Divine Mercy Cenacle
St Aloysius’ Divine Mercy Cenacle gathers on Thursday evenings.
For more information, please contact Diane at (414) 774-6394.
Excerpt from divinemercy.org
'What is a Cenacle?'
By Bryan Thatcher, MD (Apr 24, 2012)
Occasionally when I travel, someone will ask me, "What is a cenacle?" So I thought I'd take this opportunity to explain. The cenacle is a small faith-sharing group. It is as old as the Church itself. The idea contained in the word cenacle is derived from the meeting of our Lord's followers in the upper room where He celebrated the Last Supper. The Latin word for supper is cena. It was in the upper room that Jesus instituted the Eucharist and washed the apostles' feet. It was there that the apostles received the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.
Our Eucharistic Apostles of Divine Mercy members meet in small groups. The goals are to delve deeper into the writings of St. Faustina and learn more about the Eucharist and the message of mercy. These aims become even more relevant as efforts are under way to make St. Faustina a "Doctor of the Church."
The format followed is that of a typical "small Christian Community," or "Basic Christian Community," as it is called in Africa and India. Small groups gathering to learn and share their faith is a major form of evangelization throughout the world. Our focus is on the message of Divine Mercy as found in Sacred Scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Diary of St. Faustina, with a special emphasis on the Eucharist.
A major key to the success of the cenacle is the faith-sharing that takes place. In the sessions, the Image of The Divine Mercy, the Feast Day, the Eucharist, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and more are brought up and discussed. Life journeys, struggles, and insights are openly discussed. Thus, our faith comes alive and the importance of Divine Mercy becomes more apparent.