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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 23.  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!).

Beaver Island

Holy Cross

Eucharistic adoration and Divine Mercy chaplet, 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.


Holy Hour at 3:00 p.m. with a talk by Fr. Ben Rexroat. Confession will be available throughout the Holy Hour, which will end with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.


St. Mary/St. Charles

Service at 3:00 p.m.

Cross Village

Holy Cross

Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed after Mass.


St. Mary, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral

Reconciliation at 1:00 p.m., followed by a light reception at 2:00 p.m. in the parish hall, and services at 3:00 p.m.

Harbor Springs

Holy Childhood

Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed after all Masses.



St. Augustine

Devotion at 3:00 p.m.

Indian River

Cross in the Woods National Shrine

Devotion with the singing of the chaplet, 3:00 p.m. in the Eucharistic Chapel.

Lake City

St. Stephen

Holy hour with confessions at 3:00 p.m.

Lake Leelanau

St. Mary of the Assumption

The Health Ministry is having Coffee and Greetings and invite parishioners to write a greeting to homebound parishioners following Mass. Cards will be provided. 

Larks Lake

St. Nicholas

Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed after Mass.


Divine Mercy Parish

3:00 p.m. Extraordinary Form of the Mass; 4:40 p.m. Divine Mercy Novena


St. Paul

First Communion/Confirmation will take place at the 10:00 a.m. Mass, followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3:00 p.m.


St. Francis Xavier

Holy Hour with Benediction at 3:00 p.m.


St. Casimir

Divine Mercy services after the 10:00 am Mass

Suttons Bay

St. Wenceslaus

Holy hour with confession, 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Traverse City

St. Joseph, Mapleton

Divine Mercy Service, 3:00 p.m.

St. Patrick

Divine Mercy Service, 3:00 p.m.