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Divine Mercy Sunday
During his homily at the canonization ceremony of St. Faustina Kowalski on April 30, 2000, the Servant of God Pope John Paul II highlighted the message of mercy manifested to that well-loved Saint in the course of her short life. He declared, moreover, that the Second Sunday of Easter would hence be known throughout the Church as Divine Mercy Sunday. As Providence would have it, just five years later, Pope John Paul II would pass from this life into the next after praying first Vespers for Divine Mercy Sunday. To ensure that the faithful would observe this day with intense devotion, Pope John Paul II established that Divine Mercy Sunday be enriched by a plenary indulgence so that the faithful might receive in great abundance the gift of consolation of the Holy Spirit. The plenary indulgence is granted under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer for the intentions of Supreme Pontiff) to the faithful who, on Divine Mercy Sunday, in any church or chapel, in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for sin, even a venial sin, take part in the prayers and devotions held in honor of Divine Mercy, or who, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed or reserved in the tabernacle, recite the Our Father and the Creed, adding a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!). For all who cannot leave their homes for a just cause or who carry out an activity for the community which cannot be postponed, the plenary indulgence on Divine Mercy Sunday may be granted if, totally detesting any sin and with the intention of fulfilling as soon as possible the three usual conditions, those faithful recite the Our Father and the Creed before a devout image of Our Merciful Lord Jesus and, in addition, pray a devout invocation to the Merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you.). A partial indulgence was at the same time granted to the faithful who, at least with a contrite heart, pray to the merciful Lord Jesus a legitimately approved invocation. More information concerning the Divine Mercy devotion may be found at the website of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. In the Diocese of Gaylord, the following parishes have scheduled devotions for Divine Mercy Sunday: St. Joseph, East Jordan will remain open after the 9:00 Mass on Sunday, April 11, for anyone who would like to conclude the Novena to the Divine Mercy. Holy Family, East Tawas will offer a Holy Hour for Divine Mercy Sunday beginning at 3:00 p.m. on April 11. St. Francis, Lewiston is encouraging parishioners to begin praying Novena to The Divine Mercy on Good Friday. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is recited each Sunday following Mass. Alpena Catholic Community, Alpena will begin praying the Novena to The Divine Mercy on Good Friday, April 2, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of St. John the Baptist Parish. On Sunday, April 11, devotions for Divine Mercy Sunday will begin at 2:00 in the Chapel at St. John the Baptist Parish which will be followed with a potluck. Holy Childhood, Harbor Springs will sing the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 11. Cross in the Woods, Indian River will offer a Divine Mercy Sunday service beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 11. Immaculate Conception, Traverse City will offer a Holy Hour for Divine Mercy beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 11. Fr. Anthony Citro and Fr. Donald Libby will be the celebrants. Everyone is encouraged to begin praying the Novena to The Divine Mercy on Good Friday. For more information call Anna at 231.941.8410 or email email@example.com. Northern Lights Catholic Community (St. Mary Cathedral, Gaylord, St. Mary, Grayling, Holy Redeemer, Vanderbilt and St. Thomas Aquinas, Elmira) will celebrate Eucharistic Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction, along with the Divine Mercy Chaplet beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Mary Cathedral on Sunday, April 11. Pamphlets to assist the faithful in praying the Novena to the Divine Mercy are also available at the entrances of each of the four churches. The Novena should begin on Good Friday. St. Stephen, Lake City will celebrate Eucharistic Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction, along with the Divine Mercy Chaplet beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 11. For one hour prior, beginning at 2:00 p.m., the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available. The image shown on this page is used with permission. © Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, Stockbridge, MA 01263 To further assist the faithful, we have posted below a flyer explaining how to recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. It is reprinted by the Diocese of Gaylord with permission of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception.