Divine Mercy Sunday

 My dear parishioners and friends of our parish community: Jesus Christ Is Risen! Alleluia! Alleluia! He is truly Risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!

 In the long history of the Catholic Church, today, the Sunday after the Glorious Easter Sunday, has always been special and dear to Christians. Today is the Second Sunday of Easter, the Octave Day of Easter (Sunday in White), because the newly baptized put aside their white baptismal garments. Now, since the Great Jubilee Year 2000 A.D., through decree of Pope John Paul II, the Sunday after Easter is known as DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY.

 Our Risen Lord, Jesus Christ, in a series of private revelations to St. Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun (1905-1938), asked for prayers and work towards establishing a feast of the Divine Mercy on the second Sunday after Easter. It is a day that celebrates the Paschal mystery and focuses on God’s covenant of mercy, a day of complete forgiveness and pardon, a day of atonement. All our sins and the punishment due to them are atoned for. “On that day, the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon 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 (Diary of St. Faustina #699).

 We can celebrate this DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY by going to Confession and by receiving Holy Communion on this day. We can honor the mercy of the Lord by venerating the image of the merciful Jesus, by our prayers (e.g. the Chaplet of Divine Mercy), making a special Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament and our works of mercy. In His revelations, Jesus asked for special, daily remembrance at 3:00 in the afternoon, the hour in which He died for us.

 St. Faustina’s world was troubled; like her, we live in troubled times! The only source of peace in this world is the mercy of God. What is the essence of this day? TRUST IN JESUS and BE MERCIFUL TO OTHERS. “JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU!”

 God continues to speak a word of mercy to every generation. Through the Catholic Church and its shepherds, through holy men and women, the Saints, God has chosen His vessels. Jesus spoke to St. Faustina of His mercy and the way He wants us to respond to it. To learn more how YOU can, go to www.thedivinemercy.org , or to our own parish website. Turning to and imploring God’s mercy is the answer to this troubled world. St. Faustina, pray for us!

Jesus, I TRUST IN YOU!
Devotely and always,
Father Jim 
  SaintJohnChurchMiddletown.com  

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