10 Ways to Live the Year of Mercy

  • Read and continue to dig deeper into the Jubilee of Mercy

  • Study/pray the life and words of Jesus in the Gospels

  • Study/pray all of the Scripture references

  • Create my own "Holy Doors"

  • Pilgrimage - Physical at some point... spiritual starting today!

  • Opening our hearts to those living on the fringes of society.  Living the corporal and spiritual works of mercy

  • Holy Moments - Create Holy Moments in every point in this plan - Holy Moments - In the Year of Mercy

  • Study the Face of Jesus - Jesus Christ is the Face of the Father's Mercy

  • Study the Saints of Mercy

  • Reconciliation / Confession - The Sacrament of Mercy


Twelve times this year the Diocese of Rapid City will offer Days of Mercy. Reconciliation will be offered all day in one of the Rapid City parishes or at Terra Sancta along with Eucharistic Adoration - locations to be announced. In the evening there will be a talk followed by Benediction. The titles range from understanding the Year of Mercy, to explanations of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy and ways we celebrate and live that mercy. Each month also includes a saint for the month to offer us an inspiration and guide.

There will be five pilgrimages to each of the five deaneries in our diocese. These are Saturday events which include prayer experiences, Reconciliation, a talk, the Sunday Eucharist (anticipated) and a healing service.

11 a.m. - Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by a Presentation by Bishop Gruss on Reconciliation and Forgiveness

11:30 a.m. - Lectio Divina prayer experience on a scriptural passage lead by Susan Safford

Noon to 2 p.m. - The Sacrament of Reconciliation available

Light lunch served in the Cathedral Hall

2:30 p.m. - Benediction 

3 p.m. – Celebration of the Mass with Bishop Gruss presiding - this will be the Mass for 3rd Sunday of Lent

4 p.m. - Following Mass there will be a Healing Service; praying with and over people who ask for healing in their lives


The other pilgrimages are in Pine Ridge, St. Francis, Timber Lake and Sturgis. For the three distant pilgrimage sites we will be offering a bus service for a set fee. It will be an early morning departure from Rapid City and return the same day. There will be more on that later and a chance to sign up.


Feb. 27

at the Cathedral OLPH


June 18

at St. Francis


Aug. 20

Timber Lake


Oct. 22

Pine Ridge


Nov. 19

at Sturgis


There is a possiblilty of taking a bus to St. Francis, Timber Lake and Pine Ridge. Contact the Cathedral to leave their name and indicate their interest.

Days of Mercy throughout Rapid City,

All Day Adoration and Reconciliation

from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Talk at 7 p.m., Reception to follow

Pilgrimages through the

Diocese of Rapid City

"Be Merciful Just as your Father is Merciful."

- Luke 6:36