Feast of Divine Mercy

He is risen as He said, alleluia! God bless all of you this Easter. The truth of the Easter Glory dwells in you. The very spirit of the Risen Christ dwells in you. While we long to celebrate God’s love in the assembly in our beautiful Church of St. John the Baptist, let us be consoled by God’s love welling up within us. Our sacrifice now is giving life to the world. As we approach Divine Mercy Sunday, let us also trust God’s mercy flowing through us to the ends of the earth.

For those who are able, please know that I will be in Church hearing confessions on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 6:30-8:00 am. In addition I will hear confessions on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 19, beginning at 12:30 until all have been heard. God bless you with growing faith in Resurrection Life. Behold the Lamb who takes away the sins of the world.

We also have this memo from the Archdiocese regarding plenary indulgences established for the Feast of Divine Mercy:

Many of the faithful have a praiseworthy devotion to Divine Mercy and wish to receive the indulgence established for the feast of Divine Mercy, April 19, 2020. 

In light of the current pandemic, Archbishop Carlson has decreed that the faithful of the Archdiocese of St. Louis may gain plenary indulgences while public masses are suspended without actual confession and communion, provided that they have inner contrition and the resolution to go to these sacraments as soon as possible (cf. Norms for Indulgences, n. 28) following the lifting of the current suspension of public masses. 

This applies to the indulgence attached to the feast of Divine Mercy, and all other plenary indulgences, for as long as public masses are suspended. 

The faithful who cannot pray before the Blessed Sacrament on Divine Mercy Sunday can remember that they, like all the faithful, can gain a plenary indulgence by praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet to “implore from Almighty God the end of the epidemic, relief for those who are afflicted and eternal salvation for those whom the Lord has called to Himself” (Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary March 20, 2020). 

As a reminder, in order to obtain a plenary indulgence, the faithful must, in addition to being in a state of grace: 

  • have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin; 
  • have sacramentally confessed their sins; 
  • receive the Holy Eucharist; 
  • pray for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff. 

Best wishes for a Blessed Triduum and Easter. 

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