The Chaplet and Novena will continue to be prayed at the church each day from Easter Sunday through Fri., April 21 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 22 at 5:00 p.m. (BEFORE the 5:30 Mass)
The novena prayers and chaplet can be recited at any time of the day during the 9 days, and anywhere. You do not have to be at church to participate.
The Novena is NOT required to obtain a Plenary Indulgence on Mercy Sunday.
THE FEAST OF DIVINE MERCY
will be solemnly celebrated at Church on the Sunday after Easter (April 23rd) at 3:00 p.m. Families are encouraged to attend together.
The service will last approximately 1 hour & will include:
- Blessing of the Mercy Image
- Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
- Praying of the Divine Mercy Chaplet
- Eucharistic Procession and Benediction
- Veneration of the Mercy Image with the offering of private petitions
- Blessing of any religious articles that are brought
Confession will be available beginning at 1:30 pm.
A reception will follow in the social hall. Please bring a light finger food/dessert to share.
A plenary indulgence, may be granted under the usual conditions: sacramental confession (2 weeks before or after the Feast), Eucharistic Communion on the Feast and prayer for the intentions of our Holy Father, to the faithful who, on the Second Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday, in any church or chapel, in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for a 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!)”. This can be applied to your own punishment due to sin or to someone deceased who may be in purgatory.
The Novena and Chaplet are not reserved only for these nine days of the year. They can and should become a part of our daily prayer life, and especially prayed for the sick and dying.
In gratitude for God’s mercy, we are encouraged to practice the Works of Mercy, in addition to these prayers.
CCC 2447 *: “The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities. Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently.
The corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead. Among all these, giving alms to the poor is one of the chief witnesses to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God.” * Catechism of the Catholic Church