On the twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary time we consider ways we can accompany and care for those living with mental illness. The scriptures for this Sunday give an ideal foundation to our 2022 national focus. St Pope John Paul II noted that “Whoever suffers from mental illness 'always' bears God's image and likeness in Godself, as does every human being. In addition, each human 'always' has the inalienable right not only to be considered as an image of God and therefore as a person, but also to be treated as such."(1996)
Support Life Sunday 2022 - Tautokona te Rātapu Whakaora 2022
2 Kings 5:14-17 Conversion of Naaman
Psalm 98:1, 2-3,3-4 The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power
2 Tm 2:8-13 If we have died with him, we shall also live with him…
Luke 17:11-19 The Ten Lepers
The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Bioethics Centre - the Nathaniel Centre has prepared material for use on social media and in liturgical celebrations. These will be available to parishes and schools next week.
They have provided the following resources to assist with planning liturgies.
Prayer of Intercession
An invitation before Mass begins
You can locate these as a pdf HERE
In preparation for a homily based on the scriptures for this Sunday you may like to listen to this podcast on the Homily Studio. Take 30 minutes to hear reflective comments from four guests in conversation with Fr John O’Connor. HERE
A range of Catholic Songs of Comfort can be located on Youtube HERE
The poster for the Mental illness campaign can be located HERE
Guidelines for all other Resources for Support Life Sunday 2022 HERE
You are not alone: Accompanying and caring for people living with mental illness