Parishes in our Diocese that Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday - 2016

Diocese of Columbus Jubilee Year of Mercy

Sunday, 13 December 2015, 10:30am Mass
3rd Sunday of Advent: Opening of the Cathedral Holy Door for the Jubilee Year

The door will remain open for the entire year so that pilgrims may enter and gain a plenary indulgence.

"24 hours for the Lord"

Friday.4 March 2016 to Saturday, 5 March 2016
Pope Francis is inviting every parish around the world to open its doors for 24 hours so that the faithful might encounter Jesus Christ anew in the Sacrament of Confession and Eucharistic Adoration.

The Lenten Initiative, organized by the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, is called “24 Hours for the Lord”. It is intended also to be a time of reflection and prayer, an opportunity to speak with a priest, and a chance to rediscover- or perhaps discover for the first time- the great mercy at the heart of the Catholic Faith.

Sunday, 20 November 2016, 10:30am Mass
Solemnity of Christ the King: Closing of the Cathedral Holy Door

Unfortunately some people seem to think that this Year of Mercy is simply an invitation to increase our efforts to be 'nice' and 'tolerant.' However, the love that Jesus embodied is lightyears beyond a hum drum feeling of niceness.

We see this most perfectly in Jesus’ resurrection. After the power of God’s love definitively conquered sin and death, Jesus sought out His disciples to offer them the peace of His mercy. Jesus came looking for them. He met the disciples on the road to Emmaus. The apostles were shocked as Jesus walked through locked doors to banish their fear and disbelief. Jesus could have sat outside the tomb and waited for the apostles to come to meet Him. But His love was and action; He took the initiative to go to meet them. He desired to comfort their frightened hearts and to forgive their guilty consciences. Jesus’ merciful love was missionary.

The Divine Mercy image beautifully depicts Jesus’ burning zeal to pour out His mercy upon humanity. On February 22, 1931, Jesus appeared to St. Faustina and gave her a special mandate. In this vision He wore a white robe which was drawn slightly aside at the breast. From His Heart emanated red and white rays symbolizing the blood and water which gushed forth when, on the cross, His Heart was pierced by a lance. These rays represent His all-powerful love which is poured out upon the world as well as the Sacraments which gives us to life. Jesus requested that St. Faustina paint this image so that many people could draw grace from this picture.

In the past 85 years, the Divine Mercy image has become one of the most well-known images of Jesus. One of the most striking aspects of this devotion is that it captures the great movement of the Heart of God in our day. In this image we see that once again Jesus is drawing us, begging us to come to receive the love of His Heart. But this image also depicts Jesus walking toward us. Jesus is inviting us to receive His mercy but it seems that this invitation has a certain impatience and urgency. Perhaps Jesus knows we are too wounded, too heavy laden and too stuck in sin to come to Him in order to seek mercy. He is coming to us!

Divine Mercy image

We need to do something more as Catholic Christians during this year of mercy than being just nice, we need to go out of our comfort zone and embrace our neighbor in need.

Our Lord lets us know on the Day of Judgment what will happen to those who sit around and do nothing.

Matthew 25:41-46
(Verse 41) Then He will say to those on His left, 'Depart from me you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.' (Verse 45) 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of the least of these, you did it not to me.' (Verse 46) '. . . and they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.'

(Scripture quote taken from second edition RSV Ignatius Bible)


The following parishes in the Diocese of Columbus schedule for the year 2015 for Divine Mercy Sunday:

Chillicothe St. Peter – 12:30 to 3 p.m., Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; 3 p.m., singing of Chaplet of Divine Mercy, followed by Benediction. Sacrament of Reconciliation available from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11. Chaplet is being recited every day through Sunday at 3 p.m.

Circleville St. Joseph – 2 p.m., Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by Benediction; 3 p.m., Chaplet.

Columbus Holy Family – 12:30 p.m., Exposition; 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Reconciliation (Rosary will be prayed during confessions); 1:45 p.m., solemn blessing and veneration of Divine Mercy image; 2:15 p.m., Stations of the Cross; 3 p.m., Chaplet; 4:30 p.m., Benediction; 5 p.m., Mass.

Columbus Holy Rosary-St. John – 9:30 a.m., Procession with Divine Mercy image, followed by Mass, blessing and enthronement of image, recital of Chaplet, and veneration of image.

Columbus Sacred Heart – 2 p.m., Exposition, Litany of the Sacred Heart, blessing and veneration of Divine Mercy image; 2:20 p.m., Scriptural Rosary; 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., Reconciliation; 3 p.m., Chaplet; 3:45 p.m., Benediction; 4 p.m., Mass.

Columbus St. Catharine – 2 p.m., Exposition; 2:05 to 3 p.m., Reconciliation; 2:05 p.m., Rosary; 2:30 p.m., Stations; 3 p.m., Chaplet, led by soloist; 3:30 p.m., Benediction.

Columbus St. Timothy – Following noon Mass, Adoration; 1:30 p.m., Reconciliation; 2:30 p.m., Blessing of Divine Mercy image, Chaplet; 3 p.m., Benedition.

Dublin St. Brigid of Kildare – 3 to 4 p.m., Holy Hour with Scripture reading, reflection, meditation, Adoration, chaplet recital, intercessions, and Benediction.

Hilliard St. Brendan – 2 p.m., Exposition; 2:05 to 4 p.m., Reconciliation; 2:05 p.m., Rosary; 2:30 p.m., Stations; 3 p.m., Chaplet, led by soloist; 4:30 p.m., Benediction; 5 p.m., Mass.

Lancaster St. Mark – 3 p.m., Chaplet; 3:20 p.m., Mass, followed by reception.

Logan St. John – 2 p.m., movie about history of the Divine Mercy devotion in church hall; 2:45 p.m., short discussion; 3 p.m., Exposition in church; 3:15 p.m., Reconciliation, singing of Chaplet; 3:30 p.m., Benediction and Reposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

Mattingly Settlement St. Mary – 2 to 3 p.m., Holy Hour of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament; 3 p.m., Chaplet. Divine Mercy novena will be prayed following 3 p.m. Liturgy of the Word on Thursday, April 9 and 3 p.m. Mass on Friday, April 10. Novena will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 11, followed by Reconciliation, with Mass for the Second Sunday of Easter at 4:30.

Mount Vernon St. Vincent de Paul – 2 to 3:30 p.m., Benediction, prayers, hymns, Chaplet.

New Philadelphia Sacred Heart – 2:30 p.m., Exposition, Rosary, Chaplet, Benediction, Reconciliation.

Newark Blessed Sacrament – 10:30 a.m., Mass; 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Adoration; 1 to 3 p.m., Reconciliation; 3 p.m., Chaplet, followed by Benediction. Divine Mercy Novena will be prayed at 3 p.m. daily through Saturday, April 11.

Plain City St. Joseph – 2 p.m., Exposition; 2 to 3:15 p.m., Reconciliation; 2:30 p.m., Rosary; 3 p.m., Chaplet; 3:30 p.m., Benediction.

Pond Creek Holy Trinity – 3 p.m., Chaplet, Adoration, and Reconciliation. For all Scioto County parishes.

Powell St. Joan of Arc – 3 p.m., Exposition, followed by blessing of Divine Mercy image and Chaplet; 3:30 to 5 p.m., Reconciliation; 5 p.m., Benediction; 5:30 p.m., Mass. Rosary will be prayed throughout the celebration.

Sunbury St. John Neumann – 12:15 p.m., Holy Hour and sung Chaplet.

West Jefferson Ss. Simon and Jude – 1 to 3 p.m., Adoration; 2 to 2:45 p.m., Reconciliation; 3 p.m., Chaplet, followed by Benediction.

Zanesville St. Thomas Aquinas – Noon to 3 p.m., Adoration, Reconciliation, Rosary, talk on Divine Mercy; 3 p.m., sung Chaplet, Benediction.