Weekend of April 18/19 – Divine Mercy Sunday

Dear Parishioners,

Today we celebrate the newest and one of the most beautiful major feasts of the Church, the Feast of Divine Mercy. Now I’m not going to focus on the incredible origins of this feast day, the revelations of Jesus to St. Faustina Kowalska in the 1930’s, the fascinating story of how her diary came to the United States, how quickly the devotion spread and the miracles that followed, the obstacles it went through along the way, how JPII made the message of Divine Mercy a central part of his pontificate, the stories of lives changed through the praying of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, or about the powerful encounters of God’s love that have happened to so many through the beautiful image that now hangs in our annex. No, I’m not going to talk about that. But I do strongly recommend you look into it, read about it, and open your heart to this beautiful devotion.

Today, let us simply receive. Look upon this beautiful image of Jesus, who calls you to trust in Him, and let Him love you today. Receive His gaze of love and mercy that is always upon each one of us. Receive His love in Spiritual Communion. Receive His love in the Sacrament of Confession when you are able. Because this feast, is a feast about God’s overwhelming goodness and overwhelming generosity. It is God saying to us, I love my people too much, I love you too much, to allow you to be overcome by the world and by sin. May we take the time today to turn to Jesus, the fount of all Mercy, and receive His love in a new way.

Jesus I trust in you!

Fr. Eric Scanlan

“On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the Fount of My mercy…Let no soul fear to draw near to Me.” – Jesus to St. Faustina