Parishes to celebrate feast of Divine Mercy April 27

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 27.

The feast was initiated by St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun who kept a diary in the 1930s of Christ's private revelations, telling her of His message of mercy.

St. Faustina 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, who will be canonized this year on the feast of Divine Mercy, 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.

At least thirty-one parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Louis are planning observances for the feast on April 27. They include:

Divine Mercy celebrations including Mass:

Assumption, 329 Station St. in Herculaneum; 1:30 p.m. Apostolate for Family Consecration Divine Mercy video, and confessions, 3 p.m. Mass celebrated by Father Henry Novak, CSSR.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, 4431 Lindell Blvd. in the Central West End; Mass at noon, followed by eucharistic adoration and confessions, 3 p.m. chaplet of Divine Mercy, ending with Benediction.

Good Shepherd, 703 N. Third St. in Hillsboro; 2 p.m. exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, veneration of Divine Mercy image and confessions, 3 p.m. chaplet of Divine Mercy, followed by Mass celebrated by Father Christopher Holtmann.

Holy Infant 627 Dennison Drive in Ballwin; 2 p.m. confessions, 3 p.m. Divine Mercy chaplet, Rosary and litany of Divine Mercy, 4 p.m. Mass. celebrated by Father Edward Stanger.

Incarnate Word, 13416 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield; 2 p.m. blessing and veneration of Divine Mercy image, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Divine Mercy chaplet, litany of Divine Mercy and Benediction, ending with Mass at 3 p.m. celebrated by Father Kristian Teater.

Our Lady Queen of Peace, 4696 Notre Dame Lane 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; 3 p.m. Holy Hour with confessions available.

St. Alban Roe, 2001 Shepard Road in Wildwood; 1:30 p.m. exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, confessions, Rosary, Sacred Heart litany, 3 p.m. chaplet of Divine Mercy, and 3:30 p.m. Mass.

St. Andrew, 309 Hoffmeister Ave. in Lemay; Divine Mercy image will be present during all Sunday Masses (4 p.m. Saturday and 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday) and chaplet of Divine Mercy and prayers for the plenary indulgence will be prayed after all Masses.

St. Dominic Savio, 7748 Mackenzie Road in Affton; 11 a.m. Mass, followed by Holy Hour with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary, Divine Mercy chaplet, and the litany to the Sacred Heart, ending with Benediction. No confessions during Holy Hour. Elevator available at back parking lot, inside the south doors to the church.

St. Ferdinand, 1765 Charbonier Road, in Florissant; 1:30 p.m. confessions, 2 p.m. eucharistic adoration, 2:30 p.m. chaplet of Divine Mercy and Benediction, 3 p.m. Mass celebrated by Father John Nickolai.

St. Francis de Sales Oratory, 2653 Ohio Ave. in south St. Louis; 10 a.m. High Mass, followed by chaplet of Divine Mercy. Confessions will be heard all morning.

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 the Divine Mercy image, 3 p.m. chaplet of Divine Mercy, closing with Benediction. Mass at 3:15 p.m.

St. George, 4980 Heege Road in Affton; 2-3 p.m. exposition of Blessed Sacrament, confessions, Rosary, Divine Mercy chaplet and Benediction, followed by Mass at 3 p.m. celebrated by Father Tom Robertson.

St. Joseph, 1355 Motherhead Road in Cottleville; confessions begin at 2:30 p.m. with adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary, and chaplet of Divine Mercy, followed by Mass at 4 p.m.

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, and 3 p.m. chaplet of Divine Mercy, ending with Benediction.

Divine Mercy celebrations without Mass:

Assumption, 603 Miller St. in New Haven; 2 p.m. exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, confessions and Rosary, 3 p.m. chaplet of Divine Mercy sung, ending with Benediction.

Mary Mother of the Church, 5901 Kerth Road in Mattese; 3-4 p.m. eucharistic Holy Hour with Divine Mercy chaplet, ending with Benediction.

Our Lady of Lourdes, 1014 Madison Ave. in Washington; 2 p.m. exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Divine Mercy prayers and Rosary, ending with Benediction.

Queen of All Saints, 6603 Christopher Drive in Oakville; 2-4 p.m. confessions, eucharistic adoration prayer service at 2:30 p.m., including sung chaplet of Divine Mercy and ending with Benediction, veneration of Divine Mercy image and recitation of the Rosary.

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.

St. David, 2334 Tenbrook Road in Arnold; 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.

St. Francis of Assisi, 4556 Telegraph Road in Oakville; 3-4 p.m. eucharistic Holy Hour with Rosary, chaplet of Divine Mercy and prayers, ending with Benediction.

St. Gerard Majella, 1969 Dougherty Ferry Road in Kirkwood; 3-4 p.m. hour of mercy, eucharistic adoration with chanting of Divine Mercy chaplet, litany of Divine Mercy, ending with Benediction; confessions available and reception following.

St. Joseph, 6020 Old Antonia Road in Imperial; chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed after Masses (4:30 p.m. Saturday and 7, 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Sunday), 2 p.m. exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by Rosary, confessions available, 3 p.m. chaplet of Divine Mercy, ending with Benediction.

St. Justin Martyr, 11910 Eddie and Park Road in Sunset Hills; 4 p.m-5 p.m. eucharistic Holy Hour with chaplet of Divine Mercy, prayers to Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, and vespers ending with Benediction.

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.

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. Bishop Robert J. Hermann will preside.

St. Mary of Perpetual Help, 1587 Highway AM in Villa Ridge; 12-2 p.m. eucharistic adoration with Divine Mercy prayers, confessions available, ending with Benediction.

St. Maurus, 10198 Highway B in Biehle; 1 p.m. eucharistic adoration, confessions, veneration of Divine Mercy image, Rosary and chaplet of Divine Mercy, ending with Benediction at 3 p.m.

St. Paul, 15 Forest Knoll in Fenton; 3-4 p.m. confessions and chaplet of Divine Mercy.

St. Vincent de Paul, 1000 Rosati Court in Perryville; 2 p.m. eucharistic adoration, chaplet of Divine Mercy, 3 p.m. Benediction, and confessions following Benediction.

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