If you or your loved one are ill and would like to be included in the prayer intentions of the Divine Mercy Prayer Team Ministry, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you would prefer, we can coordinate a time for two of our members to come pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in your presence and/or the presence of your loved one.
There are two ways to be part of the Divine Mercy Ministry at All Saints!!
The Divine Mercy Prayer Team Ministry prays for intentions that are given to us. DM Team members include these intentions in their Divine Mercy Chaplet and other prayers. We have been blessed to be part of many miracles that have occurred through the powerful Divine Mercy Chaplet prayer, including sending many souls to a peaceful eternity with Jesus’ promise of His mercy. This is all done through email — no meetings! A prayerful heart and trust in God are all that is needed :).
The Divine Mercy Planning Team Ministry has a mission to promote the message of Divine Mercy as given by Jesus to St. Faustina Kowalska in her diary, Divine Mercy in my Soul. This group meets monthly and works to incorporate the Divine Mercy message and Chaplet into our parish life and outreach.
These efforts include:
- supporting parish Book Studies and Faith Enrichment programs,
- praying the Chaplet with seniors at Asst’d Living centers,
- preparing the All Saints Prayer Service for Divine Mercy Sunday (Sunday after Easter), and
- various other ways.
Please contact Kitty Moots at email@example.com to join in this ministry of spreading the powerful message of Jesus’ Divine Mercy!
The Divine Mercy Chaplet is prayed weekdays at 3pm in the Chapel, after 9 AM Mass weekdays and 8:30 AM Saturdays. Please join us! (See below for how to pray on rosary beads)
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is a powerful prayer given by Jesus himself in the 1930’s to St. Maria Faustina, a Polish nun who was canonized in 2000 by Blessed Pope John Paul II. Through the Chaplet, Jesus extends many graces and unfathomable mercy to those who pray it and for whom it is prayed, especially the sick and the dying. Jesus said to St. Faustina:
“My daughter, encourage souls to say the chaplet I have given to you. It pleases Me to grant everything they ask of Me by saying the chaplet. …Write that, when they say this chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the merciful Savior” (Diary, 1541)
THE DIVINE MERCY DEVOTION
This devotion has different components: it involves a divinely inspired painting of Jesus with attached promises for its veneration, vocal prayers (the Divine Mercy chaplet and Divine Mercy Novena), a book (The Diary of Faustina Kowalska), a Holy Hour (3 o’clock), and a solemn feast day with attached indulgences (Divine Mercy Sunday).
The earliest element of the devotion to the Divine Mercy revealed to St. Faustina was the painted image.
Jesus instructed “Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature: Jesus I trust in You. I desire that this image be venerated, first in your chapel, and throughout the world.’” (Diary 47)
“I am offering people a vessel with which they are to keep coming for graces to the fountain of mercy. That vessel is this image with the signature: Jesus, I trust in You.” (Diary 327)
“By means of this image I shall grant many graces to souls. It is to be a reminder of the demands of My mercy, because even the strongest faith is of no avail without works.” (Diary 742)
Jesus also taught St. Faustina prayers to implore his Divine Mercy.
Using regular rosary beads, you begin the chaplet with an ‘Our Father’, ‘Hail Mary’, and ‘I believe’ (the Apostle’s Creed). Then on the large (Our Father) beads say the following words:
‘Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.’
On the smaller (Hail Mary) beads pray:
‘For the sake of His sorrowful Passion have mercy on us and on the whole world.’
In conclusion pray these words three times:
‘Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world’.
Jesus said later to Sister Faustina:
“Say unceasingly this chaplet that I have taught you. Anyone who says it will receive great Mercy at the hour of death. Priests will recommend it to sinners as the last hope. Even the most hardened sinner, if he recites this Chaplet even once, will receive grace from My Infinite Mercy. I want the whole world to know My Infinite Mercy. I want to give unimaginable graces to those who trust in My Mercy” and later, “When they say this Chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person not as the just judge but as the Merciful Savior”.
Another request of Jesus to St. Faustina was for a special feast day devoted to the attribute of his Divine Mercy. He asked that the Feast of Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday. He gave St. Faustina an intention to pray for on each day of the novena, the last day being the most difficult intention of all . . . those who are lukewarm and indifferent to his merciful love. Of these people, Jesus said,
“These souls cause Me more suffering than any others; it was from such souls that My soul felt the most revulsion in the Garden of Olives. It was on their account that I said: ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass Me by.’ The last hope of salvation for them is to flee to My Mercy.”
In her Diary, St. Faustina wrote that Jesus told her:
“On each day of the novena you will bring to My heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy … On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My passion, for the graces for these souls.”
The different souls prayed for on each day of the novena are:
- DAY 1 (Good Friday) – All mankind, especially sinners
- DAY 2 (Holy Saturday) – The souls of priests and religious
- DAY 3 (Easter Sunday) – All devout and faithful souls
- DAY 4 (Easter Monday) – Those who do not believe in Jesus and those who do not yet know Him
- DAY 5 (Easter Tuesday) – The souls of separated brethren
- DAY 6 (Easter Wednesday) – The meek and humble souls and the souls of children
- DAY 7 (Easter Thursday) – The souls who especially venerate and glorify Jesus’ mercy
- DAY 8 (Easter Friday) – The souls who are detained in purgatory
- DAY 9 (Easter Saturday) – The souls who have become lukewarm
During the Divine Mercy Novena leading up to Divine Mercy Sunday, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy should be prayed each day for that day’s intentions.
Of course, this novena can also be prayed year-round whenever we want to entrust a particular intention to Jesus’ mercy.
THE HOLY HOUR
Jesus also told St. Faustina that the hour He expired on the cross is the hour in which to especially implore the attribute of his Divine Mercy, because at that moment his saving mission was accomplished and his blood and water was poured out on the cross for the sins of the whole world. Because Jesus made the 3 o’clock hour sacred, whenever the clock strikes this hour, his mercy can be efficaciously implored.
“At three o’clock, implore My mercy, especially for sinners; and, if only for a brief moment, immerse yourself in My Passion, particularly in My abandonment at the moment of agony. This is the hour of great mercy … In this hour I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of Me in virtue of My Passion.”
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
Jesus requested that a special feast devoted to his Divine Mercy take place on the octave day of Easter (the second Sunday of Easter), a day in which he would pour special graces out on the whole world. Jesus grants an indulgence (either full or partial remission for the temporal punishment of sin) for all who will participate in this feast and implore his Divine Mercy.
“I want to grant complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My mercy.” (Diary 1109)
“Yes, the first Sunday after Easter is the Feast of Mercy, but there must also be deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to our neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to absolve yourself from it.” (Diary 742)
Jesus, I TRUST IN YOU!