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Divine Mercy Sunday


Several parishes in the Diocese of Gaylord are celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday with Holy Hours and special events on Sunday, April 8.  Everyone is invited.

One of the fastest growing movements within the Catholic Church, Divine Mercy has been celebrated for years in Poland, the home of Sister Mary Faustina Kowalska, known most commonly as Saint Faustina. Faustina, a Sister of Mercy who was blessed with the gifts of revelation, a hidden stigmata, and prophecy, devoted her life to sharing her revelations of God’s mercy and was the first person to depict Jesus with the beams of mercy penetrating from His chest and the words “Jesus, I Trust in You” - a depiction we now know as The Divine Mercy.  

Divine Mercy Sunday is based on Saint Faustina’s revelations of God’s desire for the people of His Church to ask for His mercy by repenting of our sins and approaching Him in prayer, displaying the mercy we receive in our own behavior towards others, and completely trusting and depending in Jesus. Saint Faustina’s complete journal was later published as Divine Mercy in my Soul: the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska and included accounts of all of her revelations and interactions with Jesus.

Saint Faustina’s mission was realized on April 30, 2000, when, upon her canonization, Blessed Pope John Paul II declared that the message of mercy was evident within Sister Maria Faustina Kowalska’s life and works. Since then, the Second Sunday of Easter has been recognized as Divine Mercy Sunday and dioceses and eparchies across the world have taken the time remember and give thanks for the mercy and love that we are given as Catholic Christians.

In 2002, the Apostolic Penitentiary of the Holy See promulgated a decree that in order “to ensure that the faithful would observe this day (Divine Mercy Sunday) with intense devotion… this Sunday be enriched by a plenary indulgence…so that the faithful might receive in great abundance the gift of the consolation of the Holy Spirit.”  The plenary indulgence is granted (under the usual conditions of a sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and a prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff) to the faithful who, on Divine Mercy Sunday, in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for a sin, even a venial sin, recite the Our Father and the Creed, and also adding a devout prayer (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!).


St. Anne Church of All Saints Parish (located at the corner of 9th Street and Lockwood, 817 Sable Street, Alpena)

Sunday, April 8th, 3:00 p.m. will have the Divine Mercy Prayer


Holy Rosary

Sunday, April 8, 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Confessions will be heard, adoration, talk and chaplet of mercy


St. Mary of the Assumption

The Novena and Chaplet will begin on Good Friday at 1:15pm.  Each day after that the Novena and Chaplet will be prayed at 3pm in the Church through to Saturday, April 7th.  On Divine Mercy Sunday, April 8th,  Eucharistic Adoration will begin at noon and continue until 3pm with the Novena and Chaplet recited at 3pm.


St. Mary/St. Charles

Sunday, April 8th, 3:00 p.m., Chaplet of Divine Mercy-Confessions-Benediction and Exposition-Excerpts from St. Faustina’s Diary-Pot Luck meal afterwards in Parish Hall   

East Tawas

Holy Family

Saturday, April 7th, 3:00 p.m. Confessions for Divine Mercy Sunday, 4:00 p.m. Divine Mercy Mass

Sunday, April 8th, 10:30 a.m.  Divine Mercy Mass


St. Mary, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral

Reconciliation from 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m., reception in the parish hall from 2:00 p.m. to 3 p.m., and Divine Mercy Holy Hour at 3:00 p.m. which includes: Service of the Word, veneration of the Divine Mercy image and recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet

Gills Pier

St. Wenceslaus

Sunday, April 8th, Holy Hour from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on April 8, Benediction and the Chapel of Divine Mercy will be Celebrated

Harbor Springs

Holy Childhood

Blessed Sacrament Adoration at 2pm on Sunday, April 8th. Adoration will begin with praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and end with Benediction at 3pm.


St. Augustine

Devotion at 3:00 p.m.

Indian River

Cross in the Woods National Shrine

Sunday, April 8th, 3:00 p.m. devotion consisting of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, prayers and the singing of the chaplet, may be outdoors if weather allows

Lake City

St. Stephen

Friday, April 6, 7:00 p.m., Speaker Bill Richart, a Nationally known Catholic Lay Evangelist will do a Divine Mercy Presentation using rare pictures and music,to explore the Divine Mercy messages more deeply.  The evening will conclude with praying of Bill's original Diving Mercy Chaplet.

Sunday, April 8, Confessions from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Holy Hour from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


St. Francis

The Knights of Columbus will process in at the beginning of Mass paying tribute to Divine Mercy


St. Paul

A Divine Mercy Chaplet will be held at 3:00 p.m. with holy hour, chaplet, adoration and confession


Sacred Heart

Saturday, April 7th, 4:30 p.m. Confessions for Divine Mercy Sunday, 5:30 p.m Divine Mercy Mass

Sunday, April 8th, 9:00 a.m. Divine Mercy Mass, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, 3 p.m. Recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Divine Mercy Litany

Suttons Bay

St. Wenceslaus

Sunday, April 8th, holy hour with confession, 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Benediction and the Chapel of Divine Mercy will be celebrated

Traverse City

Immaculate Conception

Divine Mercy Service, 2:00 p.m.

St. Patrick

Divine Mercy Service, 3:00 p.m.

West Branch

Holy Family

Sunday, April 8th, Holy Hour from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3:00 p.m.