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Divine Mercy Novena

Divine Mercy - Jesus I Trust In YouSunday, April 8th is Divine Mercy Sunday – In the 1930s, Sister Faustina Kowalska was asked by Jesus to establish a Feast of Mercy. The celebration of this Feast was to be celebrated the First Sunday after Easter. From the Diary of St. Faustina, 699, Jesus said:

“On that day, the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which grace flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity.”

Novena to the Divine Mercy

Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday. During the Solemn Novena leading to Divine Mercy Sunday, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy should be offered each day for the day’s intentions. He gave St. Faustina an intention to pray for on each day of the Novena:

  • Day 1 (Good Friday) – All mankind, especially sinners
  • Day 2 (Holy Saturday) – The souls of priests and religious
  • Day 3 (Easter Sunday) – All devout and faithful souls
  • Day 4 (Easter Monday) – Those who do not believe in Jesus and those who do not yet know Him
  • Day 5 (Easter Tuesday) – The souls of separated brethren
  • Day 6 (Easter Wednesday) – The meek and humble souls and the souls of children
  • Day 7 (Easter Thursday) – The souls who especially venerate and glorify Jesus’ mercy
  • Day 8 (Easter Friday) – The souls who are detained in purgatory;
  • Day 9 (Easter Saturday) – The souls who have become lukewarm.

Plenary Indulgence

Pope Saint John Paul added to the Feast Day an opportunity to gain a plenary indulgence. The following must be done:

  • Confession (within a week before the Feast Day)
  • Eucharistic Communion and a Prayer for the Pope
  • In a church or in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament in a tabernacle recite the Our Father and the Creed, adding a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (Merciful Jesus, I trust in You for example)

Because this is such a wonderful gift from Jesus, Father Carl will be available for confessions on Friday evening (April 6th from 6-7 pm) as well as his usual Saturday afternoon times (3:30–4:30pm).

For additional information, see:
https://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/mercy/novena.htm
http://www.thedivinemercy.org/message/devotions/novena.php
https://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/mercy/dmmap.htm

Mass Times

Monday thru Saturday – 8:30am
Saturday – 5:00pm
Sunday – 8:00am (quiet mass), 10:00am, and 11:30am

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Confessions

Saturday 3:30–4:30pm
or by appointment

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