| Meaning of the Feast of Mercy
and Divine Mercy Sunday
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. The Lord's will with regard to its establishment was expressed on Good Friday 1937, when Jesus requested that St. Faustina make a special novena before the Feast of Mercy, from Good Friday through the following Saturday. He, Himself, dictated the intentions for each day. By means of a specific prayer, she was to bring to His Heart a different group of souls each day and thus immerse them in the ocean of His Mercy, begging the Father — on the strength of Jesus' Passion — for graces for them.
Through the sacrifice of Jesus and through His Resurrection from the dead, He paid the price for your sins. Those who believe in Jesus will never have their sins counted against them by God (Romans 4:8).
It is a pity for many of us that our family members (spouses, parents, children and other relatives) or friends are far away from God. It is a pity, because you know very well the consequences in the life to come. They have to pay a price for leading a life without God.
God very much wants us to become converted — to be one of His converts. He wants us not only to learn but to practice His way of life and become sincerely and thoroughly committed to it. He promises us help if we willingly follow His instructions. Through His Spirit He will empower us to "put on the new man which [is] created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness" (Ephesians 4:24). His purpose is to change us, to convert us from the inside, from the heart.
Those who are far away from God are very often stubborn and don't like to change their lives. They need our help, our prayers.
The Easter Octave is the best time to pray for their conversion. This is the week before Divine Mercy Sunday.
During this Easter Week, St. Margaret Mary Parish, 1219 Excelsior Ave., Oakland, (www.stmargmaryoak.org) will celebrate Novena (nine) Masses for the conversion of all sinners who are far away from God and His Church. May they change their lives, repent for their sins and come closer to God. Our prayers can save their eternal life.
We will pray for their intentions, and their names will be entered in the Book of Prayer for the conversion of sinners. That book will be placed in our church next to the Divine Mercy picture.
We will start this Novena of Divine Mercy at 3 p.m. on Good Friday, March 29. Every day from Good Friday until the First Sunday after Easter, April 7, when we recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. At 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, the Blessed Sacrament will be exposed for private adoration. The Sacrament of Confession will be administered during that time. At 3 p.m. we sing the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. After Benediction, Mass will be celebrated. Please invite your relatives and friends to celebrate this Feast of Divine Mercy with us.
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