By Tess Wahlmeier
LINCOLN (SNR) - Each year, the Diocese of Lincoln offers a Lenten Series, composed of several different speakers, that focuses on a particular theme.
In conjunction with the Year of Mercy, this year’s Lenten Series will focus on knowing and living the mercy of God.
The series will consist of five talks on the first five Mondays of Lent (beginning Feb. 15) from 7:30-8:30 pm at the John XXIII Center.
It is important to note that in previous years, the Lenten Series has been held at St. Teresa Parish, but due to construction at St. Teresa Church, this year it will be in Dawson Hall at the John XXIII Center. All are welcome to attend any and all of the talks.
Father Andrew Heaslip, diocesan director of religious education, said that the theme of mercy ties perfectly with the season of Lent.
“The Lenten Series is a very good opportunity to do something extra to grow during the season of Lent,” Father Heaslip said. “In these 40 days the Church focuses on repentance and receives special graces to turn away from our sin and to draw closer to the Lord; this is what mercy is all about.”
The series will begin on Feb. 15 with a talk by Lori Weskamp about deliverance into the Father’s mercy. She will share some of her own experiences with deliverance and the Unbound Ministry.
The speaker Feb. 22 will be Father Heaslip, and he will speak about the sacrament of mercy: confession.
Sister Mary Catherine, C.K., will give the next talk on Feb. 29 on the popes and mercy.
On March 7, Ivan and Lynette Ivanov will speak about mercy in the family life, and how their family has tried to incorporate mercy into their daily lives.
The series will conclude on Mar. 14 with a talk by Father Michael Christensen entitled, “Mercy from Poland: St. Faustina and St. John Paul the Great,” which will discuss these two great saints and the witness of mercy they each gave to the world.
“We needed to do this theme because of Pope Francis’s call for a jubilee year this year, where all of us are called to focus in on the mercy of God, first, to receive it, but then, to share that mercy with others,” Father Heaslip said.
For those who are unable to attend but still would like to participate in the Lenten Series, the talks will be livestreamed on the diocesan YouTube channel.