Parishes to hold Divine Mercy celebrations April 12

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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 April 12.

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. St. 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. St. John Paul II was canonized on the feast of Divine Mercy in 2014.

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 30 parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Louis plan observances for the feast April 12. 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 10 a.m. with Archbishop Robert Carlson (Divine Mercy image will be in sanctuary), 1 p.m. eucharistic adoration and confessions., 3 p.m. chaplet of Divine Mercy sung, 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, 2:15 p.m. exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary, Litany of the Sacred Heart, 3 p.m. Divine Mercy chaplet and Benediction, 3:30 p.m. Mass celebrated by Father Thomas Vordtriede.

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. Mass celebrated by Father Albert Rotola, SJ.

Our Lady Queen of Peace, 4696 Notre Dame Lane in House Springs; Blessing of Divine Mercy image during Sunday Masses (5 p.m. Saturday and 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Sunday); after 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.

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 Sunday Masses (4 p.m. Saturday and 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday), chaplet of Divine Mercy and prayers for the plenary indulgence will be prayed after Masses.

St. Dominic Savio, 7748 Mackenzie Road in Affton; 11 a.m. Mass, followed by Holy Hour with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary, chaplet, and the Litany to the Sacred Heart, ending with Benediction. No confessions during Holy Hour.

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

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.

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

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

St. Joseph, 6020 Old Antonia Road in Imperial; 1-3 p.m. confessions, 3 p.m. chaplet of Divine Mercy, 3:15 p.m. Mass.

St. Mary Magdalen, 2618 Brentwood Blvd. in Brentwood; 2 p.m. eucharistic adoration, confessions, Rosary, 3 p.m. chaplet of Divine Mercy and prayers, followed by 3:30 p.m. Mass celebrated by Msgr. Michael Witt.

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, 1210 Paddock Drive in Florissant; Divine Mercy image will be blessed after Sunday Masses and prayers for plenary indulgence will be offered, 2 p.m. Mass with Father Robert Brockland, CM, and 3 p.m. chaplet of Divine Mercy, ending with Benediction.

Special Divine Mercy celebrations without Mass

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

Holy Redeemer, 17 Joy Ave. in Webster Groves; 3 p.m. chaplet of Divine Mercy and a brief description of the history of the chaplet.

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.

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

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 and Rosary.

Sacred Heart, 17 Ann Ave. in Valley Park; 2-3:30 p.m. eucharistic adoration, confessions, prayer service with readings, homily and chaplet of Divine Mercy, ending with Benediction.

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 and chanting the Divine Mercy chaplet.

St. Francis of Assisi, 4556 Telegraph Road in Oakville; Confessions 3-4 p.m, eucharistic adoration prayer service at 3 p.m., including sung chaplet of Divine Mercy, ending with Benediction, veneration of Divine Mercy image.

St. Francis Borgia, 412 W. Second St. in Washington; 2 p.m. eucharistic adoration, confessions, Rosary, chaplet of Divine Mercy, closing with 3 p.m. Benediction.

St. Gerard Majella, 1969 Dougherty Ferry Road in Kirkwood; 3-4 p.m. eucharistic adoration with chanting of Divine Mercy chaplet, Litany of Divine Mercy, ending with Benediction, confessions begin at 3 p.m. until all are heard.

St. James, 1107 Summit Drive in Catawissa; noon confessions until all are heard, 12-2 p.m. eucharistic adoration, 2 p.m. chaplet of Divine Mercy, ending with Benediction.

St. Justin Martyr, 11910 Eddie and Park Road in Sunset Hills; 3-4 p.m. eucharistic Holy Hour with chaplet of Divine Mercy, prayers to St. John XXIII and St. 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 of the Divine Mercy chaplet. Deacon James Hoefl will preside.

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