Jesus promised to St. Faustina that extraordinary graces would be available to believers on this Divine Mercy Sunday. This year is no exception! Specifically, Jesus promised that any soul wishing to approach Him who received Holy Communion and Confession on this day would receive the forgiveness of all sins and all punishment due to sin (plenary indulgence). This year the Sacraments are not as readily available; however, God’s Mercy abounds. Praying an act of contrition with the intention of going to confession when able fulfills the requirement for confession. Making a spiritual Communion fulfills the requirement for Holy Communion. That is a promise of eternal life; it is the greatest grace offered that day. However, “The Mercy of the Lord is not exhausted, his compassion is not spent.” Ask for graces this day. Do you know someone who is sick? Pray for healing. Do you know someone whose heart is hardened, cold, or indifferent? Beg their conversion. Help us all to know the power of Divine Mercy.
I often have seen how generous the members of our pastoral region can be. It is gratifying to see how you, animated by the love of Christ, step up to the call. I know many of you want to help. I know many of you have found ways to help on your own initiative. I apologize for not getting information to you sooner about organizations where you can support our local community. We will have information on ways you can support the following organizations: New Life Mission (take-out lunches); Open Door Pantry; Shared Harvest; Serve City; St. Vincent de Paul (each parish has a council); Community Blood Center; and Shopping Angels.
I understand that purchasing gift cards can be a way to support local businesses that have not been able to continue normal operations.
Most or all of you are aware that we livestream our Sunday liturgy (10am). Less of you are probably aware that we will post a video each week on Wednesday afternoon or evening. The easiest way to access them is to subscribe to our YouTube channel for St. Julie Billiart Parish. St. Joseph… Pray for us.
God bless you and protect you in the days and weeks ahead.