne Archdiocesan Office for Evangelisation has produced a new resource which provides an opportunity to reflect on the words in our Creed - the summary of our Catholic beliefs - in the context of the contemporary world.  Each of the 22 articles is followed by questions for personal or group enrichment.  This could be used as Year of Mercy reflections or even as part of RCIA and is suitable for parish or classroom use, with small or large groups, within one or over several session.  Copies can be downloaded from their website. 


Praying the Psalms of Mercy:  Continuity and Discontinuity:    Sr Veronica Lawson rsm has written an article for the American National Association of Pastoral Musicians Magazine, "Pastoral Music" March 2016.  Click here to read the article.


(Gather, Proclaim, Break,GPBS Send) Mercy Cards:  Prayer, Scripture, discussion starters, reflective questions, song suggestions, a call to action (for parish meetings and groups, children's catechesis and home activities, school assemblies, classroom and staff.  Click here link.


A Spirit of Mercy: Reflections on the Works of Mercy:  In this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis calls us to conversion in our own lives so that we can be and bring the face of God’s mercy to the world. This booklet contains a series of reflections on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy with reflection questions for use by individuals or in a group setting. It is a source of reflection especially as we journey through the Season of Lent in this Year of Mercy. Click here to download a copy.

Ministry Hub offer a number of programs for the Year of Mercy.  Click here for website.

Willow Publishing have new realeases of music for the Year of Mercy.  Click here for website.

Jubilee for Prisoners resources

On Sunday, November 6, 2016 the Australian Catholic Prisoners Pastoral Care Council (ACPPCC) will celebrate a ‘Jubilee for Prisoners’ as designated by Pope Francis in this Year of Mercy.  Prison Chaplains across Australia will deliver a special ‘Message for Prisoners’ from Bishop Terry Brady, Delegate for Prison Chaplains. Paper copies of the leaflet are currently being posted to Prison Chaplains for distribution.  Click here for media release.

The ACPPCC have created a simple DL leaflet for prison chaplains to deliver the message to prisoners about their human value and self worth (click here for leaflet). The ACPPCC are calling on parishes and the Catholic community across Australia to mark the Jubilee for Prisoners on November 6 with a Mass or prayer service for Prisoners. The ACPPCC have also created a series of parish resources and a prayer for prisoners that can be circulated across your diocese. (Click here for parish resorurces.  Click here for prayer card).

Please note that due to strict copyright conditions, the cover image used on the ‘Year of Mercy’ leaflet (Christ of Maryknoll) cannot be reproduced in any way other than as it appears in the leaflet, 'Message for Prisoners'. We have permission to use this image only as it appears on the leaflet.

The ACPPCC would like to hear about how you celebrate the Jubilee for Prisoners in your parishes


Other resources are available from the Diocesan Resource Centre, 5 Lyons Street South, Ballarat.  Open Monday - Friday from 9.00am - 5.00pm during school terms.

Phone: (03) 5337 7149
Fax: (03) 5333 5048
Postal Address: PO Box 576, Ballarat 3353
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