TODAY, the Second Sunday of Easter, is also known as “Divine Mercy Sunday.”
The Catholic Church has been celebrating this Feast ever since Saint Pope John Paul II made it official on April 30th in the Jubilee Year 2000.
The Feast serves as an annual invitation to the Christian World to face the difficulties and trials that humankind experience with confidence in God’s Divine Benevolence.
It all began in the 1930’s when Jesus began appearing to Saint Faustina and pledged that on Divine Mercy Sunday, He would open wide the floodgates of His mercy to any and all souls who would call upon Him.
Jesus promised Saint Faustina “The soul that will go to Confession and receives Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.” (St. Faustina’s Diary, 699).
Later, Jesus reiterated His promise when He told her “I want to grant a complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My Mercy.” (Diary 1109).
We encourage everyone to take advantage of this incredible promise and the additional Plenary Indulgence that can be obtained on this great Feast of Mercy by receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation (can be up to about 20 days, before or after Divine Mercy Sunday) and receiving Holy Communion on April 3rd.
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