Divine Mercy Sunday at St. Joan of Arc Parish was a blessed and inspiring Holy Hour, as can be gathered from the photo submitted by Grace Dickens who along with the Divine Mercy Prayer Group, organized the event.
Ken Shields, the Cantor at left, led the congregation in singing the Chaplet of Divine Mercy before the Blessed Sacrament.
The Hour also included a Consecration to Divine Mercy for those who had completed the self directed retreat “33 Days to Merciful Love,” by Fr. M. Gaitley.
THE DIVINE MERCY DEVOTION
The Message of Divine Mercy – that God is merciful and forgiving – is found throughout Sacred Scripture and Tradition. It has been taught by the Church throughout the ages. In the early 1930’s, a young nun, sister Faustina, received extraordinary revelation or messages from Our Lord which sparked a strong and significant focus on the Mercy of Christ. Jesus asked Sr. Faustina to record these experiences; they are compiled in her Diary “Divine Mercy in My Soul”.
THE DIVINE MERCY PRAYER GROUP
The St. Joan of Arc Divine Mercy Prayer Group was started in 2011. Our members strive to deepen their personal spirituality while promoting Christ’s message to St. Faustina that God is a loving Father, rich in mercy and abounding in great kindness and love.
Members seek to:
- Promote the Message of Divine Mercy through the study of Sacred Scripture; the Catechism of the Catholic Church; and the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina.
- Proclaim the truth of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist.
- Lead the recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3 PM at First Friday Adoration.
- Offer the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for the sick and dying.
- Plan and implement the annual parish celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday.
- Encourage members in the exercise of the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy.
- Attend monthly meetings to honor individual prayer requests and to pray for the Universal Catholic Church.
PRAYER GROUP MEETING TIMES
First Thursday of the month at 7 PM in Room F/H. For questions contact: Grace, 757-218-0397; Geri, 757-890-0165; parish office, 757-898-5570.