Divine Mercy Service, April 11

The Church of St. Joseph will be celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday on April 11th from   2-4pm; with a special prayer service which includes Eucharistic Adoration.                                           LIVESTREAMED

DIVINE MERCY WORSHIP AIDE

Fr. Paul will be offering  the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Sunday, April 11th beginning after the 10:30 Mass until 1pm.

What is Divine Mercy Sunday?

From 1930-1938, Jesus appeared to Sister Maria Faustina Kowalska, an educated nun, in a convent of the Congregation of Sister of Our Lady of Mercy in Poland. Jesus asked Sister Faustina to record her experience and extraordinary revelations of His love and unfathomable Divine Mercy for mankind. The notebook she kept became known as The Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, and Sister Faustina’s mission was born: to proclaim His mercy.

Jesus gave us two beautiful devotions: The Chaplet of Divine Mercy and The Novena of the Divine Mercy. “Oh, what great graces I will grant to souls who say this chaplet; the very depths of My tender Mercy are stirred for the sake of those who say the chaplet.” (Diary, 848) Jesus said to Sister Faustina, “At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy for the whole world.” … “In this hour I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion.” (Diary, 1320)

In 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized St. Faustina and declared the first Sunday after Easter Divine Mercy Sunday. Through Divine Mercy, we may “reestablish our relationship with God” and create “new relations of fraternal solidarity among human beings.” (Homily, April 30, 2000). In order to ensure observation of Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope John Paul II conferred a plenary indulgence for those who fulfilled the requirements and participation of Divine Mercy Sunday. Pope Benedict XVI told us: “It is a really central message for our time. Mercy as the force of God, as the divine limit against evil in the world”.

What are the promises of celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday?

The Devotion of Divine Mercy focuses on repenting our sins, making a good confession before or after the Feast, receiving Holy Communion on Divine Mercy Sunday, taking part in the prayers and devotions held in honor of Divine Mercy, venerating the Image of The Divine Mercy, placing our complete trust in Jesus and being merciful to others through actions, words and prayers.

The Image of The Divine Mercy

Our Lord also requested that an image be painted of the merciful Jesus revealed to Sister Faustina with the signature Jesus, I trust in you. “I promise the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I promise victory over enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I Myself will defeat it as My own glory.” (Diary, 48)

The Devotion of Divine Mercy focuses on repenting our sins, making a good confession before or after the Feast, receiving Holy Communion on Divine Mercy Sunday, taking part in the prayers and devotions held in honor of Divine Mercy, venerating the Image of The Divine Mercy, placing our complete trust in Jesus and being merciful to others through actions, words and prayers.

*The Novena of the Divine Mercy begins on Good Friday and ends on April 11th, Divine Mercy Sunday. There are Divine Mercy Novena pamphlets available on the table in the Gathering Space after Masses the weekend of April 27th & 28th.

 

 

 

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