Entering the Season of Divine Mercy

As a Catholic Community after we journey through Holy Week and celebrate the joy and hope of the Pascal Mystery, we enter into the season of Divine Mercy.
All are welcome to celebrate
1) Hour of Divine Mercy, Sunday, April 24th from 3 to 4 P.M. at St. Columban Parish.

Please receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession), prior to Divine Mercy Sunday, or you may do so within 20 days after.

Plenary Indulgence for Divine Mercy Sunday
To ensure that the faithful observe this day with intense devotion, St. Pope John Paul II, established a Plenary Indulgence to receive complete forgiveness and punishment, (as Jesus said), so that they might, in turn,  show pardon to their brothers and sisters.
Conditions to obtain the Plenary Indulgence are: Reconciliation, Communion and Prayer for the intentions of the Holy Father, and take part in prayers and devotions in honour of Divine Mercy in any Church or Chapel.  

2) Divine Mercy Novena
The Novena can be prayed at any time, but our Lord asked specifically that we pray it 9 days before the feast of Divine Mercy (April 24th)  
Jesus added: “By this novena, I will grant every possible grace to souls.” We are to begin on Good Friday, that day when Christ first revealed how merciful and loving He was, by dying for us.
“During these nine days I want to lead souls to the fount of my Mercy in order that they may draw from it strength, refreshment, and all the graces they need in the trials of their lives, especially  in the hour of death…”
Graces are attached to the Chaplet of Divine Mercy which we are encouraged to pray each day as well.

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