April 10, 2009

Divine Mercy services are scheduled in archdiocese

Divine Mercy Sunday services are scheduled on April 19 at various parishes in the archdiocese. All the prayer services are open to the public.

The late Pope John Paul II instituted the observance of Divine Mercy Sunday—which is based on the visions of St. Faustina Kowalska, who was a member of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy—on the first Sunday after Easter.

Catholics are encouraged to go to confession and receive the Eucharist on Divine Mercy Sunday in order to obtain forgiveness for their sins.

Divine Mercy Sunday prayer services on April 19 reported to The Criterion are as follows:

  • St. Augustine Home for the Aged Chapel, 2345 W. 86th St., Indianapolis—3 p.m. Divine Mercy chaplet. Information: 317-872-6420.
  • St. Michael the Archangel Church, 3354 W. 30th St., Indianapolis—2 p.m. eucharistic adoration followed by 3 p.m. Divine Mercy chaplet, sermon, eucharistic procession and Benediction, Msgr. Joseph F. Schaedel, vicar general, presider, with Father Varghese Maliakkal, parish administrator. Information: 317-926-7359.
  • Christ the King Church, 1827 Kessler Blvd., East Drive, Indianapolis—2 p.m. eucharistic adoration followed by 3 p.m. prayer service, Divine Mercy chaplet, Benediction and eucharistic procession, Father Tony Volz, pastor, presider. Information: 317-255-3666.
  • St. Mary Church, 317 N. New Jersey St., Indianapolis—following 1:15 p.m. Mass, eucharistic adoration and Divine Mercy chaplet in Spanish. Information: 317-637-3983.
  • St. Michael Church, 101 St. Michael Drive, Charlestown—1 p.m. bilingual Mass followed by 2 p.m. eucharistic adoration and reconciliation then 3 p.m. Divine Mercy chaplet. Information: 812-738-2742.
  • St. Bartholomew Church, 1306 27th Ave., Columbus—3 p.m. eucharistic adoration followed by Divine Mercy chaplet and Benediction. Information: 812-379-9353.
  • St. Michael Church, 519 Jefferson Blvd., Greenfield—2:30 p.m. eucharistic adoration followed by Divine Mercy chaplet and Benediction. Information: 317-462-4240 or deaconwayne@att.net.
  • St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross Church, 23455 Gavin Lane, Lawrenceburg—3 p.m. eucharistic adoration, Divine Mercy chaplet and Benediction. Information: 812-656-8700.
  • Holy Family Church, 235 S. 5th St., Richmond—2:30 p.m. Divine Mercy prayer service and eucharistic adoration, reconciliation begins at 12:30 p.m. Information: 765-962-3902.
  • St. Vincent de Paul Church, 4218 E. Michigan Road, Shelbyville—2 p.m. Eucharistic adoration, Benediction and Divine Mercy chaplet. Information: 317-398-4028.
  • St. Nicholas Church, 6461 E. St. Nicholas Drive, Sunman—2 p.m. Divine Mercy chaplet, eucharistic adoration, reconciliation, 1-3 p.m. Information: 812-623-8007.
  • St. Vincent de Paul Church, 1723 “I” St., Bedford—3 p.m. Divine Mercy prayer service, reconciliation begins at 1:30 p.m.

(For instructions on how to pray the Divine Mercy chaplet, log on to http://thedivinemercy.org/message/devotions/pray the chaplet.php. For instructions on how to pray the Divine Mercy novena, log on to www.ewtn.com/devotionals/mercy/novena.htm.)

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