Good Morning Queen of All Saints Parishioners,
I hope others were able to witness the beauty of this mornings sunrise. I'm sure many of us at this point are weary of winter but the sight of a fresh blanket of snow in the sun seems to touch a special part of the soul, for me at least. I should have taken a photo to share but instead just watched, and now it's grey again.
Today is Divine Mercy Sunday, Fr Andres will have mass live in St. Peter's on the Queen of All Saints Facebook page at 9am.
Yesterday my sister Anna sent me an email that I decided to forward to you all. She is a teacher at St. Faustina Academy in Irving Texas. It is from St Faustina that we have Divine Mercy Sunday and its great message and revelation of the unfathomable love and mercy of our Risen Lord.
Without going into great detail the gist is this, Jesus told St. Faustina that today is the day that "the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened."
I figure Principal Mahaffey at Faustina Academy can explain it better than I so her email is below as well as a couple of links for more information on how we can obtain the special graces promised even though we can not physically attend mass.
I hope and pray all are well.
(Quick note: we have been working on our email list, if you are surprised to have received this email and wish to be removed from the list just reply and let me know)
Begin forwarded message:
From: Principal Mehaffey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: April 17, 2020 at 10:00:00 AM CDT
To: Faustina Academy <email@example.com>
Subject: Fwd: Getting ready for one of the most important days of your life…?
Getting READY for the greatest day of graces? We still
have an opportunity to wipe our souls clean as if we were newly baptised
– this Sunday for Divine Mercy – even though we cannot physically
attend Mass or Confession. Hard to believe? I understand, but it's true. Get a cup of coffee…and please read.The special graces and promises will be given to all those who
participate in the Divine Mercy Devotion. You forgot to say the novena?
No problem, you can still obtain the promises and graces promised by
our Lord – on Divine Mercy Sunday. If you think
about it…some people find it hard to get to Confession on the
Saturday before or even on the same day as Divine Mercy Sunday- for our
Lord said:I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender Mercy are open.
I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the Fount of My Mercy. The soul that will
go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.
On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened (Diary 699). …However, this time, probably the only time in our lifetime – we
have the very same opportunity and…it probably won't ever be any
easier for us than this Sunday…YOU CAN DO IT THIS TIME- AT HOME! Watch this short video explaining how:That is why Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, the director of the Association of Marian Helpers, has stated:
“I promise you, it will be the most important thing you ever do in
your entire life. In fact, it could mean the difference in your
salvation. And Jesus told St. Faustina, Divine Mercy is mankind’s last
hope of salvation [see Diary, 998].
Please don’t let this grace pass you by.”1) Make a solid, sincere, general confession to our Lord on Sunday. This is a great thorough examination of conscience…2) Streamline LIVE (not pre-recorded) Divine Mercy Mass on the website
divinemercy.org or EWTN…or any Mass that is actually celebrating the FEAST DAY!OR – In Cracow – Poland (not sure if Mass is said in English)Optional:3) Do the Litany of the Divine Mercy4) Say the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3:00Many
confuse this promise with a plenary indulgence. With a plenary
indulgence, one must be detached from sin in order to obtain the
plenary indulgence (really hard to achieve). The promise of Divine Mercy Sunday,
does not have the same
stipulation (as proven by the investigation into St. Faustina and her
messages by Ignacy Rozicki appointed by Pope John Paul II)…if the
above is done with sincerity, there is no stipulation attached. You
will receive a complete forgiveness of sins and punishments
due to sin as promised by our Lord given to St. Faustina. Please see
To read more about "What's so great about Divine Mercy Sunday"…Feast Day: What's so great about Divine Mercy Sunday? We
celebrate the octave of Easter for 8 full days…but the last day is the
greatest of all. Divine Mercy Sunday is the eighth day of Easter, and
in a sense, it's the most important day of the
most important feast! Actually, Divine Mercy Sunday existed way before
St. Faustina. In fact, it has roots in the Easter celebrations of the
early Church. When Jesus told Faustina that he wanted the feast
celebrated, she said to Him, "There is already such
a feast, and so why should I talk about it?". Jesus responded, "And
who knows anything about this feast? No one!" Diary 341Jesus said."On that day, the very depths of My tender mercy are opened. I
pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount
of My mercy…on that day, all the divine floodgates through which
graces flow are opened." Diary 699But, Fr. Gaitley adds…My favorite part of Divine Mercy Sunday
is what I call, "the clean slate grace." Jesus told Faustina, "…the
souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain
complete forgiveness of sins and punishment."
Diary 699. Now that's a big deal. It means that if we were to die
rights after receiving this grace, then we wouldn't have to go to
purgatory! In other words, our slate is wiped clean. In fact, the
theologian who was assigned by the future St. John Paul
II to investigate the question "what is the grace of Mercy Sunday?" likened the grace to a second baptism.
Of course, it's not the same as Baptism, but it's the extraordinary
grace of being cleansed of sin and all punishment due to sin.Fr. Gaitley says…Unfortunately, a lot of people confuse the great
grace of Divine Mercy Sunday with a plenary indulgence. It's not the
same thing. To get a plenary indulgence, you need to be detached from
all sin. Detached from all sin? That's the
kicker. I once read a story that St.Philip Neri was speaking to a
large crowd of people gathered for a Church event to receive a plenary
indulgence, and the Holy Spirit told St. Philip that only two people in
the whole crowd were going to receive the
plenary indulgence: Philip himself and a seven-year-old boy –
presumably because everyone else was attached to sin.
The good news about the grace of Divine Mercy Sunday is that to
receive it, you just need to go to confession as close to the feast day
as possible (St. Faustina herself went on Saturday night), and to
receive Holy Communion on the Feast day with the intention
of receiving this extraordinary grace. Of course, we should also do
acts of mercy such as forgiving people, praying for others, and having
the intention to be more merciful to our neighbor.(Excerpts from Divine Mercy Explained…by Fr. Michael Gaitley)This is an extraordinary Sunday…this feast day is one of the greatest opportunities we are given. The best way to prepare:1) Novena of Chaplets (not required)2) Confession on or before Sunday3) Acts of Mercy4) Mass should be devoted to this devotion with the Homily about His Mercy.5) Veneration of the Divine Mercy Image – hang the Divine Mercy Image in your home6) Approach this day with a sincere and contrite heart and an amendment to change with complete trust.Jesus said:Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. Diary 699My
Heart overflows with great mercy for souls, and especially for poor
sinners. If only they could understand that I am the best of Fathers to
them and that it is for them
that the Blood and Water flowed from My Heart as from a fount
overflowing with mercy. Diary 367
daughter, write that the greater the misery of a soul, the greater its
right to My mercy; [urge] all souls to trust in the unfathomable abyss
of My mercy, because I want
to save them all. Diary 1182— —
Christina MehaffeyPrincipalFaustina Academy