Divine Mercy Novena for Life

In the Vatican, on April 27, Blessed John Paul II and Pope John XXIII will be canonized as saints in the Roman Catholic Church. This will occur on the Feast of Divine Mercy (the second Sunday of Easter), a feast that Pope John Paul II instituted in April of 2000.

The feast of Divine Mercy culminates a novena, celebrated locally and throughout the world, that begins on Good Friday. Novena prayers are said each day for particular intentions. Locally, the novena is called the Divine Mercy Novena for Life to emphasize God’s mercy for the protection of the sanctity of all life, including the unborn.

Additional opportunities for sacramental confession are as follows: Palm Sunday, April 13, 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. at Blessed Mary Angela, St. Hyacinth’s location (several priests); Palm Sunday, April 13, 10:30 a.m. at Blessed Mary Angela, St. Hedwig’s location (one priest); and Monday, April 14, 7 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (several priests).

The schedule for the nine days of the novena is as follows: Good Friday, April 18, 12 noon, St. Hyacinth’s location; Holy Saturday, April 19, 3 p.m., St. Hedwig’s location; Easter Sunday, April 20, 12 noon, St. Hedwig’s location; Monday, April 21, 7 p.m., St. Hedwig’s location; Tuesday, April 22, 7 p.m., St. Hedwig’s location; Wednesday, April 23, 7 p.m., St. Hedwig’s location; Thursday, April 24, 7 p.m., St. Hedwig’s location; Friday, April 25, 7 p.m., St. Hedwig’s location; Saturday, April 26, 3:15 p.m., St. Hyacinth’s location; and Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27, 2 p.m., Mass, St. Hyacinth’s location.

After the special Divine Mercy Sunday Mass and chaplet on April 27, a reception will follow in the Lyceum. All are invited to attend.