Divine Mercy Sunday and the Novena
We are pleased to announce that we have received permission to publicly celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, 2-3 PM this Sunday at All Saints parking lot. We ask that all attendees park as close to the main entrance of the Church (please remain in your cars) and tune into 98.9 FM.
Fr. Gifford will be leading us in prayer. The hour will include, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Sunday’s Gospel, homily, lay testimony, silence, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and close with a "vehicular procession” to adore Jesus in the Eucharist and venerate the image of Divine Mercy.
Please follow the usher’s direction during the "vehicular procession.” Come and receive the extraordinary grace of Divine Mercy!
Prepare to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday with a Novena!
A novena is nine days of prayer in honor of the Divine Mercy. The 2020 novena begins Good Friday, April 10, and ends Saturday, April 18, the eve of the feast. Jesus asked St. Faustina that the Feast of Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to The Divine Mercy -- nine days of prayer in preparation for the Feast in which we pray the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy each day for a specific group of souls at the direction Jesus.
Our Lord told St. Faustina, "I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fountain of My mercy, that they may draw ... strength and refreshment and whatever grace they need in the hardships of life, and especially at the hour of death" (Diary, 1209).
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MORE ABOUT DIVINE MERCY
In private revelations to Sr. Faustina Kowalska between 1931-1938, our Lord Jesus appeared to the young polish nun under the title "The Divine Mercy." Sr. Faustina (who would later become known as Saint Faustina), chronicled the messages she received from Jesus in her Diary, "Divine Mercy in My Soul." At the heart of Christ's message was an urgent call to the souls of all the faithful for a deeper devotion to God's merciful love. To that end, Jesus further instructed St. Faustina to spread the urgent message of Divine Mercy to whole world as "the best last hope" for the salivation of souls.
Moreover, to encourage and increase devotion to God's merciful love, Jesus asked for a special Feast Day to honor and implore His indescribable mercy. As recorded in St. Faustina’s Diary, Jesus stated "I desire that the First Sunday after Easter be the Feast of Mercy (Diary 299). He further told Faustina that, "I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, especially for poor sinners (Diary 699). In that regard, "No soul will be justified until it turns with confidence to My mercy, and this is why the first Sunday after Easter is to be the Feast of Mercy" (Diary 570).
Today, we refer to the Feast of Mercy as "Divine Mercy Sunday" which the Church celebrates on the first Sunday after Easter -- this year on April 19, 2020. Although our typical Divine Mercy Sunday celebration will be curtailed this year because of the quarantine restrictions in place, the Feast of Mercy will nonetheless be a day of special devotion and prayer for All Saints Parish to honor and implore God's mercy for healing and forgiveness -- virtues in great need throughout the whole world during these difficult times.