The Divine Mercy ministry meets every Monday evening at 7:00pm upstairs in Christopher Hall. Our cenacle is based on exposure to the Diary of St. Faustina and prayer. We invite you to join us at anytime.
For more information on the cenacle or Divine Mercy, contact Stan Harmen (210) 495-4144 or Annette Kurburski (210) 404-9991.
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy
The Divine Mercy Chaplet is a prayer of special power. Our Lord said to St. Faustina: Encourage souls to say the Chaplet which I have given you…Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death…When they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the Merciful Savior…Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation.
The Divine Mercy Novena
The Novena to the Divine Mercy focuses on the needs of the whole world and not just on our own personal needs. We can pray the Novena at any time, but it is especially appropriate on the nine days before Mercy Sunday. We will begin the Novena on Good Friday.
The Hour of Great Mercy
During the Three O’clock Hour, we are asked to commemorate the Hour of Great Mercy at three in the afternoon when Jesus died for our sins. We are asked to immerse ourselves in the Passion of Jesus by taking some time for prayer. This is a particularly appropriate time for praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Novena.
Jesus had St. Faustina record the following in diary entry 1320: "At three o’clock implore My mercy especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy for the whole world…In this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion (1320). In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking; it was the hour of grace for the whole world – mercy triumphed over justice (1572)."
The Divine Mercy Image
The Divine Mercy Image of Jesus shows pale and red rays streaming from His side. These rays symbolize the Blood and Water that flowed from His side while He was on the cross. But, in His appearance to St. Faustina, they have been transformed into glorious rays, revealing a fount of healing graces for sinners who will turn to Him with trust. That is why the image always bears the inscription “Jesus, I Trust In You!”. The image is to be venerated on Divine Mercy Sunday.
Divine Mercy Sunday
On Divine Mercy Sunday (Sunday after Easter), the slate can be wiped clean!
Among all of the elements of devotion to The Divine Mercy requested by our Lord through St. Faustina, the Feast of Mercy holds first place. Divine Mercy Sunday is the title of the second Sunday of the Easter season. It was named by Pope John Paul II at the canonization of Saint Maria Faustina in April of 2000 and then was officially decreed by the Vatican.
Our Lord revealed to St. Faustina His desire to flood us with His graces on this Feast day. Reflect on each of the promises and desires that He expressed about Divine Mercy Sunday, which are recorded in entry 699 of the Diary of St. Faustina – the main passage about the Feast of Mercy:
"The soul that will go to Confession (20 days before or after) and receive Holy Communion (on that day) shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment."
"I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon souls who approach the Fount of My Mercy (the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist)."
"On that day, all the divine floodgates through which graces flow and the very depths of My tender mercy are wide open."
"Let no soul fear to draw near to me, even though its sins be as scarlet."
These promises and desires point to an amazing flood of graces that are available on Mercy Sunday, including complete forgiveness of sins and punishment! The slate can be wiped clean, and we can be granted a fresh start in life. It can be your second Baptism!
Jesus states in entry 965 of the Diary: "Souls perish in spite of My bitter Passion. I am giving them the last hope of salvation; that is, the Feast of My Mercy. If they will not adore My Mercy, they will perish for all eternity. Secretary of My Mercy, write, tell souls about this great mercy of Mine, because the awful day, the day of My justice is near."