11 December 2013|
This week we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. It will truly be a special day because on the same day two great popes will be canonized, John XXIII and John Paul II. Pope John Paul II had been called the great Mercy pope during his papacy for the manner in which he conducted his ministry, with the most memorable act of mercy being the swift visitation and forgiveness of the man who tried to assassinate him.
In the year 2000 John Paul declared Sr. Faustina Kowalska a saint, the first saint of the new millennium and he also declared the octave day of Easter to officially be known as Divine Mercy Sunday. As we know, Christmas and Easter are celebrated as octaves with the 8th and final day being an exclamation point to end those amazing High Solemnities in our liturgical year. The fruit of Easter is indeed Mercy from God.
To celebrate, we are joining with Holy Redeemer and St. John Daylight parishes at St. Philip Parish this Sunday at 2:30pm. It will be a beautiful time of Eucharistic Adoration, singing of the chaplet of Divine Mercy, and an opportunity to go to confession. We will be blessing a new image of Divine Mercy as well. All are welcome to come and pray with us as we reflect on the great gift of Mercy that God has bestowed upon us through the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus.