Works of Mercy Prayers and Activities—Free Resource Packet

Works of Mercy Prayers and Activities Resource Packet

Mercy is a virtue that influences a person’s compassion for another. Mercy inspires the will to ease another’s misfortunes or suffering in either body or soul. The corporal and spiritual works of mercy are charitable actions that extend God’s compassion and mercy to those in need.

However, the works of mercy are more than gestures or obligations. To gain merit in heaven, the actions must be performed as acts of love for our neighbor as a response to our deep love for God. The corporal and spiritual works of mercy work together as paths to Salvation. They give Christians ways to live according to Jesus’ Great Commandment.

Use my Works of Mercy Prayers and Activities packet to help you spread the message of mercy to those you serve. The packet includes a prayer service, two guided reflections, a video suggestion with discussion starter questions, and a selection of activities to learn about and put into action the works of mercy.

Let us become the “Church of Mercy” that Pope Francis calls us to be.

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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


  1. Super excited for this timely resource. We are gearing up all areas of parish ministries to proclaim a Jubilee Year of Mercy and our Faith Formation committee is leading the way for the parish by crafting our parish annual theme “Living God’s Mercy.” Can’t wait to put this resource to good use! Thank you!

    • You’re welcome, Kellie! I hope the Year of Mercy is full of grace and blessings for you and your parish!

  2. Definitely great timing! The video link wasn’t available however. Any other way I can link to it? Thank you!

    • Hi Michelle, the video is embedded in the download page, so I’m not sure what happened when you tried it. I will send you a direct link via e-mail, however, that will hopefully work for you.

  3. I have been trying to get your free PDF: Works of Mercy Prayers and Activities. I have filled out the form twice and still have not received it. I checked my SPAM mail and it is not there either.

  4. I am a seminarian of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart Congregation, “talking about the Mercy of God,its so interesting to me to hear people;pope and our catholic preachers under His Spirit speak about Mercy: it Gives hope and everyone

  5. Every day I look forward to all my Loyola Press resources, activities, etc…Keep up the good work in supporting and giving us the best tools in nurturing our faith.

    Trying to download the pdf: Works of Mercy Prayers and Activities, can’t seem to find it to download!

  6. I am so glad that I’ve subscribed to Catechists Journey! it has been very helpful in my work as a volunteer catechist. Thank you! I’d really like to receive the packet for the year of mercy.

    • Hi Veronica and welcome! Did you fill out the form at the bottom of the post with your email address? If you are in a diocese outside of the U.S., just select any diocese from the drop down list to proceed.

  7. may i beg for the free resource packet tobe used in our parish of st. anthony of padua, llorente, eastern samar philippines . many thanks

    • Hi Apolinario John and welcome! Did you fill out the form at the bottom of the post with your email address? Since you are in a diocese outside of the U.S., just select any diocese from the drop down list to proceed.

  8. Thank you for all the work you do. Your resources are so hands on. The passion you have for our Carholic Faith is evident in your writings.

  9. I must say you have never steered me the wrong way. I still have my and treasure my first Catechist Toolbox. Over the Years all that you shared with me and I am sure many other catechist all over the world you are definitely a one of the most generous sharing people that I am proud to have been lucky enough to find you online. Thank you for helping me prepare our catholic teens how to get to know and love God Personally God Bless Denise Perrone

    • Thanks Denise! I’m humbled to be able to be of service to you in your ministry in this way!

  10. Joe
    Please send me the PDF on Works of Mercy.
    I am teaching to a class getting ready for Confirmation.

    • Hi Laurie,

      Just fill out the form on this post, and the resource will be e-mailed to you.

      Denise Gorss
      Catechist’s Journey Editor

    • Hi Laurie, you can get the PDF by filling out the brief “form” at the bottom of the post and it will be emailed to you.

  11. Hello,

    Please send me the PDF on the Works of Mercy. I’d like to use these resources for our Whole Community Catechesis program. Thank you!

    • Lisa, please fill out the brief form within the post, and you will receive an e-mail with the packet.

      Denise Gorss
      Catechist’s Journey Editor

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