St. Mary's Catholic Church

St. Mary's Catholic Church

Devotion to the Divine Mercy

Jesus chose a Polish nun, Sister Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938) to be his Apostle and Secretary of his Divine Mercy.  Jesus revealed to Sister Faustina (through a number of visions) his desire to pour out his infinite mercy upon human souls, especially the greatest sinners.  Jesus asks that we respond to his mercy by trusting in him and by being merciful to others. The devotion to the Divine Mercy flows from the life and spiritual writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska. Through St. Faustina, Jesus provided new channels for the outpouring of his grace.

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Divine Mercy Events at St. Mary's

Divine Mercy Novena

We will pray the Divine Mercy Novena as a parish (see schedule below) leading up to Divine Mercy Sunday.  The Novena can also  be prayed at home.  The Novena will be prayed, starting on Good Friday, at 5:30 p.m. each day, except the Monday & Saturday we have 5:30 Mass.  On Monday we will pray the Novena after the 5:30 Mass, on Saturday we will pray it at 5:00 before Mass.




Good Friday

5:30 p.m.


Holy Saturday

5:30 p.m.


Easter Sunday

5:30 p.m.


Monday after Easter

6:00 p.m. (after 5:30 Mass)


Tuesday after Easter

5:30 p.m.


Wednesday after Easter

5:30 p.m.


Thursday after Easter

5:30 p.m.


Friday after Easter

5:30 p.m.


Saturday after Easter

5:00 p.m. (before Mass)


Divine Mercy Sunday 

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Confessions (an opportunity for the fallen away to return)

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.   pdf Divine Mercy Prayer Service (478 KB) pdf   (478 KB)

An hour of prayer and adoration, which will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Divine Mercy Sunday.   Service will include:

    • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
    • Reading from Scripture followed by a reflection
    • Readings from the diary of St. Faustina
    • Veneration of the Image of Divine Mercy
    • Praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy
    • Benediction

The Promise to All Souls Observing Divine Mercy Sunday

On one occasion, I heard these words: 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. [Diary 699]

Plenary Indulgence Granted for Divine Mercy Sunday.

On June 13, 2002 Pope John Paul II granted a plenary indulgence for Divine Mercy Sunday.  Conditions given for this plenary indulgence:

1.    Sacramental Confession (preferably before Divine Mercy Sunday)

2.    Reception of Holy Communion (on Divine Mercy Sunday)

3.    Prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff (Our Father, Hail Mary, and a Glory Be.)

4.    Participation in the prayers and devotions held in honor on Divine Mercy on Divine Mercy Sunday, in any church or chapel, in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for a sin, even a venial sin. [Instead of participating in the prayers and devotions held in honor of Divine Mercy, a person, who in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed or reserved in the tabernacle, recite the Our Father and the Creed, adding a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!");]

How to Pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Use an ordinary Rosary.

Begin with:  Our Father...,  Hail Mary..., The Apostles’ Creed.

Then on the Our Father Beads recite: Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

On the Hail Mary Beads recite: For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.

In conclusion, recite  three times: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.