Divine Mercy Sunday offers many blessings to St. Catherine's parishioners

On the first Sunday after Easter, April 12 -- Divine Mercy Sunday, St. Catherine's celebrated the Feast of Divine Mercy. This day of mercy was preceded by the Divine Mercy Novena, which was said at the parish every day for nine days leading to the feast day.

About 60 parishioners gathered at the church for a special holy hour, which included hymns, exposition and adoration of Holy Eucharist, Scripture readings, recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Holy Rosary. According to the Divine Mercies Ministries, this devotion was given to Poland's Saint Faustina by Jesus Himself in 1931 in a message of mercy that she was told to spread throughout the world. In her many visions, Maria Faustina was asked to become the apostle and secretary of God's mercy, a model of how to be merciful to others, and an instrument to announce God's plan of mercy for the world.

Jesus told St. Faustina, "I desire that the whole world know My infinite mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable Graces to those souls who trust in My mercy." (St. Faustina Diary entry 687).

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