DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY INDULGENCE
On 29 June 2002, the Apostolic
Penitentiary of the Holy See promulgated a decree creating new indulgences
that may be gained by the faithful in connection with the celebration
of Divine Mercy Sunday. This decree grants a plenary indulgence
to those who comply with all the conditions established, and a partial
indulgence to those who incompletely fulfill the conditions.
I. The usual conditions for every plenary indulgence:
• sacramental confession [according to previously issued norms,
within abut 20 days before or after]
• Eucharistic communion [according to previously issued norms,
preferably on the day, or the days before or after]
• prayer for the intentions of Supreme Pontiff [certain prayers
are not specified]
II. The specific conditions for this Indulgence
On Divine Mercy Sunday
• in any church or chapel, in a spirit that is completely
detached from the affection for a sin, even a venial sin, take part
in the prayers and devotions held in honour of Divine Mercy
• or, 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 partial indulgence, granted to the faithful who, at least with
a contrite heart, pray to the merciful Lord Jesus a legitimately
approved invocation. [e.g. Jesus I trust in You. My Jesus mercy.
or any other approved invocation]
Those who cannot go to church or the seriously ill
Conditions for a Plenary Indulgence:
• totally detesting any sin,
• the intention of fulfilling as soon as possible the three
usual conditions of confession, communion and prayers for the Holy
• recite the Our Father and the Creed before a devout image
of Our Merciful Lord Jesus
• pray a devout invocation to the Merciful Lord Jesus (e.g.
Merciful Jesus, I trust in you).
If it is impossible to do even this:
• with a spiritual intention unite with those carrying out
the prescribed practice for obtaining the Indulgence in the usual
• offer to the Merciful Lord a prayer and the sufferings of
their illness and the difficulties of their lives, with the resolution
to accomplish as soon as possible the three conditions prescribed
to obtain the plenary indulgence.
Duty of priests
Priests who exercise pastoral ministry, especially parish priests,
• inform the faithful in the most suitable way of the Church's
salutary provision [of a plenary indulgence].
• promptly and generously be willing to hear their confessions
[this does not necessarily have to be on Divine Mercy Sunday itself,
since that is not a condition for the indulgence]
On Divine Mercy Sunday, after celebrating Mass or Vespers, or during
devotions in honour of Divine Mercy,
• lead the recitation of the prayers
• when they instruct their people, gently encourage the faithful
to practise works of charity or mercy as often as they can
OF THE SAINTS
ST. EDMUND CAMPION
St. Edmund lived in the sixteenth century. He was a very popular young English student who was a great speaker.
St. Bibiana's father Flavian had been prefect of the city of Rome in early Christian times.
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER
St. Francis Xavier, the great missionary, was born at Xavier Castle in Spain in 1506.
ST. JOHN DAMASCENE
St. John lived in the eighth century. He was born in the city of Damascus of a good Christian family
St. Sabas, born in 439, is one of the most famous monks of Palestine.
St. Nicholas is the great patron of children and of Christmas giving.
St. Ambrose was born around 340. He was the son of the Roman governor of Gaul.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF MARY
Our first parents offended God by sinning seriously.
BLESSED JUAN DIEGO
St. Juan Diego is well-known because the Mother of God appeared to him.
ST. JOHN ROBERTS
St. John was born in Wales in 1577. Although he was not a Catholic, he was taught by an elderly priest.
ST. DAMASUS I
ST. Damasus was born in Rome and lived in the fourth century-exciting times for the Church.
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
We celebrate the event of Mary's appearances on Tepyac Hill in Mexico.
St. Lucy, the beloved saint, lived in Syracuse, Sicily. She was born toward the end of the third century.
ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS
St. John was born in Spain in 1542. He was the son of a weaver.
St. Nino was a Christian girl who lived in the fourth century.
St. Adelaide was born in 931. At the age of sixteen, this Burgundian princess was married to King Lothair.
St. Olympias was born around the year 361. She belonged to a great family of Constantinople.
St. Flannan lived around the seventh century. He was the son of an Irish chieftain named Turlough. Flannan was educated by the monks.
BLESSED URBAN V
Blessed Urban's name before he became pope was William de Grimoard.
ST. DOMINIC OF SILOS
St. Dominic, a Spanish shepherd boy, was born at the beginning of the eleventh century.
ST. PETER CANISIUS
ST. Peter, a Dutch man, was born in 1521. His father wanted him to be a lawyer.
ST. CHAEREMON AND ST. ISCHYRION AND OTHER MARTYRS
The third century was marked by Roman persecutions of the Church.
ST. JOHN OF KANTY
St. John, the Polish saint, was born in 1390, the son of good country folk.
ST. MARGUERITE D'YOUVILLE
St. Marguerite was born in Quebec, Canada, on October 15, 1701.
St. Charbel was born Youssef Makhlouf on May 8, 1828, in a mountain village in Lebanon.
CHRISTMAS, THE BIRTHDAY OF JESUS
The time had come for the Son of God to become man for love of us.
St. Stephen's name means crown. He was the first disciple of Jesus to receive the martyr's crown.
ST. JOHN THE APOSTLE
St. John was a fisherman in Galilee. He was called to be an apostle.
THE HOLY INNOCENTS
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the Wise Men came from the east to worship him.
ST. THOMAS BECKET
St. Thomas Becket was born in 1118, in London, England.
St. Anysia lived in Thessalonica toward the end of the second century.
St. Sylvester dates back to early Christian times, to the reign of Constantine.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
for Holy Relics)
Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?