Mercy Sunday in Stockbridge, MA
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"250 people came to confession after this flyer was distributed in our Sunday bulletin on Palm Sunday! Our pastor was overjoyed!" Approved by Father Seraphim Michalenko, MIC, you can download this Divine Mercy Sunday flyer here, copy and insert it into your church bulletin on Palm Sunday with your Pastor's permission. The flyer can be printed 2 sided as a 5.5 x 8.5 (half page) flyer to fit the bulletin. You can read the full text below.
Our Lord told St. Faustina He wanted a solemn Feast of Mercy celebrated the first Sunday after Easter throughout the entire Church. Our late Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, proclaimed it a feast for the entire Church. If we listen carefully to the message that Jesus told Faustina, we will see that this feast is of great importance to mankind. He tells us we are living in a period where there is a last chance for Mercy, and that after this will come the Day of Justice. By instituting this Feastday, and canonizing the instrument of this message, Sister Faustina, the Church has ratified this message. This is astounding in its gravity and importance. How do we get ready for such a thing? Are we to become frightened? Of course not! Jesus tells us He is Mercy itself. He is Love! He tells us we are to get ready by using the sacraments He gave us, Confession and Communion, to cleanse our souls continuously. He tells us to have confidence in His Mercy, no matter how badly we have led our lives. He tells us to pray the Chaplet, to meditate on His Passion, and to practice Mercy to our fellow man. And He gives us this day, Divine Mercy Sunday, in which, if we prepare properly, we will receive complete remission of our sins and the punishment due them. (see diary 699, below) God is offering us the olive branch of peace with the Feast of Mercy. If we want peace, we must turn to His Mercy, and away from all that is not God. For more in-depth information on the Feast of Mercy, please check out the Oceans of Mercy Retreat DVD, in which Father Seraphim speaks more than an hour on the topic of the feast day.
The Sunday after Easter is now officially Divine Mercy Sunday - how should I prepare for this great Feastday?
In Rome on April 30, 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized Sister Faustina Kowalska of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy of Poland, ratifying one of the most hopeful messages ever given to the Universal Church. Sister Faustina was a mystic who received extraordinary graces from God, including visits from Our Lord, our Blessed Mother, the angels and the saints.
In her convent cell in Plock, on February 22, 1931, Jesus said to her: “Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You. I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and [then] throughout the world.” (Diary 47) He then said, “I want this image, which you will paint with a brush, to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter; that Sunday is to be the Feast of Mercy.” (Diary 49)
Jesus then said He wanted this Image venerated, “first in your chapel, and then throughout the world”. He told her He desired a new feastday to be celebrated throughout the entire Church, and it was to be called the “Feast of Mercy”.
Jesus told Faustina that this Feast would be a day when “all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened”. (Diary 699) Jesus made a great promise to all those who would go to confession and receive Holy Communion on the second Sunday of Easter, saying: “The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. (699) I want to grant a complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My mercy.” (Diary 1109)
Today we want to bring Our Lord’s great promise to the attention of our parishioners, and to encourage our parish family to take advantage of this extraordinary grace this year by 1) sincere repentance and going to confession sometime between now and the second Sunday of Easter, 2) receiving Holy Communion on the day 3) being merciful to others through actions, words or prayers on their behalf.
The Image of The Divine Mercy will be blessed and displayed in front of the altar at all the Masses on that day. The Holy Father said the Image represents the Risen Christ bringing Mercy to the whole world. Please take a moment and, with gratitude and trust in God’s Mercy, recall the mystery of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord while viewing the image. In this way, the Image will be venerated as Our Lord has asked: “I want the image to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, and I want it to be venerated publicly so that every soul may know about it". (Diary 341)
Regarding this Image, Jesus told Faustina: "Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You. I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and [then] throughout the world. I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish. I also promise victory over [its] enemies already here on earth, especially at the hour of death. I Myself will defend it as My own glory. I am offering people a vessel with which they are to keep coming for graces to the fountain of mercy. That vessel is this image with the signature: "Jesus, I trust in You." (Diary entries 47, 48, 49, 327)
Of the Feastday, Jesus said: “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 grace 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.” (Diary 699)
Please take advantage of this extraordinary grace - the complete forgiveness of sins and punishment by approaching the “fount of Mercy”, Holy Communion on that Sunday and the sacrament of reconciliation with true compunction, sometime between now and the Feastday. In these very troubled times, “it is important that we trust in the whole message that comes to us from the word of God on this second Sunday of Easter, which from now on throughout the Church will be called “Divine Mercy Sunday”. - Pope John Paul II, 4/30/2000.
“Ordinarily, only the sacrament of Baptism effects in the soul the ‘complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.’ Reception of the Eucharist in a state of grace ordinarily remits only venial sin, while strengthening the soul against both venial and mortal sin (Catechism, 1394-1395). But on Mercy Sunday reception of Holy Communion worthily and with trust in God's Mercy pours out upon the soul a complete renewal of baptismal grace.” - Rev. Ignacy Rozycki, STD, Former Member of the Holy See’s International Theological Commission.
Excerpts in red taken from the Diary of St. Faustina, ©1987 Marians of the Immaculate Conception, Stockbridge, MA.
Written by Jim Mattingly, President of Mercy Films, Inc., and reviewed by Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC, and Fr. Kazimierz Chwalek, MIC.
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Every Friday night at the Little Sisters of the Poor chapel in Enfield, CT, between 50 and 80 people gather to pray for God's mercy on the world. Our format, over 5 years in practice, is now spreading to other parishes and congregations. Consisting of Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet with readings from the diary of St. Faustina, a half hour of silent adoration, hymns and Benediction, this format works well for larger groups. Start one in your parish!
An interactive program covering every major aspect of The Divine Mercy Message and Devotion, presented by today’s leading Divine Mercy experts. Filmed at a retreat for clergy at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA. Produced by the John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy in conjunction with Mercy Films, Inc.
At times Our Lord puts our love and trust to the test in difficult ways, and Mary's story is one of heroic courage and love as she takes God at His word, extending mercy and forgiveness at a time when she could have very well called for the death penalty.
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