Church of the Home for Saturday, April 23

Divine Mercy Sunday

"God heals us with an abundance of grace, mercy , and tenderness"

Pope Francis

The Sunday after Easter is the final day in the Octave of Easter. Since 2000, it is also known as Divine Mercy Sunday.

The Divine Mercy devotion originates in a series of apparitions in the 1930s, in which St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, an uneducated religious sister in Poland, recorded that Jesus appeared to her.

St. Faustina said that during the apparitions, which were later approved by the Church as worthy of belief, Jesus asked her to spread the message of his great mercy toward the world.

The message St. Faustina received from Jesus is recounted in “The Diary of Saint Faustina.” The central message is that Jesus desires to grant his great mercy to souls. He wants people to trust in his mercy, to ask for it, and to allow themselves to be vessels of his mercy for others.

Pope John Paul II canonized St. Faustina on April 30, 2000. That same day, he also instituted Divine Mercy Sunday as a feast for the universal Church.

This weekend, Resurrection will pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet before every Mass. Your Church of the Home can continue celebrating Divine Mercy in various ways. Here are a few simple ways to celebrate from