From the Pastor for April 23, 2017
Jesus told St. Faustina that this Feast of Mercy would be a very special day when all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened(Diary 699). Our Lord made a great promise to all those souls who would go to Confession and then receive Him in Holy Communion on the Feast of Mercy, on the Sunday after Easter, which is now called Divine Mercy Sunday throughout the Catholic Church.
Jesus promised that “The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain the complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.” (Diary 699) He went on to say “I want to grant a complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My Mercy.”(Diary 1109)
We want to encourage everyone to take advantage of this incredible promise and the additional Plenary Indulgence on this great Feast of Mercy, Divine Mercy Sunday. We want you to benefit fully from these promises, and we also want you to notify all of your family and friends about them and urge them to return to the practice of their faith!
The Image of the Divine Mercy, which our Lord requested to be solemnly blessed and venerated on this day, will be on display in our church. Pope John Paul II said that the image portrays the Risen Jesus Christ bringing mercy to the whole world. Our Lord said “I want the image to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, and I want it to be venerated publicly so that every soul may know about it. I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish.” (Diary 341, 48) Please take the time to visit with this Image of the Divine Mercy and venerate Jesus.
Jesus said to St. Faustina, “I am offering people a vessel with which they are to keep coming for graces to the fountain of mercy. That vessel is this image with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You.” (Diary 327) The two rays denote Blood and Water. The pale ray stands for the Water which makes souls righteous. The red ray stands for the Blood which is the life of souls. These two rays issued forth from the very depths of My tender mercy when My agonized Heart was opened by a lance on the cross. Happy is the one who will dwell in their shelter, for the just hand of God shall not lay hold of him.” (Diary 299)
About the feast day, Divine Mercy Sunday, Jesus said “tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon the souls who approach the Fount of My Mercy. On that day, all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though the sins be as scarlet…Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy.” (Diary 699) The Church allows for one to go to Confession for up to about 20 days, before or after Divine Mercy Sunday.
Respectfully Your in Christ,
Divine Mercy Mass – Sunday, April 23rd at 2:00pm in the Church
Divine Mercy Holy Hour – Sunday, April 23rd at 3:00pm in the Church
Q: What similarities can I find between the early Christian community and the one in which I live?
M: Write your own creed. Start with “I believe…” and then write what you really believe about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Church. How different is your creed from the profession of faith we make at Mass?
Full, Conscious, and Active Participation at Mass:
(Ideas for Catholic Prayer and Reflection at Mass)
Work for justice. Over the last 100 years, the Church has reinforced the connection between Eucharist and justice. For example, in his letter on the Year of the Eucharist in 2003, Pope John Paul II pleaded with Catholic communities to commit themselves to alleviating poverty and the ills that come with it.
“We cannot delude ourselves,” he said. “We will be recognized as true followers of Christ by our mutual love and our concern for those in need. This will be the criterion by which the authenticity of our Eucharistic celebrations is judged.”
Prayers and Devotions