This weekend we celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter. It is also known as Divine Mercy Sunday. This special understanding evolves from the writings of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska. She spoke of the heart of Jesus which brings mercy to the whole world. We are invited to participate in this experience of redemption by seeking the forgiveness of our sins and receiving the wonder of God’s mercy.
The Divine Mercy Chaplet is prayed on this special day. With the use of a normal rosary, a special prayer is prayed on the 10 beads which traditionally have the Hail Mary and a second special prayer is offered on the Our Father beads. These prayers are: 10 times – “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.” Once (Our Father bead) – “Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.” A concluding prayer is offered after the five decades: “Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.” This is prayed three times.
The chaplet is often prayed at 3:00 p.m. in the afternoon. This time connects with the death of Jesus on the cross. With his death and resurrection came the forgiveness of our sins. We are celebrating the mercy won for us and receiving it through the gift of Divine Mercy Sunday. If you are looking for more information, there are a number of websites, pamphlets and opportunities to join celebrations within our Diocese.
Sharing news about the parish . . .
Hope everyone had a Blessed Easter! Thank you to all the volunteers who helped staff the many ministries of our church and helped to do the decorating for our environment. As always, we could use more help! Consider offering your gifts and time to St. Anne!
Please pray for our children and young adults who are preparing for First Communion and Confirmation. They are approaching the time of further initiation into their faith; support them through encouraging words and prayer!
Diocesan Annual Appeal – Steady progress is inching our way to our Appeal target. We have $70,223 in cash, pledges of $76,686. To reach our target, we still need over $22,000. Please consider helping us to reach our target; we have about two months to raise the remaining dollars!
May the blessings of God be showered upon you this week!