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DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY


The Catholic Church celebrates this Sunday as Divine Mercy Sunday. It was first established by Pope St. John Paul II at the Canonization of St. Faustina on April 30, 2000. His successor, Pope Benedict XVI emphasized the importance of the Divine Mercy stating that it is an integral dimension of a Christian’s faith and prayer.

On this Sunday the Catholics are expected to reflect and praise the “merciful and gracious Lord (Psalm 111:4), who, out of great love with which He loves us (Ephesians 2:4), … gave us His Only-begotten Son as our Redeemer…”

The Divine Mercy Sunday has become important, because Jesus told St. Faustina that it was His desire that we celebrate this special feast. St. Faustina has written in her diary, as having heard what Jesus spoke to her: “On that day the very depths of My Tender Mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon these souls who approach the Fount of My mercy [the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist] … Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet…” Through His Mercy, we receive a new source of joy, a new relationship with Him.

Sacred Heart Parish in Polonia is having a special celebration with Adoration after the Mass till 3:30 p.m. with possibilities to make confession. If you have some free time, you could go experience the Divine Mercy.

 

God bless you

Fr. Arul Joseph V.


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CHRIST IS RISEN, ALLELUIA!

With joy-filled heart, we celebrate the glorious event that Christ is risen. “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalm 118:24).  Celebrating the victory over death, gained for us by Our Lord Jesus Christ, we contemplate the joy of our ultimate victory over death at the end of our journey on earth.

Our Holy Redeemer, Jesus Christ, has conquered death and all that weakens the Divine life in us. We celebrate it not only on Easter Sunday but also every Sunday. Gathering at the table of God’s Word and the Eucharist, we celebrate the glorious event of the Resurrection of The Lord.

The Resurrection is the foundation of our faith. As St. Paul says: “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:14).

Celebration of the Easter, every year, gives us an opportunity to renew the fervor of our Baptism and to commit ourselves to live up to our Baptismal promise. May our encounter with the Risen Lord on our journey of faith touch us deeply and transform us. Let us live, as St. Augustine stated, as “Easter People” who commit to give their time, talent and treasure in witness.

May The Risen Lord bless you all

Fr. Arul Joseph V.