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Divine Mercy Sunday is approaching on April 23rd. How does your parish celebrate this blessed day? Does your priest place emphasis on it? Well, a friend of mine created a beautiful website to help our shepherds prepare for this amazing feast day, and I wanted to pass it on to all of you.
Rather than paraphrase, I'll let her explain since she does it so beautifully:
As you might know, Divine Mercy Sunday is quickly approaching--it's the Sunday after Easter. Anyone who has received the graces attached to Divine Mercy Sunday knows what a life-altering day it is each year. Jesus told Saint Faustina:
"Whoever approaches the Fount of Life on this day will be granted complete remission of sins and punishment." (Diary, 300)
I learned about it through the Diary of Saint Faustina and Catholic radio, though had never heard about it from my priest. I don't blame him. Our priests are completely overburdened nowadays, it's no wonder that many are unable to keep up with the newer Feast Days when they're added to the liturgical calendar. But Jesus has powerful promises for priests who proclaim His mercy, saying in the Diary of St. Faustina:
"Hardened sinners will repent on hearing their words when they speak about My unfathomable mercy, about the compassion I have for them in My Heart. To priests who proclaim and extol My mercy, I will give wondrous power; I will anoint their words and touch the hearts of those to whom they will speak." (Diary, 1521)
So, wanting to help our priests out, I created a website that offers simple ways to help them bring Divine Mercy to their people. DivineMercyMessage.com offers homily aids that can help them plan their sermons, and fliers that can be printed and stuffed in bulletins or hung around the church.
The idea is that priests can explain Divine Mercy Sunday during their Easter Masses, hopefully enticing all of the "Easter-only" Catholics to come back the following week to have all of their sins and punishment forgiven! And perhaps after that they'll come back every Sunday!
Last year I visited nine neighboring parishes and dropped off letters explaining this website, as well as samples of the bulletin inserts and homily prompts. One priest kindly emailed me the following week, saying, "It helped me prepare my preaching. Very kind of you. Keep up the good work."
This year I'm hoping we can help even more priests proclaim Jesus' message of Divine Mercy:
"On that day, priests are to tell everyone about My great and unfathomable mercy.” (Diary, 570)
If you're able, could you mention DivineMercyMessage.com to your priest? I created a very simple "Letter for Priests" that you could print, sign, and give him, if you like. Just visit the Share the Message page of the website
I truly encourage you to approach your priest with this info...he may truly be grateful to have the help and encouragement, potentially providing great spiritual benefits to your parish.
And, if you haven't had much experience with the beauty of Divine Mercy Sunday, I highly encourage you to check out the website as well. This is a feast given to us by Our Lord, Himself, and it is a blessing to know His purpose and plan for all of us on this day!
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