This Sunday, April 28th, we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday culminating Easter Week and Octave. Confessions are held from 1:30-2:15 pm. As a reminder, any confession celebrated within about 20 days prior counts as fulfilling the requirements for the Divine Mercy Sunday indulgence and there is no need to go to confession on that day, unless in the state of mortal sin. The Chaplet will be prayed at 2:15 pm, followed by the Solemn Concelebrated Mass at 2:30 pm. Immediately after it people will be invited to individually venerate true First Class relics of St. Faustina, Pope St. John Paul II, and Blessed Father Michael Sopocko. A light social will follow. This Feast is a unique opportunity given to the faithful by Christ Himself as presented in the Diary of St. Faustina to obtain a grace of the total forgiveness of sins and remission of temporal punishments (no purgatory) for ourselves now and special graces for souls in purgatory. This is the time of God’s Mercy upon us.
This year our parish will host a parish mini-Easter Divine Mercy Retreat on Sunday, May 5, and Monday, May 6th. Holy Hour will be held at 3-4 pm on Sunday and talks at 3-4 pm and 7-8 pm on both Sunday and Monday. Two Sisters of Merciful Jesus (ZSMJ), Sr. Emily and Sr. Paula from Canada and Poland, will lead us in prayer, conference talks, and devotions. The theme is the Divine Mercy, Blessed Michael Sopocko, and the introduction to the Diary of St. Faustina. They recently started a new ministry in the US in Pittsburg, PA, and they are members the same original congregation started by Blessed Sopocko in Poland to fulfill the desire expressed by Jesus to St. Faustina, as she described in her Diary. They will introduce themselves and the retreat theme at all the weekend Masses on May 4-5. A free will offering will be accepted.
The Catholic Charities 2019 Appeal continues. Thank you for all the past support and I strongly encourage all to support this year’s appeal to help the needy. It is important that our parish code number “0507” is selected or marked so we get proper credit for your contribution. We are grateful to all who made donations to date, raising 41% of the parish’s goal of $34,000.
A new DVD group study “The Mass” narrated by Bishop Robert Barron are held at our parish on all Thursdays of the Easter Season, started on April 25th, at 7:00 pm. Registration form is on page 5. All are welcome. Please bring it back to the parish office or just come to the meeting this Thursday.
There is a good scientific and health reason to come to church on Sundays this Easter Season. “Studies have shown that attending religious services regularly can make a difference in how long a person lives. Amazingly, a 2010 study in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior followed 3,617 people for seven years and found that those who attended religious services at least once a month reduced their risk of death by about one-third! As a group, the attendees had a longer life expectancy, with an impact about as great as that of moderate physical activity.” (https://draxe.com/healing-prayer)
Have a Happy and Healthy Easter.