"Behold, I stand at the door and knock"
Opening Hymn during Lent: You Stand Knocking
You spoke my name and took my hand, and called me friend.
Such faithful love, so undeserved, a heart transformed.
Though I wandered and have strayed, still Your mercy reigns.
(R) You were broken for me, arms wide open on a tree.
You stand knocking at the door, offering all I'm hoping for.
To those in dark the Lord cries out, "Come and be saved." Along the way we shall find rest, the Lord is good.
For God comforts well His own, we are His alone. (R)
You are mine, I am Yours, Lord. I am Yours, you are mine and I am Yours. You are mine and I am Yours. Though I wandered and have strayed, still Your mercy reigns.
Penance Fair: April 2, 2019 12:00 Noon - 7:30 p.m.
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Stations of the Cross during Lent
Please join us for Stations of the Cross on all Fridays during Lent at 5:30 p.m. in English and 7:00 p.m. in Spanish.
Soup Suppers during Lent
Please join us for Soup Suppers every Monday after the 5:30 p.m. daily Mass, in the St. Faustina Commons.
Friday morning Mass during Lent
Please join us for an early daily Mass on Fridays, at 7:00 a.m. at Divine Mercy Church. This is in addition to the regularly scheduled 8:30 a.m. Mass at IC.
Holy Thursday: april 18
Holy Thursday Morning Prayer:
8:30 a.m. Divine Mercy Catholic Church
Holy Thursday is the commemoration of the Last Supper of Jesus Christ, when he established the sacrament of Holy Communion prior to his arrest and crucifixion. It also commemorates His institution of the priesthood.
The Last Supper was the final meal Jesus shared with his Disciples in Jerusalem. During the meal, Jesus predicts his betrayal.
The central observance of Holy Thursday is the ritual reenactment of the Last Supper at Mass. This event is celebrated at every Mass, as party of the Liturgy of the Eucharist, but it is specially commemorated on Holy Thursday.
During the Mass, Catholics rightly believe, as an article of faith, that the unleavened bread and wine are transformed into the body and blood of Jesus Christ through a process known as transubstantiation.
On the night of Holy Thursday, Eucharistic Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place where the faithful remain in the presence of the Eucharist just as the Disciples kept a vigil with Christ.
Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper (Bilingual):
7:00 p.m. Divine Mercy Catholic Church
He also establishes the special priesthood for his disciples. Christ washed the feet of his Disciples, who would become the first priests.
This establishment of the priesthood is reenacted at Mass with the priest washing the feet of several parishioners.
Good Friday is the day on which Catholics commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Catholics are joined by almost all other Christians in solemn commemoration on this day. It is also a legal holiday around much of the world.
According to the gospels, Jesus was betrayed by Judas on the night of the Last Supper, commemorated on Holy Thursday. The morning following Christ's arrest, Pilate reluctantly agreed to execute Jesus and sentenced him to crucifixion.
Before his execution, Jesus was flogged, which was a customary practice intended to weaken a victim before crucifixion. Crucifixion was an especially painful method of execution and was perfected by the Romans as such. It was reserved for the worst criminals.
During his flogging, the soldiers tormented Jesus, crowning Him with thorns and ridicule.
Following his flogging, Jesus was compelled to carry his cross to the place of His execution, at Calvary, where Jesus was nailed to the cross and crucified between two thieves.
During Christ's last few hours on the cross, darkness fell over the whole land.
Prior to death, Jesus spoke His last words, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Properly understood, the last words of Christ were triumphant. Guards then lanced Jesus' side to ensure He was dead.
At the moment of Christ's death, an earthquake occurred, powerful enough to open tombs. The long, thick curtain at the Temple was said to have torn from top to bottom.
Following the incredible events of the day, the body of Christ was removed from the cross and laid in a donated tomb, buried according to custom.
Good Friday is a day of fasting within the Church. Traditionally, there is no Mass and no celebration of the Eucharist on Good Friday. A liturgy may still be performed and communion comes from hosts consecrated on Holy Thursday. Church bells are silent. Altars are left bare.
Good Friday Services
8:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
12 Noon Stations of the Cross in English
3:00 p.m. Celebration of the Lord's Passion
7:00 p.m. Via Crucis: Stations of the Cross in Spanish (with English)
Good Friday: April 19
Holy Saturday: April 20
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
First Mass of Easter - The Great Easter Vigil
Holy Saturday is the part of the Triduum that is observed mostly by an absence of attention. To those of us who believe, it is reminds us of the hopelessness that would permanently have inhabited the world, had not the Savior risen from the dead.
On Holy Saturday, the Church pauses at the Lord's tomb, meditating his Passion and Death, His descent into Hell, and, with prayer and fasting, awaits His Resurrection.
For the faithful, Holy Saturday is a day of waiting and preparing as Mary did near the tomb of her Son. We remember that He is already at work, proclaiming the finished work during His descent to the dead. While Mary did not really know what would happen next, there was a sense of anticipation that there is more to come; a sense we need to keep with us today.
We can identify with her in our own waiting. We are readying ourselves for the shout of hope, "He is risen! He is risen! He is risen, indeed!"
Easter Sunday: April 21, 2019
Since Easter represents the fulfillment of God's promises to mankind, it is the most important holiday on the Christian calendar.
Easter Sunday Masses:
8:00 a.m. Mass
10:00 a.m. Mass (ASL interpreted)
Noon: Mass in Spanish
5:00 p.m.: Mass