In the Jubilee Year of 2000, at the canonization of St. Faustina, Pope John Paul II declared the Sunday after Easter to be Divine Mercy Sunday.
Special graces of mercy for the forgiveness of sin and remittance of the temporal punishment for sin are available on this day.
The conditions for these graces include asking for Divine Mercy with complete trust; repentance of all sins and reception of the sacrament of reconciliation either during Lent or before receiving communion on Divine Mercy Sunday; veneration of the image of Divine Mercy; and practice of mercy in dealings with others.
The major archdiocesan celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday will take place April 23 at St. Joseph Church, 1802 Tulane Ave., New Orleans, beginning with confessions at 1 p.m., holy hour at 1:30 p.m. with the recitation of the rosary and eucharistic adoration, followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Mass at 3 p.m., with Archbishop Emeritus Alfred C. Hughes, celebrant and homilist.
Blessing with relic of St. Faustina will follow Mass. For details, contact Margaret Bieser at 577-0385. Limited materials are available. See also Association of Marian Helpers’ website, www.marian.org; and the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy website, www.thedivinemercy.org.
Other services and celebrations include:
All Saints, 1441 Teche St., New Orleans: Mass April 23 at 10 a.m., followed by recitation of the Divine Mercy chaplet and benediction.
Annunciation, 517 Avenue B, Bogalusa: Mass April 23 at 3 p.m., with recitation and closing prayers of the Divine Mercy novena, conducted by the Annunciation Rosary Society. Benediction will follow the chaplet of Divine Mercy, concluding with a reception in the Dobyns Center.
Ascension of Our Lord, 1900 Greenwood Dr., LaPlace: Novena opens after the 3 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy of the Cross. Private recitation of the Divine Mercy chaplet each day following. Conclusion of the novena is following the 10:30 a.m. Mass on April 23.
Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, 3037 Dauphine St., New Orleans: Mass April 23 at 3 p.m. in English, sign language and Spanish. Throughout the year, Mass is celebrated in Spanish at 6 p.m., followed by recitation of Divine Mercy chaplet in Spanish.
Divine Mercy, 4337 Sal Lentini Parkway, Kenner: Novena begins Good Friday following morning prayer at 7:30 a.m. On Holy Saturday, the novena will follow morning prayer at 7:30 a.m., on Easter Sunday after the 8:30 a.m. Mass, then Easter Monday and Tuesday after 6:30 p.m. Mass; Wednesday through Friday after the 7:30 a.m. Mass and Easter Saturday after the 8 a.m. Mass. On April 23, Divine Mercy devotions will start at noon, including adoration and eucharistic procession around the church grounds, confessions and blessing of images.
Holy Spirit, 6201 Stratford Place, Algiers: The parish will pray the novena privately, concluding with Mass on April 23 at 3 p.m. in church.
Immaculate Conception, 4401 Seventh St., Marrero: Novena begins April 14 at 2 p.m. and will continue every day at 5 p.m., concluding on Divine Mercy Sunday.
Infant Jesus of Prague Mission, 700 Maple St., Harvey: Devotion begins April 23 at 9 a.m. with recitation of the rosary and Divine Mercy chaplet and veneration of the Divine Mercy image and a first-class relic of St. Faustina, concluding with 10 a.m. Mass. Fellowship and refreshments follow in Carmel Hall.
Mary Queen of Peace, 1501 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville: The Divine Mercy chaplet will be recited each day of the novena, beginning Good Friday after the 3 p.m. service and at 3 p.m. on Holy Saturday and after 11:30 a.m. Mass on Easter Sunday. The novena will continue after the 9 a.m. Masses throughout the week. On April 23 from 2 to 4 p.m., there will be recitation of the Divine Mercy chaplet with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of the rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, devotional prayers, closing benediction and veneration of the Divine Mercy image. Reconciliation will be available.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, 411 North Rampart St., New Orleans: April 23, benediction and recitation of the Divine Mercy chaplet at 3 p.m. with homily and adoration.
Our Lady of Lourdes, 400 Westchester Blvd., Slidell: April 23, 3 p.m. Mass. Parish ministry will have Divine Mercy magnets for all Masses for a donation of $5 or $20 for 5 magnets. Contact Bob or Lynn Bourgeois at (985) 641-5685 for more information.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 8968 Highway 23, Belle Chasse: April 23, 3 p.m. exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Divine Mercy chaplet, rosary and meditation, and confession ending prior to 7 p.m. Mass.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 1908 Short St., Kenner: Chaplet will be recited after 9 a.m. morning prayer on Good Friday and Holy Saturday and after the 3 p.m. service on Good Friday; after all Easter Sunday Masses; after weekday Masses Easter Monday through Easter Friday at 6:25 and 9 a.m.; and on Easter Saturday after the 6:25 a.m., 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Vigil Masses. Confessions will be heard 30 minutes before all Sunday Masses. On Mercy Sunday, the chaplet and adoration will begin at 2:30 p.m., with 3 p.m. Mass, followed by blessing with a relic of St. Faustina.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, 2320 Paris Road, Chalmette: April 23, 10:30 a.m. Mass; parishioners are encouraged to receive special graces by trusting in God’s mercy, receiving reconciliation during Lent, attending Mass, receiving Communion, venerating the Divine Mercy image and being merciful.
Our Lady of the Lake, 312 Lafitte St., Mandeville: Divine Mercy Sunday, April 23, from 3 to 5 p.m., will include exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of the rosary, the Divine Mercy chaplet, devotional prayers, closing benediction and veneration of the Divine Mercy image. Reconciliation will also be available.
Our Lady Star of the Sea, 1835 St. Roch Ave., New Orleans: Mass April 23 at 2:30 p.m., with recitation of the Divine Mercy chaplet at 3 p.m. and adoration after Mass.
Sacred Heart, 28088 Main St., Lacombe: April 23, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 2:30 p.m., Divine Mercy chaplet at 3 p.m., followed benediction, concluding with Mass in church.
Sisters of the Holy Family Motherhouse, 6901 Chef Menteur Hwy., New Orleans: Gathering with the congregation of St. Paul the Apostle Parish on April 23, devotion begins at 2 p.m. with procession and chaplet of Divine Mercy, concluding with 3 p.m. Mass, with presider Dominican Father David Seid.
St. Anselm, 306 St. Mary St., Madisonville, April 23: Divine Mercy service at 2 p.m., ending with the Divine Mercy chaplet at 3 p.m. and benediction of the Eucharist.
St. Anthony, 2653 Jean Lafitte Blvd., Lafitte: Recitation of the novena and Good Friday service April 14 at 6:45 p.m.; novena April 15 at 7:30 p.m., followed by Easter Vigil Mass at 8 p.m.; Easter Sunday, April 16, 10:45 a.m., novena followed by Mass; then Easter Monday, Mass and novena at 7:30 p.m.; Easter Tuesday through Friday, Mass and novena at 7 p.m.; Easter Saturday, April 22, 3:45 p.m., novena followed by Mass; concluding on Divine Mercy Sunday with exposition and adoration beginning at noon and concluding with the Hour of Mercy devotion at 3 p.m.
St. Anthony of Padua, 4640 Canal St., New Orleans: April 23 at 2 p.m., adoration, recitation of the Divine Mercy chaplet, availability for confessions, concluding with benediction. At 3 p.m., there will be a bilingual Divine Mercy Mass, which will include a blessing of the Divine Mercy
St. Catherine of Siena, 105 Bonnabel Blvd., Metairie: The novena will be offered April 14 and 15 from 9 to 9:30 a.m., April 16-21 from 9:30-10 a.m., and April 22 from 9-9:30 a.m.
St. Edward the Confessor, 4921 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie: The novena will be prayed privately on Good Friday and Holy Saturday and publicly after all Masses Easter Sunday through Easter Saturday, April 22. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed after all Masses on April 23.
St. Genevieve, 58203 Hwy. 433, Slidell: On April 23, 12:15-2 p.m., Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and eucharistic adoration, followed by recitation of rosary and reflection, concluding with the chaplet of Divine Mercy.
St. Joan of Arc, 529 West 5th St., LaPlace: The Divine Mercy novena and chaplet will be recited beginning Good Friday after the 3 p.m. service; Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday at 3 p.m.; Easter Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m.; Easter Tuesday following 5:30 p.m. Mass; and Easter Saturday following 4:30 p.m. Mass. On April 23, Divine Mercy devotions include exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 2:30 p.m., chaplet sung at 3 p.m. followed by benediction at 3:30 p.m. Masses on Divine Mercy Sunday are 7, 8:30, 10 and 11:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
St. John of the Cross, 61030 Brier Lake Dr., Lacombe: Holy Hour, April 23, 2:30 p.m. Adoration and prayer followed by the Divine Mercy chaplet recited at 3 p.m.
St. John the Baptist, 15405 Hwy. 90, Paradis: Private daily recitation of the novena will begin on Good Friday, concluding in the church on April 23 at 3 p.m. with recitation of the Divine Mercy chaplet, novena and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and closing with benediction. A small social gathering in the parish hall will follow.
St. Martha, 2555 Apollo Drive, Harvey: Divine Mercy chaplet will be recited before the 10:30 a.m. Mass on April 23, followed by procession and veneration of the Divine Mercy painting.
St. Matthew the Apostle, 10021 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge: The parish will offer the novena and chaplet in church beginning Good Friday and Holy Saturday at 9:30 a.m.; Easter Sunday after 11 a.m. Mass; April 17-21 after 6 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. weekday Masses; and on Easter Saturday at 11 a.m. The parish will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 2 to 3:30 p.m., recitation of the rosary at 2:30 p.m., chaplet at 3 p.m., and concluding with benediction at 3:30 p.m.
St. Patrick, 28698 Highway 23, Port Sulphur: April 23, reconciliation beginning at 2 p.m., followed by Mass at 3 p.m.
St. Peter, 125 East 19th Ave., Covington: On April 23, there will be eucharistic adoration from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., with chaplet recitation at 3, 3:30 and 4 p.m. The sacrament of reconciliation will be offered from 4 to 4:50 p.m., with benediction at 4:30 p.m. Regular Sunday Mass at 5 p.m.
St. Pius X, 6666 Spanish Fort Blvd., New Orleans: Divine Mercy Sunday will be celebrated with a eucharistic procession and chaplet of Divine Mercy following the 10:30 a.m. family Mass.
St. Rita, 7100 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan: Will recite the novena every Saturday at 3:30 p.m. prior to the 4 p.m. Vigil Mass.
St. Rita, 2729 Lowerline St., New Orleans: Divine Mercy devotion begins with a prayer service on Good Friday and Holy Saturday at 9 a.m. both days, then recitation of the Divine Mercy chaplet after weekday 7 a.m. Masses from April 17-22.