This Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday. On April 30, 2000, Saint Pope John Paul II officially designated the second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday. Divine Mercy is a devotion to the merciful love of God and the desire to share that love with others. This devotion is based on the visions received by St. Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun, and published in her 600-page diary. Jesus asked St. Faustina to spread the message of Divine Mercy by commissioning¬† a painting of His mercy pouring out from His sacred heart and to include the words “Jesus, I trust in you.” In these challenging times, our trust in God is vital. It’s this trust and love which can bring us solace in the most difficult moments.

To honor this day, please join Fr. Mark, Emily Schmid and Stevie LeWarne this Sunday, April 19 at noon as we livestream a musical version of the Divine Mercy Chaplet on our Facebook page. The Des Moines Diocese is also offering a number of opportunities this weekend to commemorate this feast day. Finally, please check out the links below for more ways to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday with your family.

Celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday with Children