Feast of Divine Mercy celebrates fullness of Christ's Resurrection

The feast of Divine Mercy, or Divine Mercy Sunday, is observed on the octave of Easter and celebrates the fullness of Christ's Resurrection. This year, the feast will be celebrated on April 7.

The feast was initiated by St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun who kept a diary in the early 1900s of Christ's private revelations, telling her of His message of mercy.

Sister Maria Faustina Kowalska wrote that she first saw a vision of Jesus on Feb. 22, 1931. He had rays of mercy streaming from his heart. Christ told her to have an image painted to represent the vision and to write below it, "Jesus, I trust in you!" St. Faustina also wrote in her diary that Christ encourages the faithful to trust in His mercy and turn to Him for that mercy.

St. Faustina died of tuberculosis in 1938 at age 33. Pope John Paul II, now Blessed John Paul II, canonized her in 2000. That same year, the pope declared Divine Mercy Sunday a worldwide feast day. Two years later, he instituted a plenary indulgence for those who participate in the devotion.

To receive the graces of the plenary indulgence on Divine Mercy Sunday, along with the usual conditions (sacramental Confession, Holy Communion, and prayers for the intentions of the pope), the faithful, while in a state of grace and detached from venial sin, are asked to take part in the prayers and devotions the Second Sunday of Easter held in honor of Divine Mercy in any church or chapel, or else they should recite the Our Father and Creed before the Blessed Sacrament adding a devotional prayer to the merciful Lord.

People also are encouraged to pray the novena of Divine Mercy, which begins Good Friday and ends the Saturday before Divine Mercy Sunday; to pray the Divine Mercy chaplet; and to be merciful toward others through words, actions and prayers.

Twenty-seven parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Louis are planning observances for the feast on April 7. They include:

Special celebrations that include Mass:

ASSUMPTION, 329 Station St. in Herculaneum; 1:30 p.m. Apostolate for Family Consecration Divine Mercy video, Confessions, chaplet of Divine Mercy and 3 p.m. Mass with Father Henry Novak, CSSR. Contact Jackie Baumgartner at (636) 931-3503.

CATHEDRAL BASILICA OF ST. LOUIS, Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue in the Central West End; noon Mass, 1 p.m. eucharistic adoration and Confessions; 3 p.m. chaplet of Divine Mercy, ending with Benediction. Contact the rectory at (314) 373-8200.

GOOD SHEPHERD, 703 N. Third St. in Hillsboro; 2 p.m. exposition, veneration of Divine Mercy image and Confessions; 3 p.m. chaplet of Divine Mercy, followed by Mass with Father Christopher Holtmann. Contact Lisa Koch at (314) 691-4944.

HOLY INFANT, 627 Dennison Drive in Ballwin; 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Confessions; 2:15 p.m. Rosary, Divine Mercy chaplet; 3 p.m. Mass with Father Timothy Bannes. Contact Josie Valdeabella at (636) 734-6244 or Joe Pfeifer at (636) 458-8699.

INCARNATE WORD, 13416 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield; 2 p.m. blessing and veneration of Divine Mercy image, exposition, chaplet of Divine Mercy, litany of Divine Mercy and Benediction, ending with 3 p.m. "Hour of Mercy" Mass with Father Christopher Martin. Contact Neosho Stallings at (314) 878-4393.

OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE, 4696 Notre Dame Land in House Springs; blessing of Divine Mercy image during all Sunday Masses (5 p.m. Saturday and 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Sunday); following all Masses, chaplet of Divine Mercy, prayers for the plenary indulgence and litany of Divine Mercy, including veneration of image and first-class relic of St. Faustina. Contact Mary Myers at (636) 274-1717.

ST. ALBAN ROE, 2001 Shepherd Road in Wildwood; 1:30 p.m. exposition, Confessions, Rosary, Sacred Heart litany; 3 p.m. chaplet of Divine Mercy; 3:30 p.m. Mass. Contact Deacon Norm Nuelle at (636) 458-2977.

ST. ANDREW, 309 Hoffmeister Ave. in Lemay; Divine Mercy image will be present during all Sunday Masses (4 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday); chaplet of Divine Mercy and prayers for the plenary indulgence prayed after all Masses. Contact Mary Beth Bettag at (314) 544-3212.

The Alliance of the Two Hearts and St. Andrew Parish also will host a special celebration for Divine Mercy Sunday; 2 p.m. exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Confessions, Rosary, prayers; 3 p.m. chaplet of Divine Mercy, litany of Divine Mercy; 4 p.m. Mass with Bishop Robert J. Hermann. Contact Noel Casino at (314) 283-8950 or visit www.ath-stl.org.

ST. DOMINIC SAVIO, 7748 Mackenzie Road in Affton; 10:30 a.m. Mass, followed by holy hour with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary and chaplet and the litany to the Sacred Heart, ending with Benediction. Elevator available at back parking lot, inside the south doors to the Church. Contact Maureen Wikete at (314) 752-8671;

ST. FERDINAND, 1765 Charbonier Road in Florissant; 1:30 p.m. Divine Mercy celebration; 2 p.m. Confessions and eucharistic adoration; 2:30 p.m. chaplet of Divine Mercy and Benediction; 3 p.m. Mass with Father David Skillman. (Because of construction, enter on side of Church by rectory.) Contact Maggie at (314) 691-9165.

ST. FRANCIS DE SALES ORATORY, 2653 Ohio Ave. in south St. Louis; 10 a.m. High Mass, followed by chaplet of Divine Mercy; Confessions heard all morning. Contact the rectory at (314) 771-3100.

STE. GENEVIEVE, 49 DuBourg Place in Ste. Genevieve; 2 p.m. exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, prayers and Confessions; 2:30 p.m. veneration of Divine Mercy image; 3 p.m. chaplet of Divine Mercy, closing with Benediction; 3:15 p.m. Mass. Contact the rectory at (573) 883-2731.

ST. GEORGE, 4980 Heege Road in Affton; 2-3 p.m. exposition of Blessed Sacrament, Confessions, Rosary, chaplet and Benediction; 3 p.m. Mass with Father Tom Robertson. Contact Mary Ann Courisky at (314) 353-4909.

ST. GIANNA, 450 E. Highway N in Wentzville; Confessions begin at 2:30 p.m. with eucharistic adoration, Rosary, chaplet of Divine Mercy and Benediction, ending with 4 p.m. Mass. Contact Ann Yeager at (636) 928-3497.

ST. JOSEPH, 6020 Old Antonia Road in Imperial; chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed after each morning Mass; 2 p.m. exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by Rosary, Confessions available; 3 p.m. chaplet of Divine Mercy; 3:15 p.m. Mass. Contact Jane Werner at (636) 464-5155.

ST. ROSE PHILIPPINE DUCHESNE, 1210 Paddock Drive in Florissant; Divine Mercy image blessed after all Sunday Masses, and prayers for plenary indulgence offered.; 2 p.m. Mass with Father Robert Brockland, CM; 3 p.m. chaplet of Divine Mercy, ending with Benediction. Contact Paul Horn at (314) 830-0007.

Divine Mercy celebrations without Mass:

ASSUMPTION, 603 Miller St. in New Haven; 2 p.m. exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary; 3 p.m. chaplet of Divine Mercy, ending with Benediction. Contact Carolyn Phillips at (573) 834-5236.

MARY MOTHER OF THE CHURCH, 5901 Kerth Road in Mattese; 3-4 p.m. eucharistic holy hour with Divine Mercy chaplet, ending with Benediction. Contact Pat Dean at (314) 842-1887;

QUEEN OF ALL SAINTS, 6603 Christopher Drive in Oakville; 2-4 p.m. Confessions; 2:30 p.m. eucharistic adoration prayer service, including sung chaplet of Divine Mercy, ending with Benediction; veneration of Divine Mercy image available. Contact Catherine Foster at (314) 846-9381.

SACRED HEART, 17 Ann Ave. in Valley Park; 2 p.m. eucharistic adoration, 2:30 p.m. prayer service with readings, homily and chaplet of Divine Mercy. Contact Teresa Bayer at (636) 226-4034.

ST. BRIDGET, 111 W. Union St. in Pacific; noon-3 p.m. eucharistic adoration, Rosary, chaplet of Divine Mercy, Confessions. Contact the parish office at (636) 271-3993.

ST. FRANCIS BORGIA, 311 W. Second St. in Washington; 2 p.m. exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Confessions, Rosary, chaplet of Divine Mercy, ending with Benediction. Contact Mary Alferman at (636) 239-4923.

ST. JUSTIN MARTYR, 11910 Eddie and Park Road in Sunset Hills; 4 p.m. holy hour. Contact the rectory at (314) 843-8482.

ST. MARGARET MARY ALACOQUE, 4900 Ringer Road in Oakville; 2:30-3:30 p.m. holy hour, including exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Divine Mercy devotions, Confessions and Benediction. Contact Ann Clark at (314) 487-7652.

ST. MARTIN OF TOURS, 610 W. Ripa Ave. in Lemay; 1:30 p.m. Confessions., 2 p.m. holy hour with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Divine Mercy devotions and chanting the chaplet of Divine Mercy. Contact the rectory at (314) 544-5664.

ST. MAURUS, 10198 Hwy B in Biehle; 1 p.m. eucharistic adoration, Confessions, veneration of Divine Mercy image, Rosary, chaplet of Divine Mercy, ending with Benediction at 3 p.m. Contact: Barbara King at (573) 547-8713.

ST. PAUL, 15 Forest Knoll Drive in Fenton; 2:30-3:30 p.m. Confessions, chaplet of Divine Mercy. Contact John Schmees at (636) 343-5899.

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