The extraordinary Grace of Divine Mercy Sunday was promised to all those individuals who receive Holy Communion on Divine Mercy Sunday in a state of grace, with the trust in God’s merciful love.
A Plenary Indulgence can be obtained for oneself, or the poor souls suffering in purgatory, when one complies with the usual conditions: 1.) Sacramental confession: 2.) Eucharistic communion: 3.) prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father.
The requirement of sacramental confession is satisfied by all who remain in the state of grace following their Lenten celebration of the Sacrament of Penance. However, for those who wish, confession will be available, next Saturday from 2:45 – 3:45 p.m., as well as during the Divine Mercy Holy Hour on Sunday after the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Confessions are normally available on Saturday after the 4:00 p.m. Mass, until there is no one else in line, or by appointment, or by requesting the priest to hear your Confession after any Mass, if he is available.
The other conditions for the plenary indulgence can be fulfilled when the faithful, on the Second Sunday of Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday), in any church or chapel, in a spirit that is completely detached from sin, even venial sin, take part in the prayers and devotions held in honor of Divine Mercy, or who, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed or reserved in the tabernacle, recite the Our Father and the Creed, adding a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (e.g., Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!)
A Divine Mercy Holy Hour will be held in the church next Sunday after the 11:00 a.m. Mass; all are invited. (Please note: immediately after the Holy Hour we have the Spanish Mass which begins at 1:00 p.m.)