Divine Mercy Sunday & First Holy Communion

Divine Mercy Sunday & First Holy Communion

 Divine Mercy Sunday Promise: Divine Mercy Sunday is this Sunday, the Second Sunday of Easter, every year. This is the ONLY Sunday throughout the year that this is available to you to receive the removal of all sin and all punishment due to sin, similar to Baptism, and so, it is called “a second baptism.” You receive this by going to confession and receiving Holy Communion worthily on this weekend ONLY, starting on this Saturday at 4:00 p.m. when the Divine Mercy Sunday Vigil starts.

The risen Lord Jesus Christ, the Divine Mercy made this promise to the faithful people through St. Faustina during a series of private revelations starting February 1931 in Poland. These private revelations have been approved by the Roman Catholic Church as worthy of belief; although, no one is required to believe in it. What we are required to believe in is God’s unconditional, infinite love and mercy for us! Therefore, our prayer is the prayer this devotion teaches us, “Jesus, I trust in you!”

This devotion includes the promise by Jesus that He removes all punishment due to sin. This means that there will not be any punishment in purgatory required for all past sins forgiven in the Sacrament of Penance, a.k.a. confession). Obviously, the usual conditions apply for receiving these two sacraments. The most commonly known conditions are that we must be sorry for all of our sins in confession and we cannot be guilty of any mortal sin while receiving communion.

If you are not able to go to confession and receive communion using the regular weekend schedule, you can request to do this immediately following the Divine Mercy Holy Hours scheduled for this Sunday afternoon at SHC in Gettysburg 3:00 p.m. (about 4:00 p.m.) and SPX Church in Onida at 5:30 p.m. (about 6:30 p.m.).

I am providing additional information on a single-sheet bulletin insert this Sunday similar to one of the pages last Sunday explaining this devotion in more detail. The “second baptism” handout from last Sunday with the single sheet handout is available in our church gathering spaces. If you have any extra Divine Mercy materials, you can leave them in our church entries to share as long as they have been formally approved by a bishop in union with the Pope or myself. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy has many promises attached to it as well.

Blessing & Conferral of the Brown Scapular: Traditionally, priests have enrolled First Communicants in the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. I do this after the Final Blessing of the First Communion Mass. I will have more room in my bulletin column to explain this next Sunday. You can search information online about this Catholic sacramental. Nobody has to wear one, but if they so choose later in life and in order to benefit from the private revelation promises, they have to have been enrolled.

Happy Easter 2022

Happy Easter 2022

Happy Easter! The Lord has risen as He said! People had much suffering this past Lent, an opportunity to have a closer union with Christ on the Cross. St. Paul says, “If we have died with Christ, we shall also rise with Him! If we accept our suffering and offer it up to God, it will bear fruit. We could possibly have our best Easter season ever, if we had our worse suffering this past Lent and offered it up! We may not want to suffer, but it is necessary for us to suffer so that we may share in the Resurrection.

Fr. Simon on Vacation: I will be gone on vacation this Easter Sunday afternoon through Thursday night. In case of funerals or other serious concerns, contact the secretaries of our parishes who can contact me.

Divine Mercy Sunday Promise: Divine Mercy Sunday is next Sunday, the Second Sunday of Easter, every year. Be sure to take advantage of this only day of the year when you can receive the same effects as “a second baptism” by going to confession and receiving Holy Communion on the weekend. That means, Jesus, the Divine Mercy promised that faithful people that go to confession and receive Holy Communion on Divine Mercy Sunday will have all of their sins wiped away and all punishment due to sin (no punishment in purgatory will be required for all past sins forgiven in the Sacrament of Penance, a.k.a. confession). If you are not able to go to confession before Mass and receive communion, you can request to do this immediately following the Divine Mercy Holy Hours scheduled for next Sunday afternoon at SHC in Gettysburg 3:00 p.m. and SPX Church in Onida at 5:30 p.m. I am providing two single-sheet pages of bulletin inserts explaining this devotion in more detail.

I will have extra copies of the Divine Mercy bulletin inserts available in our church gathering spaces. If you have any extra Divine Mercy materials, you can leave them in our church entries to share as long as they have been formally approved by a bishop in union with the Pope or myself. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy has many promises attached to it as well.

Beginning & Present Altar Servers: I trained present and new Altar servers multiple times. Since there are significant differences in the previous ways, all Altar servers are required to have training. If any existing Altar servers still need training, please let the parish secretaries know. Our parish secretaries can start scheduling all Altar servers who have been trained and not the Altar servers who have not been trained

Palm Sunday

Visiting Priest Celebrant & Fr. Simon Con-celebrant: Fr. David Axtmann (retired in Highmore) is the celebrant this weekend with me con-celebrating and preaching the homily. He will be offering confessions before all of the Masses while I am training the Altarservers. We welcome Fr. David!

Holy Week Services & Altar Server Training: Please check our Holy Week schedule on our parish bulletin pages. I have extra confession opportunities on Wednesday, Holy Thursday, and Good Friday. The locations for Holy Thursday and Easter Vigil will rotate each year, unless there will be RCIA in a particular parish at Easter Vigil. (An individual priest is allowed to celebrate only one Mass of the Lord’s Supper.)

On Wednesday I will have instructional Stations of the Cross 4:15 pm - 5:00 pm and 6:45 pm - 7:30 pm with confessions available after both sessions for adults. (SPXP will have Stations 7:15 pm - 7:45 pm.) I ask that SPXP Altar servers arrive at 5:45 pm for training before the 7:00 pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper. On Good Friday I ask the Altar servers to come for training at 4:15 pm for the 5:30 pm Passion in SHP and at 7:00 pm for the 8:00 pm Passion in SPXP. At the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, I ask the Altar servers to come to practice at 7:30 pm for the 8:45 pm Easter Vigil. (This is high point of Church liturgy for the year, lasting about two hours.) On Easter Sunday we will not have confessions offered before the Masses due to Altar server practice at 8:30 am for the 9:00 am Mass and approximately 10:10 am for the 11:00 am Mass. Altar servers should robe upon arrival for Easter Sunday practices. Thank you!

Beginning & Present Altar Servers: I trained present and new Altar servers multiple times. Since there are significant differences in the previous ways, all Altar servers are required to have training. If any existing Altar servers still need training, please let the parish secretaries know. I will be having Altar server training before all of the Holy Week special liturgies.

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Published on  May 9th, 2022

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