MASSES & SERVICES for the Chaplaincy.
SUMMER PROGRAMME 2019
AT LA CHAPELLE in Doué en Anjou. From the month of March until the end of August there will be a Mass at La Chapelle on the first, third and other Sundays each month at 11 am. There are extra services for Holy Week 2019. Maundy Thursday (April 18th) Mass of the Last Supper at 7.30 pm and on Good Friday (April 19th) Way and Veneration of the Cross at 3 pm.
AT BOCE. From March and for the rest of the year, there will be a Mass at Bocé at 11 am on the second Sunday in the month. There is an extra Mass on Christmas Eve at 8 pm.
THE JUBILEE DOOR.
Throughout the Jubilee Year at the entrances of our centres at La Chapelle and at Bocé, by the holy water stoops, will be a frame that contains the following prayer:
|Lord, make the door of this church wide enough to receive all who need human love and fellowship, narrow enough to shut out all envy, pride and strife. Make its threshold smooth enough to be no stumbling block to children, nor to straying feet. Make this house a house of prayer and a gateway to your Kingdom.|
With this leaflet, you will find a booklet, issued by Pope Francis, that explains in more detail what the year is about and a prayer card containing prayers with Our Lady. This is fitting for Notre Dame de la Chapelle (Our Lady of the Chapel) is our Chaplaincy patroness.
THE PRINCIPLE OF PILGRIMAGE: A JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE, STEP BY STEP ON THE WAY.
The title by which we were first known in the New Testament , before we became called "Christians", was 'Followers of the Way'. (Acts 9.2: 11.26) It was a title probably derived from Jesus' claim in John's gospel to be "The Way, the Truth and the Life." (14.6) This ancient title implies that we are engaged on a journey through life and sees our purpose in life as making that pilgrimage so that we ultimately arrive in the eternal and merciful presence of God.
It is little wonder that making a pilgrimage to special holy places became a popular devotional practise in the life of the Church. During this Year of Mercy our attention is drawn to the many journeys that occur in the story of God's love for us as revealed in our yearly work of worship. Here are some that will feature in our observance of the Year of Mercy
THE CELEBRATION OF CHRISTMAS
Mary and Joseph travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem for taxation purposes, and in this context the love of God was supremely manifested in the birth of Jesus. Shepherds leave their flocks by night to go to Bethlehem and wise men travel from the east to pay their homage. The holy family then fled to Egypt to seek refuge from the wrath of Herod. Christmas is a wonderful opportunity for us to journey to Bethlehem spiritually and feel the presence of God's merciful love in our lives.
Sunday. December 13th. CAROL SERVICE AT BOCE. 11 am.
Thursday. December 24th. CHRISTMAS EVE MASS AT BOCE. 8 pm.
Friday. December 25th. CHRISTMAS DAY MASS AT LA CHAPELLE. 11am
THE CELEBRATION OF HOLY WEEK.
The week begins with a journey, as Jesus makes his way from Bethany to Jerusalem. This is commemorated on Palm Sunday, March 20th in La Chapelle at 11 am. During this service we take up our palm crosses and follow him. The journey theme returns on Good Friday, March 25th, when at 3 pm we follow the Way of the Cross at La Chapelle. We also will have a communal celebration of Reconciliation on this special day when Jesus showed us the depth of his love for us, and when we can make our peace with God.
Try to be present at some or all of these observances that form some of our spiritual works of mercy: which are to counsel the doubtful, convey knowledge, be aware of our sins, comfort the afflicted, forgive offences, bear wrongs patiently and pray for the living and dead.
In this Jubilee year, our Chaplaincy will also be paying attention to the corporal works of mercy: which are to feed the hungry, cloth the naked, house the homeless, visit the sick, support those unjustly judged, and bury the dead. These are the traditional Christian works of mercy. Try to devote some of your time personally to one or more of these activities, as they are appropriate to your life, and offer them to God.
Collectively, the Chaplaincy devotes part of its annual income to charitable purposes. Nominations are therefore invited for causes that reflect our observance of the corporal works of Mercy