Cenacle Formation Manual #1

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Nothing on TV, you say? You're wrong. How does this sound: Seven people sitting in a semicircle talking about God's mercy and what it means in their lives?

Following up on the success of the TV show Cenacle of The Divine Mercy, Series I, "Series II" debuts this month on EWTN's global Catholic network.

The new 13-part series, filmed last spring at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass., follows the prayer cenacle group format of Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy (EADM), an apostolate of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception.

The half-hour shows are now airing weekly on EWTN on Mondays at 2:30 p.m. (EST) and Saturdays at 6:30 a.m. (EST).

Dr. Bryan Thatcher, Director of Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy, and Fr. Joe Roesch, MIC, return as co-hosts of the new series. Interacting with their cenacle members, Bryan and Fr. Joe tackle such themes as love, hope, purity, obedience, humility, spiritual poverty, St. Faustina and the Holy Spirit, and St. Faustina and the way of the cross.

As he did with "Series I," Bryan has written a companion guide to "Series II." The guide goes into more depth, helping viewers apply the material in each show. Marian Press plans to release the guide and a DVD set of "Series II" in May. The set will follow the format for Divine Mercy cenacles and will be perfect for small group use.

Delving Deep
The goal of the series — indeed, the goal of the thousands of cenacles of The Divine Mercy that have formed worldwide — is to delve deeply into the mystery of God's mercy, to increase the awareness that the message of Divine Mercy is one that needs to be lived daily, and to call on all to be Christlike.

"The first series was very successful and well received," said Dr. Thatcher, the founder of EADM. "EWTN has aired it seven times because of the great response. I've received calls and correspondence from as far away as the Sudan from people who watched it and were moved to begin cenacles in their own parishes. It's been really powerful."

The new series again features Fr. Joseph, a veteran of Divine Mercy Sunday telecasts on EWTN, who leads the cenacle along with Dr. Thatcher. Brother Jason Lewis, MIC, is a new face on this series, along with Siaosi Talitimu, a Samoan native who now lives in Colorado; Lily Torres of Brandon, Fla.; Marie Romagnano, RN, founder of Nurses and Doctors for Divine Mercy; and Thelma Orias, the director of The Divine Mercy Eucharistic Society in California.

"I think people are really going to be touched by this new series because of the beautiful stories that the cenacle members shared," said Fr. Joseph. "The personal witnesses have just been fantastic."

A Sneak Preview
For example, on Wednesday, April 18, the cast and crew filmed episode 8, titled, "Eucharistic Adoration and Divine Mercy." The setting was prayerful. Even John Kuklinski Jr., field production manager for EWTN, held a rosary in his hand during the filming. ("It was my First Communion rosary," he explained later on, "and my father's First Communion rosary.")

Father Joseph began the episode by commenting on how St. Faustina, known as the "Apostle of Divine Mercy," centered her life around the Eucharist and how she would visit the Blessed Sacrament whenever she could. "At times, the very same rays she saw coming from Jesus when He came to her, she also saw them coming from the Monstrance," said Fr. Joseph. "And it makes sense because our Lord is present in the Eucharist."

Mr. Talitimu, who helps EADM form cenacles, spoke of a common problem many Christians experience. He said that years ago he couldn't sense the Lord's presence in the Eucharist. Still, he made an effort. Once, he brought a rose with him and placed it before the Blessed Sacrament. At first, he said, he felt like a "silly little boy" for doing so. But he kept coming back and kept bringing roses. Eventually, he said, "I fell in love. The Lord revealed Himself to me through the Eucharist."

Dr. Thatcher said that when you experience that powerful presence of Christ, you wish to share it with others. "The Eucharist is like the filet mignon of dinner," he said, "yet so many people don't understand the Real Presence and the great gift of the Eucharist."

One way to begin raising such awareness, said Ms. Torres, is to start with children — to help them to grow in respect and appreciation for Eucharistic Adoration and to "teach them the meaning and beauty of spending time with Jesus."

Like Mr. Talitimu, Ms. Orias said she had difficulty feeling the Lord's presence in her life. But her persistence in Eucharistic Adoration paid off. One day, she was moved to tell Jesus in prayer, "I want to serve you. Let me be your servant on Earth."

"That's why I'm here," she said, during a break in the filming. "I've been touch by the message of Divine Mercy, and how could I not share it with the world?"

"In all our conversations," said Br. Jason, "the verse that keeps coming to mind is John 1:14: 'And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.' "

"God wishes to dwell in our presence and give us life," Br. Jason said. "Most especially, He dwells with us in the Eucharist so that we can receive Him, because God so desires to unite Himself with us, to become one with us."

Dire Need
Following the filming, Ms. Torres explained why she agreed to take part in the series. "I feel we're living in very troubled times, and we're in dire need of Christ's mercy," she said, "and if I can be a part of spreading that, then praise be to God."

Father Joseph hopes the series will encourage people to form cenacles of The Divine Mercy in their own parishes.

"God didn't mean for us to be alone," he said. "He wants us to be gathered, as He gathered the apostles and disciples. He wants us to share our faith and talk to each other."

Learn how you can start a cenacle.

Also, view the lesson plans as the series continues.

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Laura - Apr 4, 2008

Please bring this to North Richland Hills ,Texas .

polly - Mar 16, 2008

Right on target JP.

JP - Mar 15, 2008

Marty (from March 8), While I understand where you are coming from unfortunately you are just plain wrong! Forgive my bluntness. Let me give you this to mull on for a bit: All of the greatest religious teachers and philosophers always said things to the effect that "if you follow this way you will find life. If you follow that truth you will find way.' Right? I mean they all in many respects ultimately asked their followers to seek the truth and you find the way in life. Jesus was the exception. Jesus never said anything of a sort. Jesus did say however, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." I want you to really mull over that for bit. Those are pretty powerful and strong words to say about oneself. Jesus is saying that only He has the ability to bring us to the Father which is the source of all truth. Only He has the way to the Father who is the source of life itself. Think about it. He's either arrogant or a nut case or a liar...or He told us the truth and only he has the way to life!

Wayne - Mar 15, 2008

DLG in Chicago is right. EWTN, please but more thought into your programing schedules. Important programs like this should be given priority time slots. Many times we have missed the better programs because of odd time slots. Thank you.

Robin - March 9, 2008 - Mar 15, 2008

A friend told me she was diagnosed with cancer. I told her I had a special book for her. I didn't see her for a couple of weeks at mass, ordered the book "Mercy Minutes" and took in hand with me to the next Sunday Mass. I came up to the door ready to go into Mass and she was right there opening the door for me not knowing I had the book. Jesus had arranged the meeting. Jesus, I Trust in You!

Marian - Mar 15, 2008

Our Lord's Divine Mercy, as expressed through His revelations to St. Faustina, is such an immensely powerful blessing to all of us who know about it. I pause each day during the Hour of Mercy (3 pm)to say the Divine Mercy Chaplet for souls in need. His suffering & death is made so much more real to me, as is the infinite Mercy He wishes to pour out upon each of His children here on Earth. I feel united with those suffering through my prayers, and feel they are benefiting from them through God's grace. You can feel the Lord's own sadness at those who turn their back on Him, and at a world full of sin. His mercy truly is the light in a the world full of darkness. Thank you for broadcasting your series, and 6 pm would be a wonderful time for those returning home from their day in the world, and before your Mass. God bless everyone at EWTN and all those who watch it. May St. Faustina's message of God's Divine Mercy reach every heart.

RoseMary in Colorado Springs, CO - Mar 15, 2008

Our Divine Mercy Ministry at Holy Apostles Catholic Church here are now beginning the 3rd Cenacle Formation Book. We meet the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Thursday evenings of every month. We have been inducted as Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy and are totally dedicated to Divine Mercy. We are excited about Divine Mercy Sunday as a 60 inch tall Image of Divine Mercy has been purchased and at a Mass on that day, in a Dedication ceremony, the Image will be placed on the front wall near the Tabernacle in the side chapel and the chapel will be named the Divine Mercy Chapel. Thanks be to God!

Anne-Marie - Columbus Grove, Ohio - Mar 14, 2008

I agree with DLG from Chicago. I think one show on a Sunday would be good.
In our parish, at our Adult Study Class, we have just about completed the first series, using the video on which I taped all the shows, and also using the Lessons Plan offered on the web site. It has enriched our growth in the faith and also the spirituality of all. This fall we will start on Series II. We will have a money collection in the class, order the DVD, and then leave it in our Parish Library for all you want to use it. Divine Sunday Devotions are also growing in our small parish. Thank you Jesus, and thank you St Faustina for your intercession. Grant us the graces to bring all the lost sheep from our town through the Message of Divine Mercy.

Moderator - Mar 12, 2008

To find a Divine Mercy Cenacle near you, please visit our Cenacle pages

Divine Mercy Program - Mar 11, 2008

Wonderful!! I am planning on retiring on May 30, 2008 and definitely want to become involved in the spreading of Devotion to Jesus' Divine Mercy. If I were not retiring I would have signed on for the Eucharistic Congress on Divine Mecy in Rome this April. I was privileged to meet some of you last September in Poland on the trip with Father Kaz. Unfortunately, my budget can not afford the Congress,but I will be praying here in New York for its cerain success and empowerment by our most wonderful Holy Spirit who will remind us as He always does of everything Jesus has taught us and will continue to teach us of his ineffable Mercy. God bless

Marti- in North Dallas, Texas - Mar 9, 2008

I was in A Canacle about 10 years ago, very small, and our leader died, and we didn't know how to go on.
I know a lot about Sr. Faustina's life, and all the Divine Mercy prakyers, and have given all my grown children the Divine Mercy Brochures, remind them when to start the Novena for Mercy Sunday, and though I am about 6 weeks into Emergency Triple By-Bass surgery recovery, and to God's great Mercy, I have an Alter that was "thrown out into the Garbage" by the pastor after Vatican 11 when the Altaer table was in place.
Mr Aunt was the first recipient, and I inheirited it in my bedroom. Due to God's Great Mercy, it is having God's home, my Statues of the Sacred Heart, the Sorrowful Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Infant of Prague, A large picture of the Trinity, Jesus in the Mercy Picture (I place my trust in you")
I try to say the Mercy Chaplet most nights when I can't sleep for those dying that night, is all that has gotten me thru this as I was mostly alone.
Do you know if there is a Cenacle in North Dallas, and how I can find them. God saved my life, as I had innocuous symptoms that sent me to the Dr, where he found 7 different heart Rhythms while he was listening to my heart, sent me immed. to his own Cardiologist, and they did the Emergancy Byk-Pass, as the surgeon,said I was so occluded there, that I would have dropped dead on the steet if God had not sent me to the Dr. that day.
My peaceful room with my Heavenly family around wherever I turn has kept my sanity thru this Heart Medicine that has given me 6 weeeks of amnesia, and they stoped the first one 10 days ago, and I am just eginning to think again. Mother Angelica says she thanks God for every Cross he sends her, and I am trkying to do the same. Please , if you know a contact for a Cenacle. let me know. I am still housebound, but maybe if I knew , some kind hearted person could come and take me to the meetings, they helped me so much before, and I rely on God's Mercy and place my trust in Him hour byk hour.

God Bless you for your program, and your work. Marti Walker

DLG - Chicago, Il - Mar 8, 2008

Is there a reason to put the series on at a time when most people are at work or finally trying get a morning sleep-in to catch up from working all week? (Mondays at 2:30 p.m. (EST) and Saturdays at 6:30 a.m. (EST).) I'd be very interested in watching the series but its rather difficult while at work. EWTN needs to reach out to more to working men and women with topical scheduling.

Mana Marie - Mar 8, 2008

Recently on EWTN there was an explanation of the the red rays and the white rays on the picture of Jesus. The program was on Divine Mercy. Johnette was doing an interview. Thanks

Martie - Mar 8, 2008

I believe in God and I believe that there are many ways to reach him! How we lead our own lives is the best way to develop our relationship with God. Dosen't matter if you are Catholic, Christian, Muslim, Buddists, or a member of any church in the world. When it comes right down to it, life is really about how we interact and treat others! God is in everyone. Through His Divine Mercy we are offered forgiveness that we can spread around by forgiving people around us that get on our last nerve!! Just like the TV commercials that show people spreading the act of kindness to others after they see someone being nice! I like to believe that everyone that is fortunate enough to interact with kindness will keep it in their hearts & mind so that the next time anger calls, they might just smile instead of giving someone the finger!

Judy--Mission, Texas - Mar 8, 2008

This week I was praying to the Lord to give me light in regards to starting a prayer group. As I turned on the TV in the morning, the first thing I see is the cenacle series. How great the Lord is! As I finish reading the Diary of St. Faustina, I too, have a great desire and need to spread the beautiful message of God's Divine Mercy. Thanks be to God!

Addison - Mar 6, 2008

This is bringing the love of Jesus to all people. I hope a cenacle forms in Allentown soon.