Plenary Indulgence on Divine Mercy Sunday * April 23

Plenary Indulgence on Divine Mercy Sunday * April 23

Begin Novena * Good Friday, April 14

All Holy Masses on Sunday, April 23, are Divine Mercy Masses.

However, the 1:30PM Holy Mass will conclude with Exposition, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and Benediction at 3:00PM.

HOW SHOULD WE PREPARE FOR THIS GREAT FEAST of MERCY?

 

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". (Diary 699) Our Lord made a great promise to all those souls who would go to Confession and then receive Him in Holy Communion on the Feast of Mercy - the Sunday after Easter, which is now called Divine Mercy Sunday. Jesus promised that "The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain the complete forgiveness of sins and punishment." (Diary 699). To observe this feast, we should commence a Novena to the Divine Mercy on Good Friday. The Novena includes special intentions for each day and is concluded with the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

 

Thus, to fittingly observe the Feast of Mercy, we should…

 Celebrate the Feast on the Sunday after Easter

 Come to Jesus with a humble and contrite heart, repenting of all your sins. Go to confession (with a priest)

20 days before or after the feast, as approved by the Church.

 Receive Holy Communion on the Day of the Feast of Divine Mercy. (D 1072)

 Venerate the image of Divine Mercy on the Feast of Divine Mercy. (Diary 47, 48 & 49)

 Be merciful as God is merciful. Practice works of Mercy, physically by helping others or spiritually by your

prayers of intercession.

 Be open to receive a Plenary Indulgence as Jesus promised: that of forgiveness of all sin and punishment;

which is available to you on the Feast of Divine Mercy. (D 699). In simple terms this means that if we go

to Confession and receive Holy Communion, we can obtain the total forgiveness of all sins and their due

punishment. This means we would go straight to Heaven!

 To venerate a sacred image or statue simply means to perform some act or make some gesture of deep religious

respect toward it because of the person whom it represents — in this case, our Most Merciful Savior.

In His revelations to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, Jesus made mention of His desires concerning the Feast of Mercy (Divine Mercy Sunday) on 14 different occasions. The most comprehensive revelation can be found in entry 699 of the Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska:

My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day 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. Everything that exists has come forth from the very depths of My most tender mercy. Every soul in

its relation to Me will contemplate My love and mercy throughout eternity. The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter.

Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy.