March 28, 2015
Parishes across the Diocese of Nashville will host services to mark Divine Mercy Sunday on April 12, the Sunday after Easter.
The devotion to Divine Mercy is based on the writings and revelations of St. Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun who lived in the 1930s. The revelations from Jesus Christ were recorded in notebooks that were compiled as “The Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska.”
In the revelations, Christ asked for acts of mercy arising out of love for him through deed, word and prayer.
In 2000, St. John Paul II proclaimed that the Second Sunday of Easter should be celebrated as Divine Mercy Sunday to draw the clear connection between the merciful love of God and the Paschal Mystery.
For more information about the Divine Mercy devotion, visit www.divinemercy.org.
Parishes in the Diocese of Nashville that will host Divine Mercy devotions on Sunday, April 12, include:
- Cathedral of the Incarnation, 3 p.m., 2015 West End Ave., Nashville.
- Our Lady of the Lake, 3 p.m., 1729 Stop Thirty Rd., Hendersonville.
- Sacred Heart, 3 p.m., 222 Berger St., Lawrenceburg. Divine Mercy Chaplet, Anointing of the Sick, and Benediction.
- Sacred Heart, 305 Church Street, Loretto. The Knights of Columbus will be praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Novena beginning Friday Apr. 3, 5:30 p.m. It will continue Saturday, Apr. 4, 1 p.m., Sunday, Apr. 5, 1 p.m., Monday, Apr. 6- Fri. Apr. 10, 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Apr. 11, 1 p.m., and conclude Sunday, Apr. 12, 1 p.m. on the Feast of Divine Mercy.
- St. Anthony, 3 p.m., 1900 Huntsville Hwy., Fayetteville. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Adoration, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Veneration, Blessed Faustina’s Praises of the Divine Mercy, and Benediction. Statues and images for homes will be blessed. Light refreshments and fellowship will follow in the social hall.
- St. Catherine, 2 p.m., 3019 Cayce Ln., Columbia.
- St. Catherine, 2:30 p.m., 1024 Faulkner Springs Rd., McMinnville. Rosary, Divine Mercy litany, and Benediction.
- St. Christopher, 3 p.m., 713 W. College St., Dickson. Confessions will be heard at 2 p.m. A reception follows in the Family Life Center.
- St. Edward, 2 p.m., 188 Thompson Ln., Nashville. Divine Mercy prayer service including a catechesis about the Feast Day, praying the chaplet, and venerating the Divine Mercy image.
- St. John Vianney, 3 p.m., 449 N. Water St., Gallatin.
- St. Joseph, 3 p.m., 1225 Gallatin Road, Madison.
- St. Luke, 10682 Old Nashville Hwy., Smyrna. Stations and Divine Mercy novena on April 3, 3 p.m. Divine Mercy novena on April 4, 3 p.m.; April 5-10, 6:30 p.m., April 11, 5 p.m. April 12, Feast of Divine Mercy, 3 p.m., followed by refreshments.
- St. Matthew, 3 p.m., 535 Sneed Rd. W., Franklin. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Chaplet, and Veneration of the image.
- St. Paul the Apostle, 3-4 p.m., 304 W. Grizzard St., Tullahoma.
- St. Philip, 3-4 p.m., 113 Second Ave. South, Franklin. Celebration of Divine Mercy will include: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, confession, veneration of the Mercy Image, rosary, chaplet of the Divine Mercy, recitation of Sister Faustina’s praises of the Divine Mercy and prayers for a Merciful Heart.
- St. Pius X, 2:30 p.m., 2800 Tucker Rd., Nashville.
- St. Rose of Lima, 2:30 p.m., 1601 N. Tennessee Blvd., Murfreesboro. Rosary and bilingual Divine Mercy service. St. Mary Bookstore will be there. Novena begins on Good Friday, Apr. 3, and will be prayed at the church at 3 p.m. It will continue on Saturday, Apr. 4 and Sunday, Apr. 5, 10 a.m., Monday-Thursday, Apr. 6-9 at 3 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, Apr. 10 and 11 after the 8:15 a.m. Mass.