Divine Mercy Sunday celebration planned - Catholic Courier

Divine Mercy Sunday celebration planned

Parishes around the world will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday on April 23. At St. Hyacinth Parish in Auburn, the celebration will begin after the 10:30 a.m. Mass with exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and conclude with the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m. The chaplet will be followed by rosary and Benediction. The sacrament of reconciliation will be available after 2 p.m.

In 2000 Pope John Paul II proclaimed the Sunday following Easter to be Divine Mercy Sunday, but this will be the 16th year parishioners and priests have come together at St. Hyacinth’s for the devotion. The roots of Divine Mercy Sunday date back 75 years to 1931, when Jesus is purported to have appeared to Sister Mary Faustina Kowalska in a vision and asked her to create a painting depicting the vision she saw.

The Polish nun painted a picture of Jesus with rays of mercy streaming from his heart, and the words “Jesus, I trust in you” appear at the bottom of the painting. Pope John Paul II canonized Sister Kowalska on April 30, 2000, and in 2002 he announced a plenary indulgence — or remission of the temporal punishment deserved for sins — for those who fully participate in Divine Mercy Sunday.

For more information, contact St. Hyacinth Parish at 315/252-7297.

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