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Divine Mercy Sunday and Beatification of John Paul II is May 1


This year Divine Mercy Sunday will be celebrated on May 1. Because the date has much significance in the life of Venerable Pope John Paul II, it was also selected as the date for his beatification. During his homily at the canonization ceremony of St. Faustina Kowalski, a countrywoman from his native Poland, on April 30, 2000, 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.”

EWTN will be televising the vigil in honor of the beatification of Pope John Paul II, beatification of Pope John Paul II and the mass of thanksgiving in honor of the beatification of Pope John Paul II April 30 through May 2. For specific broadcast times, visit

The faithful of the Diocese of Gaylord are also warmly invited to a special event taking place at St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord on Sunday May 1 to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday and the Beatification of Venerable Pope John Paul II. Events will take place throughout the day, and you are invited to attend any or all of them:

11:00 a.m. Second Sunday of Easter/Divine Mercy Sunday Mass offered in thanksgiving for the example of Blessed John Paul II in union with the Church on the occasion of his beatification. The Main Celebrant will be Fr. James Bearss; the Homilist will be Fr. Matthew Wigton (Fr. Matthew was ordained by Blessed John Paul II)

12:00 p.m. Blessing of a portrait of Blessed John Paul II by Fr. James Bearss

12:15 p.m. Polish lunch served in the Parish Hall and musical entertainment(free will offering)

1:15-2:45 p.m. Film about Blessed John Paul II - “Nine Days that Changed the World”

1:15-3:00 p.m. Confessions will be heard

3:00 p.m. Divine Mercy celebration, including the chanting of the Divine Mercy Chaplet with Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda celebrating.

A number of parishes in the diocese will also be hosting devotions for Divine Mercy Sunday including:

St. Michael, Suttons Bay and St. Gertrude, Northport:

The Divine Mercy Novena will begin immediately following the celebration of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday at St. Michael the Archangel and culminate on Divine Mercy Sunday, May 1st at 3:00 p.m. at St. Michael in Suttons Bay.

St. Clement, Pellston

A Holy Hour will take place at 3:00 p.m. on May 1

St. John the Baptist, Alpena

Divine Mercy Devotions will begin at 2 p.m. with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Scripture Reading, Rosary for Peace, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament ending with Veneration of the Divine Image. A potluck dinner and fellowship will follow.

St. Stephen, Lake City

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available from 2:00-3:00 p.m. A Holy Hour for Divine Mercy will be held at 3:00 p.m.

St. Joseph, West Branch

The Divine Mercy Novena will be held at 3:00 p.m. for the nine days from Good Friday, April 22-Saturday, April 30. The prayers will be in St. Joseph Church on all the days of the novena, except for Easter Sunday, which individuals may pray on their own. On Divine Mercy Sunday, May 1, a Holy Hour will be held in the Church beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Listings of parishes hosting Divine Mercy devotions may also be found on the diocesan website at

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