Archdiocese of Chicago: Schedule of 2013 Divine Mercy Sunday Devotions

Sunday, April 7th, is the Feast of Divine Mercy.

In the 1930’s, Jesus appeared to a Polish nun, St. Faustina Kowalska and gave her many messages. On one occasion, He asked that the 1st Sunday after Easter be made an official Church feast day and he gave her directions on how it should be celebrated. Jesus promised tremendous graces of His mercy to all those devoutly participating in these devotions on the feast day, including a plenary indulgence. See

Jesus said: “On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach My fountain of mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment.”

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Divine Mercy Shrine in Massachusetts

Submitted by Chuck and Alice H.

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  1. Tuesday, April 10, 2012
    At the Divine Mercy Church in Rome (Santo Spirito) they prayed today at 3 p.m specially for “heretics and schismatics” (an issue at the recent Vatican-SSPX talks).There were many people present and extra chairs and seating arrangements had been made.The coming Sunday is the Divine Mercy Sunday.

    Jesus asked Sr.Faustina Kowalski to pray this novena for ‘heretics and schismatics’. Jesus wanted prayers said for their salvation.

    At that time the Catholic Church affirmed the literal interpretation of the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus. The dogma specificially states that ‘heretics and schismatics’ need to convert into the Catholic Church to avoid the fires of Hell.(Cantate Domino, Council of Florence). The novena today afternoon had the very words of the dogma -‘heretics and schismatics’.

    At the recent Vatican-SSPX talks two of the Vatican negotiators, it seems, from their published papers, said all ‘heretics and schismatics’ (Protestants and Orthodox Christians) do not have to enter the Church and cited Vatican Council II (LG 16 etc).They believed that LG 16 says non Catholics can be saved. So these cases are explicit exceptions to the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus.The SSPX team probably did not point it out to them that these cases are known only to God and so are not exceptions. We do not know any of these cases.

    LG 16 also does not state that we know any explicit case of a non Catholic saved in invincible ignorance etc.Neither does LG 16 state that this is an explict exception to the dogma.The Vatican negotiators had to wrongly assume that they are explicit exceptions to the dogma.

    The two Vatican negotiators, Cardinal Ladaria and Bishop Morerod have included this error in the theological papers of the International Theological Commission (ITC) and it can be seen on the ITC website.No one from the SSPX has made the ITC error public.

    Jesus was reminding me ,at least, today afternoon, that we have to pray for the salvation of those who believe in Jesus but are not in the Catholic Church.

    When Sr.Faustina wrote down this novena in her Diary I don’t know if it was before or after the time that the error had come into the Church. I would have to check the date.It was in the 1940’s that the Archbishop of Boston Cardinal Richard Cushing and the Jesuits there, put forward this new theory of the explicitly known case of non Catholics saved in invincible ignorance and the baptism of desire.This was not an issue in Poland at least but later it would spread there and throughout the world, even to the Vatican.

    The Ladaria-Morerod team had no text in Vatican Council II to support their heretical position since LG 16 is not an exception to Ad Gentes7 or the dogma Cantate Domino, whose text is included in the Council of Trent.

    Heretics and schismatics with whom joint ecumenical prayers are being held are all oriented to Hell unless they convert into the Catholic Church according to Vatican Council II (AG 7), since they do not have Catholic Faith.-Lionel Andrades

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