One of our Year of Mercy observances this spring will be to offer the full devotions associated with Divine Mercy Sunday, the first Sunday following Easter. St. Pope John Paul II added this feast to the liturgical calendar in 2000, drawing from the scripture readings already in place the theme of God's forgiveness. Our bell tower shrine, which is dedicated to Divine Mercy, has become a popular place for people to spend time in prayer.
Next Sunday at 1:00 pm Jim Miller, an apostle of Divine Mercy will offer an afternoon of teaching on this feast and the devotions connected to it. Please check the flyer in today's bulletin for more details about the program. He will give the background for this special feast and talk about the mystic who influenced St. Pope John Paul to add it to the calendar.
Pope Francis in his letter on the Year of Mercy makes mention of this mystic too. "Our prayer also extends to the saints and blessed ones who made divine mercy their mission in life. I think especially of the great apostle of mercy, Saint Faustina Kowalska. May she, who was called to enter the depths of divine mercy, intercede for us and obtain for us the grace of living and walking always according to the mercy of God and with an unwavering trust in his love." [par. 24]
The weeks of Lent are passing quickly. Come to our Lenten Friday fish fry. You will enjoy good fellowship as well as tasty baked and fried fish. The doors open at 5:00 pm, and I encourage you to stay and pray the Stations of the Cross at 7:00 pm.
The Motor City Brass Band will be offering a free performance on Monday of this week at 7:00 pm in our hall. The Motor City Youth Band, conducted by our own Bona Opatich, will also be performing.Both groups came last year and provided truly wonderful entertainment.