Apr 23, 2006

Did your pastor promote Divine Mercy Sunday?

As we know, Jesus Himself told St. Faustina in the 1930's that He wanted the Sunday after Easter every year to be Divine Mercy Sunday. On that day, He pledged, He would open wide the floodgates of His mercy to any and all souls who would call upon Him, even if their sins were as scarlet. "Jesus, I trust in Thee!"

The Church made this feast a universal one a few years ago. The Divine Mercy Sunday privilege we can gain is incredible: If we receive Communion worthily that day, make a worthy Confession within around 20 days before or after, and venerate a Divine Mercy image, we obtain remission of all temporal punishment for our sins. Of course, Jesus demands "deeds of mercy" from us; we must be merciful ourselves.

So, the question is: Did your pastor and assistant priests promote the Feast of Divine Mercy? Did they tell about it in the parish bulletin? Did they mention it in sermons? Did they have it mentioned in the announcements at the end of Mass? Did your parish have a Divine Mercy Celebration?

Hope you have some edifying good news to report from your parish. And if not, maybe you can start a big push for Divine Mercy Sunday in your parish for next year.

Sorry to see, incidentally, that this week's (April 21) issue of The Tidings contained no mention of Divine Mercy Sunday and its magnificent privilege.

10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you really think Cardinal Mahony's newspaper would promote Divine Mercy Sunday.We all better come to reality! The Church in the USA ( Many dioceses) are in schism. Mike.

12:39 AM  
Blogger Clayton said...

Holy Trinity in Atwater had been promoting their Divine Mercy novena / Divine Mercy Sunday event for weeks with posters, t-shirts etc.

Fr. Maurice Harrigan preached on St. Faustina's message on Divine Mercy Sunday, and talked about the ABC's of mercy: ask for mercy, be merciful, and take confidence in God's loving providence.

2:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are two parishes in my town. Due to the efforts of several lay people, Divine Mercy is celebrated and has been for over a decade. The pastors of the parishes are currently on vacation and the parish with the holy hour also scheduled a BBQ at the same time (lets us know how the staff views this devotion) At my parish, I was able to have a double sided insert placed in the bulletin and many pamphlets were ordered. We started the Novena on Good Friday after the stations but the congregation was first dismissed and the sound turned off.

Divine Mercy was preached because a dear retired priest had the Mass.
At the other parish, the people were told to boycott the US in solidarity with the illegals--er, sorry--"undocumented immigrants"

7:20 AM  
Anonymous semperficatholic said...

I just wanted to share the photos at our parish. The Altar for Easter and for Divine Mercy Sunday are awesome. The photos do not do justice to the Sanctuary.
http://www.semperficatholic.com/page7.html

The homily for Divine Mercy Sunday will be posted Friday if anyone cares to read it. It is very good. The weekly homily can be found at this link
http://www.semperficatholic.com/page6.html

God bless

2:05 PM  
Anonymous AMDG said...

St. Peter Chanel Parish in Hawaiian Gardens has an annual all-day Divine Mercy Retreat on the Saturday before Divine Mercy Sunday and it is always extremely well attended (This year was no exception). In addition, the priests are available all day during and after the retreat (8:00 a.m. till about 8:30 p.m.)for Confession. On Divine Mercy Sunday all the homilies center on the topic of Divine Mercy. We are so blessed to have 4 awesome priests and a brother who are true pastors to the parish (run by the Oblates of the Virgin Mary). Thanks be to God!

8:30 PM  
Anonymous David C said...

Yes, Fr. Martin at St. Gerard Majella preached on it, and they have been doing the Novena, and there is a table set out in the nave with various Divine Mercy related items.

The conditions you listed, they are the same as for various other plenary indulgences, no?

10:33 PM  
Anonymous Anthony said...

Absolutely. Then again our Pastor is a rare bird within our Diocese, (he is one of the co-authors of Catholicicsm for Dummies.) He preached about Divine Mercy and St. Thomas and drew them together into a beautiful homily. Of even more import, two weeks before Easter, the layman who is the chair for the Diocesan Divine Mercy Apostolate addressed the congregation at the end of Mass concerning both the Feast and the work of the Apostolate..

11:24 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Everyone,

Thank you very much for the great reports about your parishes. They are edifying, encouraging and just plain fun to hear about.

Hope everyone will foster the Divine Mercy Devotion devotion as you and your parishes do.

5:32 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear David C,

Thanks for your report! And in partial answer to your question: Jesus' instruction to St. Faustina in the 1930's did not use the term, "plenary indulgence," and some theologians have said the Divine Mercy Sunday privilege goes beyond a plenary indulgence.

5:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear L.A. Catholic and SemperfiCatholic

Greetings SemperfiCatholic.

I just accessed your web page and there is an announcement on your site which says the following.

"There will be no Homily for Divine Mercy Snday" as Father Paul is a bit under the weather.

This is what Semperfi Catholic Said.

"just wanted to share the photos at our parish. The Altar for Easter and for Divine Mercy Sunday are awesome.

The photos do not do justice to the Sanctuary.
http://www.semperficatholic.com/page7.html

The homily for Divine Mercy Sunday will be posted Friday if anyone cares to read it. It is very good.

The weekly homily can be found at this link

http://www.semperficatholic.com/page6.html"

Has Father Paul preached awesome Homilies on Divine Mercy Sunday in the past ? I am looking for some.

Regards,

3:32 PM  

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