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Divine Mercy Sunday

The Archdiocese of New Orleans and The Apostles of The Divine Mercy cordially invite you to celebrate the grace-filled Feast the Second Sunday of Easter, or of The Divine Mercy at St. Joseph Church at 1802 Tulane Ave., New Orleans on April 8, 2018.

Priests will be available for Confession beginning at 1:00 pm until Mass time. Mass at 3:00 pm with Archbishop Emeritus Alfred Hughes as celebrant. Eucharistic Adoration and Rosary will begin at 1:30 pm. The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy will be sung at 2:30 pm. There will be a blessing with a first class relic of St. Maria Faustina and a life-size image of Jesus, The Divine Mercy, will be available for veneration.

In response to the request of Jesus to St. Faustina, The image of Jesus, The Divine Mercy, is to honored and venerated on the Feast of Mercy. It is a visual reminder of all that Jesus did for us through his Passion, Death, and Resurrection...and a reminder also that we are to trust in Him and be merciful to others in return.
Jesus promised St. Faustina that those who received Holy Communion in a state of grace on Divine Mercy Sunday would receive"the complete remission of sins and punishment"(Diary 699). The theologian who examined St. Faustina's writings for the Holy See, Rev. Ignacy Rozycki, explained that this is the promise of a complete renewal of baptismal grace, and in that sense it is like a "second Baptism." Fr. Rozycki wrote:"...the remission of all sins and punishment is only found in the sacramental grace of Baptism. In the promises cited, Christ made the remission of all sins and punishment contingent on the reception of Holy Communion on the Feast of Divine Mercy. In other words, in this regard, He raised [the Holy Communion on Divine Mercy Sunday]
to the rank of a second Baptism. It is obvious in order to effect a complete forgiveness of sin and the punishment the Holy Communion received on the Feast of The Divine Mercy must not only be partaken of worthily, but it must also fulfill the basic requirements of The Divine Mercy devotion. However, received unworthily, without trust in Divine Mercy and devoid of some deed of mercy toward neighbor, it would be a contradiction of devotion to The Divine Mercy. instead of the exceptional grace, it would bring on the recipient the Divine Justice...".

"Our Lord's promise of complete forgiveness is a reminder that He is truly present and truly alive in the Eucharist, filled with love for us and waiting for us to turn to Him with trust. it is also a call for us to be washed clean through Confession and Holy Communion-no matter how terrible our sins-and begin our lives again."

Jesus requested that the Feast of The Divine Mercy be preceded by a novena consisting of the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. The chaplet can be said anytime, but the Lord specifically asked that it be recited as a novena, especially on the nine days before the Feast of The Divine Mercy. And He promised, "By this Novena (of Chaplets) I will grant every possible grace to souls."(Diary 796)

Earlier Event: April 7
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Later Event: April 8
Feast of Divine Mercy