Priests share love for Divine Mercy

Father Joseph Classen likely received his first formal introduction to Divine Mercy Sunday as a young associate pastor at Incarnate Word Parish in Chesterfield.

“They have a huge Divine Mercy celebration,” said Father Classen, now an associate pastor at St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in Oakville, which also hosts a special celebration on Divine Mercy Sunday. “We have a strong group of devotees to spread more information on the devotion,” he said of his current parish.

Divine Mercy Sunday, which is always observed on the octave day of Easter, is a celebration of the fullness of Christ’s Resurrection. Some have likened the devotion to a second Baptism, noting that Catholics who participate fully in the devotion can be forgiven their sins and absolved of the punishment for them.

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