'Divine Mercy Sunday' to be held PDF Print E-mail
Written by ROBIN CAUDELL, Staff Writer   
Friday, April 13, 2007

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What: "Divine Mercy Sunday." The Rev. Bryan Stitt officiates.
When: Sunday. Adoration 12:15-3 p.m., Reconciliation 1:30-2:30 p.m., Video "The Apostle of Divine Mercy" 12:30 p.m. and 1:45 p.m., Chaplet and Prayer Service 3 p.m.
Where: St. Peter's Church, 114 Cornelia St., Plattsburgh.
Phone: 563-1692

The Feast of Divine Mercy will be celebrated Sunday at St. Peter's Church in Plattsburgh.
This official liturgical day, at Pope John Paul II's instruction, is designated as "Second Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy." This spiritual movement within the Catholic Church was promoted by Saint Faustina Kowalksa, whom Pope John Paul II canonized on April 30, 2000.
Polish by birth, she received the Divine Mercy visions in the 1930s and recorded God's personal revelations in her 700-page diary "Divine Mercy in My Soul."
Her mystical visions, revelations and hidden stigmata are recorded in the phonetically written diary, which is void of punctuation. She died from tuberculosis in 1938 Krakow. Her text, dismissed as heretical due to a bad translation, was reconsidered by Karol Wojtyla, Archbishop of Krakow, and later known as Pope John Paul II.
About Divine Mercy Sunday, he stated: "It is important then that we accept the whole message that comes to us from the word of God on this Second Sunday of Easter. Which from now on throughout the world, the Second Sunday of Easter will receive the name Divine Mercy Sunday, a perennial invitation to the Christian world to face, with confidence in divine benevolence, the difficulties and trials that humankind will experience in the years to come."
St. Peter's parishioner Susan Pombrio attended her first five or six years ago at St. Alexander's in Morrisonville.
"Father Gratto had a Divine Mercy celebration," said Pombrio, who is event coordinator. "It piqued my interest, and we have been working on one ever since."
The Rev. Bryan Stitt will officiate at Sunday's celebration at St. Peter's. Parishioners will focus on works of mercy, corporal and spiritual. Corporal works of mercy are: feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the imprisoned, visit the sick and bury the dead. Spiritual works of mercy are: admonish sinners, instruct the uninformed, counsel the doubtful, counsel the sorrowful, be patient with those in error, forgive offenses and pray for the living and the dead.
"It's not just going in on that day and praying," Pombrio said. "It's a call to action as well. Even for somebody who doesn't have the capability of doing these things (corporal), there are spiritual works of mercy as simple as praying for people. The biggest sticking point is people don't realize that it is an official feast of the church now."
Msgr. Joseph Aubin, retired-in-residence at St. Peter's, will be officiating at the Feast of the Divine Mercy at St. Patrick's Church in Rouses Point.
"It has become a very popular, wide-spread devotion throughout the church," Aubin said. "Sister Faustina was a very saintly, mystical woman, who received this private revelation."



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