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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 3, 2016. 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!).
Parishes throughout the Diocese of Gaylord that will be offering Divine Mercy Sunday devotions include:
St. Mary Cathedral, Gaylord
Reconciliation will be available from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. A reception will take place in the Parish Hall from 2:00 p.m. until the Divine Mercy Service begins at 3:00 p.m.
St. Mary, Mio
A reception will take place in the Parish Hall beginning at 2:00 p.m. A Holy Hour will begin at 3:00 p.m. and include Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Liturgy of the Word, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, Benediction, and passing through the Holy Door. Reconciliation will also be available beginning at 2:00 p.m.
St. Augustine, Hillman
The Divine Mercy Devotions will take place at 3:00 p.m.
St. Stephen, Lake City
A Holy Hour will begin at 3:00 p.m. with Reconciliation available.
Immaculate Conception, Traverse City
A Holy Hour will begin at 2:30 p.m.
St. Pius X, Hale
Adoration will begin at 3:00 p.m., during which the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed. Reconciliation will also be available.
All Saints Parish, Alpena
A Holy Hour will begin at 2:45 p.m. with adoration and include the Divine Mercy Chaplet at St. Bernard Church. The monthly Year of Mercy Mass will take place at 5:00 p.m.
Holy Childhood of Jesus, Harbor Springs
Exposition and adoration will take place from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., with the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3:00 p.m.
Holy Cross, Cross Village
Exposition and adoration will take place at 3:00 p.m.
Holy Rosary, Cedar
A Holy Hour will begin at 3:00 p.m. and include adoration, a spiritual talk, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and benediction. Reconciliation will also be available. A reception hosted by the Legion of Mary will follow in the Social Hall.
St. Mary/St. Charles, Cheboygan
The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed at 3:00 p.m., followed by excerpts from St. Faustina’s Diary, Benediction, and a consecration to merciful love. A potluck meal will follow in the Parish Hall.
Our Lady of the Lake, Prudenville
The Rosary will be prayed at 7:30 a.m., followed by Reconciliation from 8:15-8:45 a.m. Sunday Mass will begin at 9:00 a.m. At 1:00 p.m., Reconciliation will be available again and followed by Devotions at 2:00 p.m. and the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3:00 p.m.
Cross in the Woods, Indian River
Beginning at 3:00 p.m., the Divine Mercy Devotion and Sung Chaplet will take place in the Eucharistic Chapel.
St. Mary of the Assumption, Charlevoix
Exposition and adoration will take place following the 11:00 a.m. Mass. At 3:00 p.m., the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed, followed by Benediction and the reposing of the Blessed Sacrament.
St. Patrick, Traverse City
A Celebration of Thanksgiving will take place at 3:00 p.m.