Various parishes throughout the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown are planning observances in celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday on April 28 – the Second Sunday of Easter.
The solemnity is based on the devotion to the Divine Mercy that Saint Faustina Kowalska reported as part of her encounter with Jesus.
According to her diary, Jesus said that anyone who goes to Confession and receives Holy Communion on this day or the days around it shall be completely forgiven of all sins and the punishment that would accompany them.
SAINT FRANCIS XAVIER PARISH, CRESSON
A Novena to the Divine Mercy will be prayed from April 19-27 at 7:00 p.m. each night except on April 20 when it will be at 3:00 p.m.
OUR LADY OF LOURDES PARISH, ALTOONA
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed on April 28 at 4:00 p.m.
SAINT ANDREW PARISH, JOHNSTOWN
On April 28 at 3:00 p.m. there will be Adoration with Benediction, singing of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
SAINT CATHERINE OF SIENA PARISH, DUNCANSVILLE
30th Anniversary Celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday Observances
On April 28, a video on the devotion to the Divine Mercy and the life of Saint Faustina Kowalska will be shown at 12:30 p.m.
A special prayer service is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. It will include a talk on Divine Mercy by Deacon Neral, the singing of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
Following the service, all are invited to venerate the relics of Saint Faustina and Saint Therese of Lisieux.