Please come and pray the Novena – All are welcome!
– Good Friday April 19 12 Noon in the Pavilion
– Holy Saturday April 20 9:00 am in the Ministry Center Chapel
– Easter Sunday April 21 10:30 am in the Ministry Center Chapel
– Monday April 22 – Friday April 26 Following 9:00 am Mass in the Ministry Center Chapel
– Saturday April 27 9:00 am in the Pavilion
– Special closing: the Chaplet will be sung, followed by a continental breakfast and fellowship.
What is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy?
Saint Faustina was born Helena Kowalska in the village of Glogowiec in Poland, on August 25, 1905. When she was almost twenty, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, whose members devote themselves to the care and education of troubled young women. The following year she received her religious habit and was given the name Sister Maria Faustina. In the 1930s, Sister Faustina re-ceived from the Lord a message of mercy that she was told to spread throughout the world. She was asked to become the apos-tle and secretary of God’s mercy, a model of how to be merciful to others, and an instrument for reemphasizing God’s plan of mercy for the world. The message of mercy that Sister Faustina received is now being spread throughout the world; she has been recognized by the Church as a “Saint”; and her diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul, has be-come the handbook for devotion to The Divine Mercy. She would not have been surprised, for she had been told that the message of God’s mercy would spread through her writings for the great benefit of souls. Through Saint Faustina, Jesus also revealed special ways to live out the response to His mercy–one of which is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, as both a novena and a prayer. As a Novena, the Chaplet is begun on Good Friday and completed on Divine Mercy Sunday, the Sunday following Easter. In her Diary, Jesus told Sr. Faustina, “I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fountain of My mercy, that from there they may draw strength and refreshment and whatever grace they need in the hardships of life, and especially at the hour of death” (Diary, 1209). During each day of the Novena, which is prayed on Rosary beads, Jesus asked that different groups of souls be brought to his merciful heart to receive His graces and the gifts of His mercy.