I hope that you were able to attend our Lenten Speaker Series. The evenings included Joe Paprocki, Fr. Matt Foley, and Shelby Boblick. The purpose of a Lenten Mission is to give you an opportunity to reflect, pray, and prepare for the great Feast of Easter. I hope that our Lenten Series helped you accomplish that!
Thanks to the Knights of Columbus, Paula Jo and Randy Belice, Deb Jensen and the CCW for coordinating the three receptions. Thanks to Christine Flasza who handled all of the bulletin covers, the dissemination of info to other parishes and assisted in updating the website with the information. A special Thanks to Jennifer Pondel who chaired the Lenten Speaker Series for another successful year. Thanks to all of you who attended one or more of the evenings, you supported the efforts of the committee with your presence. It was a time of blessing for our parish.
This Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday. The feast day is observed on the Sunday after Easter and it is based upon the devotion to the Divine Mercy that St. Faustina reported as part of her encounter with Jesus, and is associated with special promises from Jesus and indulgences issued by the Church. This devotion was actively promoted by St. John Paul II. On April 30, 2000, the Canonization of Sr. Faustina Kowalska took place and the Sunday after Easter was officially designated as the Sunday of the Divine Mercy. On April 22, 2001, which was one year after establishing Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope John Paul II re-emphasized its message in the resurrection context of Easter: Jesus said to St. Faustina one day: “Humanity will never find peace until it turns with trust to Divine Mercy.” Divine Mercy! This is the Easter gift that the Church receives from the risen Christ and offers to humanity.
We will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday with a Holy Hour at 3:00 p.m.