The following is an excerpt from Bishop Gerald Barnes’ address at the Combined Vicariate Meeting on February 11 at St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Parish, Yucaipa.
By Most Reverend Gerald Barnes
And so Pope Frances gives us the Year of Mercy, a year to reflect on that part of our identity. A year to look at how we ourselves, in the times of problems and chaos, have been touched by God’s Mercy. A year to show gratitude for all that God has given us, especially during the difficult times in our lives. We do that, personally, but we also do that as a parish, as a school, as a diocese. We are called to reflect on how we as a community have shown God’s Mercy to our sisters and our brothers. How do we do that in our service and in our ministry to others?