This Sunday marks the Fifth Sunday of Lent. Next weekend we have Palm Sunday, and then Easter is the following Sunday. Holy Week is fast approaching. Part of our Easter preparations should be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation. OLH and St. Patrick’s in Wadsworth will have Confessions all day at St. Patrick’s on this Tuesday, March 20th [8AM until 8PM]. Please note that the Confessions will be in the new, larger Church.
In addition, St. Anastasia in Waukegan will have a Lenten Reconciliation Service on this Wednesday, March 21st, at 7PM with an opportunity for individual Confessions in both English and Spanish. St. Dismas in Waukegan will have Confessions this Tuesday, March 20th, from 5PM to 5:30PM, and on this Thursday, March 22nd, from 6PM until 7PM. I also mention that Marytown in Libertyville has Confessions Monday through Friday from 10:30AM until 11:30AM, and from 6PM until 7PM.
With next weekend being Palm Sunday, our Knights of Columbus will once again graciously host Donut Sunday on March 25th.
As I write this column, there are still books, handouts, and leaﬂets left by Fr. Anthony Jelinek who gave our Parish Mission two weeks ago. Please feel free to help yourself to them; they are on the table in the Southwest corner of the Church.
With Easter fast approaching, I thought that I would write a little bit about the Divine Mercy Devotion. If you are not familiar with it, I strongly encourage you learn about it. I will place pamphlets on the tables at the entrances of the Church.
In the 1930’s, Jesus appeared to the uneducated Polish Nun, St. Faustina, revealing to her the message of the Divine Mercy. She would go on to record those revelations about God’s mercy in her diary. Brieﬂy, the message is that God loves us, and wants to pour forth His unfathomable mercy upon us, no matter how many or great our sins may be.
The basics of Divine Mercy Devotion can be remembered by thinking of the ABC’s of mercy: A) Ask God for mercy. We can do this above all in the Sacrament of Confession. Jesus loves to pour forth an ocean of mercy upon us, but we must ask. B) Be merciful to others. Sacred Scripture tells us that God will be merciful to us in the measure that we are merciful to others. C) Completely trust in Jesus. Trust is the essence of the devotion.
St. Pope John Paul II canonized St. Faustina on April 30, 2000, and declared the ﬁrst Sunday after Easter (the Second Sunday of Easter) to be Divine Mercy Sunday. Absolutely extraordinary graces are available to those who receive Holy Communion on this day, go to Confession as close to the Feast as possible, preferably within one week, and make a Novena. Jesus asked that we make the Novena to the Divine Mercy, which begins on Good Friday and ends on the Saturday before Divine Mercy Sunday. The Novena only takes 5-10 minutes to pray each day; please take one of the pamphlets for instructions and information.
With the exception of Easter Sunday, there will be group recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy in the Church each day from Good Friday through the ﬁrst Saturday after Easter. Please see the bulletin for details. Again, I highly encourage you to learn more about St. Faustina and the Divine Mercy Devotion. Please consider beginning the nine-day Novena on Good Friday. Please also refer to the schedule of Masses for Holy Week in our bulletin.