Divine Mercy Sunday – April 28, 2019
HOLY HOUR & CONFESSION (Pallotti Chapel): 2-3pm
RECITATION OF THE DIVINE MERCY CHAPLET: 3pm
Saint John Paul II instituted this feast day for the entire Church in the year 2000, and he was influenced by the writings of a Polish nun, Saint Faustina, who encountered the Risen Lord and wrote about it. Her diary contains beautiful passages about the deep mercy of Jesus’ heart. In one passage, Our Lord tells St. Faustina that on the Second Sunday of Easter, the feast of Divine Mercy, “…all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity.”
The Church attaches special graces to those who pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet on Divine Mercy Sunday, receive the Eucharist that day, who entrust themselves to God’s incredible mercy, and who also receive the Sacrament of Penance/Confession soon after. This Sunday, from 2-3pm in the Pallotti Chapel, we will have a special Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Holy Hour with Confessions and the recitation of the Chaplet at 3pm to celebrate Divine Mercy.
St. Faustina’s diary includes passages describing the praying of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, which is recommended every Friday at 3pm, the hour of Jesus’ mercy and his death on the Cross. Our Lord told St. Faustina, “Say unceasingly this chaplet that I have taught you. Anyone who says it will receive great Mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners as the last hope. Even the most hardened sinner, if he recites this Chaplet even once, will receive grace from My Infinite Mercy. I want the whole world to know My Infinite Mercy. I want to give unimaginable graces to those who trust in My Mercy....When they say this Chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person not as the just judge but as the Merciful Savior".