Themes of Mercy for the Year of Mercy—Free Discussion Materials

Year of Mercy - materials for small faith groups ® is a service of Loyola Press, publishers of the Confirmed in the Spirit Confirmation preparation series.

The Year of Mercy that Pope Francis proclaimed last year concludes this November. Mercy is the most fundamental and defining attribute of God, revealed through God’s actions throughout the Old Testament and most notably, in the person of Jesus Christ in the New Testament.

Why not take some time in the next few months to explore themes of mercy through the lens of Scripture? I’m happy to share with you materials I developed to use with small faith groups in my own parish. Gather adults together for a four-week discussion series centered on these themes:

  • Mercy as Compassion for Ourselves
  • Mercy as Compassion for Neighbors
  • Mercy as Compassion for Our World
  • Mercy as Compassion for Creation

This may be a great taster for adults to sample the small faith group experience and build excitement for participation in future adult faith discussion groups. The materials would also be great as evenings of reflection for catechists or other parish groups.

Fill out the below form to receive the free materials for small faith groups, Reflecting on Themes of Mercy for the Year of Mercy.

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

4 Comments on Themes of Mercy for the Year of Mercy—Free Discussion Materials

    • Carolyn, I may be a bit biased but I would not hesitate to say that the best resources for Faith Formation for Catholic schools are the Christ Our Life and the Finding God programs by Loyola Press. Both provide tons of ancillary resources including robust online resources for meeting the needs of the school environment. If you are interested in learning more about either or both of these programs, send me an e-mail – – and I can put you in touch with one of our Educational Consultants.

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