Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In this week’s bulletin, I wanted to share with you some information about a celebration on the Sunday after Easter. The Second Sunday of Easter is observed as the Feast of Divine Mercy.
What is this Feast? Divine Mercy was revealed through Christ to St. Faustina. St. Faustina was a member of the convent of the congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow, Poland. Our Lord appeared to this nun bringing a wonderful message of mercy for all of mankind. Sister Faustina’s diary cites the different visions she received and their messages.
Jesus told St. Faustina that this Feast of Mercy would be a very special day when “all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened.” Christ made a great promise to all who would go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of His Mercy, now called Divine Mercy Sunday (The Sunday after Easter.)
A plenary indulgence is granted under the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer for the intentions of the Pope) to the faithful who, on Divine Mercy Sunday, in any Church or chapel, in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection of sin, even a venial sin, take part in the prayers and devotions held in honor of Divine Mercy. You are allowed to go to confession 20 days before or after Divine Mercy Sunday to receive this indulgence.
Divine Mercy Catholic Parish (Sacred Heart of Jesus Campus in Schnellville) will be offering confessions this Sunday at 2:00 p.m. with the service to begin at 3:00 p.m.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Gary E. Kaiser