Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Feast of Mercy 2011


The Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated every first Sunday after Easter or simply put the Sunday after Easter.

Schedule of Activities at St. John Mary Vianney Parish

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He is Lord

He is Lord, He is Lord
He has risen from the dead
And He is Lord
Every knee shall bow
Every tongue confess
That Jesus Christ is Lord

You are Lord, You are Lord
You have risen from the dead
And You are Lord
Every knee shall bow
Every tongue confess
That Jesus Christ is Lord

Novena Fourth Day

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A Stand on RH Bill

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A nation that kills its own children is a nation without a future.- Pope John Paul II. 

Divine Mercy Devotion in the Philippines

I watched a documentary on EWTN yesterday and was pleased to learn that the Philippines is one of the countries where the devotion to the Divine Mercy quickly spread.

They also mentioned that the Philippines started the 3 o'clock habit on TV and radio.

The 3 0'clock Prayer
by Sis. Faustina

(To be said at 3PM everyday)

"You died, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fountain of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelope the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.

O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus, as a fountain of mercy for us, I trust in You.

Holy God, Holy mighty One, Holy Immortal One, Have Mercy on us and the whole world. Amen. (Say 3 x)

Jesus King of Mercy, we trust in you.


Sis. Faustina

Biography of Saint Sis. Faustina Kowalska

Saint Faustina was born Helena Kowalska in a small village west of Lodz, Poland on August 25, 1905. She was the third of ten children. When she was almost twenty, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, whose members devote themselves to the care and education of troubled young women. The following year she received her religious habit and was given the name Sister Maria Faustina, to which she added, "of the Most Blessed Sacrament", as was permitted by her congregation's custom. In the 1930's, Sister Faustina received from the Lord a message of mercy that she was told to spread throughout the world. She was asked to become the apostle and secretary of God's mercy, a model of how to be merciful to others, and an instrument for reemphasizing God's plan of mercy for the world. It was not a glamorous prospect.

Her entire life, in imitation of Christ's, was to be a sacrifice - a life lived for others. At the Divine Lord's request, she willingly offered her personal sufferings in union with Him to atone for the sins of others; in her daily life she was to become a doer of mercy, bringing joy and peace to others, and by writing about God's mercy, she was to encourage others to trust in Him and thus prepare the world for His coming again. Her special devotion to Mary Immaculate and to thesacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation gave her the strength to bear all her sufferings as an offering to God on behalf of the Church and those in special need, especially great sinners and the dying.

She wrote and suffered in secret, with only her spiritual director and some of her superiors aware that anything special was taking place in her life.

After her death from tuberculosis in 1938, even her closest associates were amazed as they began to discover what great sufferings and deep mystical experiences had been given to this Sister of theirs, who had always been so cheerful and humble. She had taken deeply into her heart, God's gospel command to "be merciful even as your heavenly Father is merciful" as well as her confessor's directive that she should act in such a way that everyone who came in contact with her would go away joyful. The message of mercy that Sister Faustina received is now being spread throughout the world; her diary, Divine Mercy in my Soul, has become the handbook for devotion to the Divine Mercy.

by Divine Mercy Apostolate - San Pedro Bautista Parish Chapter

Feast of the Divine Mercy
Make this a permanent devotion in your life to attain salvation for you and your loved one


1st Sunday after Easter, which is now designated in the Church's liturgical books as the second Sunday of Easter.

1) Beginning in Good Friday as a preparation for the Feast of Mercy according to our Lord's express wish, it is greatly recommended to give honor to the Divine Mercy, in answer to Jesus' claims and appeal, by offering the novena to the Divine Mercy for the conversion of the whole world and that the Divine Mercy will be known so that everyone will extol Christ's goodness.

2) To the celebration of the Feast of the Divine Mercy Jesus attached an extraordinary promise:

"To those who go to confession days before or on the Feast and receive Holy Communion on the day of the Feast of the Divine Mercy and participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment."


Feast of Mercy Dawn Procession
May 1, 2011

Back to basics, using the portrait (of Jesus as the Divine Mercy) instead of the Santo.

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Divine Mercy Parish activities

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Dawn Procession...too early for most

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Divine Mercy devotees in uniform

The Procession

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Closing Prayer and Agape

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Mainit na sopas para agahan

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Jesus we Trust in YOU!

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The Glory of Jesus

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The Feasts of Easter

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Blessing after the Mass

Afterwards, Beatification of Pope John Paul II

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In the afternoon, watched the Beatification of Pope John Paul II. Pope Benedict giving a homily...

"If you don't have the highest reverence for the priesthood and for the religious state, you certainly don't love God's Church"- St. Josemaria Escriva.

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