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Divine Mercy Sunday Celebrations

Divine Mercy Sunday Celebrations

Detail from a painting by contemporary Texas artist Jan Janknegt.

Detail from a painting by contemporary Texas artist Jan Janknegt.

UPDATED APRIL 9TH April 12th is Divine Mercy Sunday, the end of the Octave of Easter and and increasingly popular day for devotions. Celebrated on this day because of the visions of St. Faustina, a Polish nun canonized by St. Pope John Paul II, the day became a universal holiday for the Church in 2000. It is a Feast of Mercy celebrating God’s limitless mercy for mankind, and this year Pope Francis will make the official declaration of the Year of Mercy on that day.


Many parishes will mark the day with novenas and special services. Here are some, in alphabetical order (after the word “Saint”):


St. Augustine Church (Minster, OH)
All are welcome to the service that will begin at 2 pm and include a video, Confessions, the Rite of Exposition, Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Veneration of the Divine Mercy Image, Litany in Praise of The Divine Mercy, and Benediction.

St. Bartholomew Church (Finneytown, OH)Fr. David Endres and eight other priests will lead this celebration of Divine Mercy, beginning at 2 pm with the Rosary and a talk by Fr. Endres, followed by all nine priests hearing Confessions and concluding with the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and Benediction at 3 pm. Priests participating:

  • Fr. David Endres
  • Fr. Chester S. Artysiewicz, GHM
  • Fr. Timothy A. Howe, SJ
  • Fr. Mark Hudak, OFM
  • Fr. Thomas E. Kirkendoll, GHM
  • Fr. Thomas H. McCarthy
  • Fr. Edward L. Pigott, SJ
  • Fr. Lambert Ulinzwenimana
  • Fr. Patrick J. Welsh

Blessed Sacrament Church (Fr. Mitchell, KY)
Chaplet of Divine Mercy and the Confessions at 3 pm; all are welcome.

Divine Mercy Parish/Sacred Heart Church (Bellevue, KY)
Eucharistic Adoration with confessions from noon-3 pm, followed by Divine Mercy devotions (including the singing of the Divine Mercy Chaplet) and Benediction.

St. Gertrude the Great Church (Madeira, OH)
Confessions with six confessors will begin at 3 pm on Divine Mercy Sunday. The singing of the Divine Mercy Chaplet will begin at 3:15pm.

Guardian Angels Church (Mt. Washington/Cincinnati)
All are invited to attend a special ceremony to celebrate God’s Divine Mercy at 3 pm. Program includes Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, readings, Divine Mercy Chaplet and Benediction. For more information call 513-231-7440.

Holy Trinity Church (Batavia, OH)
Service at 2 pm. Deacon James Hennessey will preside and lead the Divine Mercy Chaplet;  Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will held. For information call 513-732-2218 ext. 112.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church (Anderson Twp., OH)
Fr. Dan Schmitmeyer will speak about vocations at all Masses (5 pm Saturday; 7:30, 9:30 & 11:30 am and 6 pm Sunday; Spanish Mass at 1:30 pm).

St. James the Greater (White Oak, OH)
Observance at 3 pm.


St. Lawrence Church (Rhine, OH)
1:30 – 2:30 pm: Exposition of the Blessed SAcrament, Benediction, Scripture, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Confession.

Mary, Queen of Peace (Hamilton/Millville, OH)
All are welcome to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, beginning at 2 pm with a procession that will include members of the Knights of Columbus, and several seminarians, who will carry the crucifix and an image of the Divine Mercy. The Queen of Peace choir will sing. Complete Schedule follows:

  • 2:00  Procession; Veneration of Divine Mercy Image; Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; Confessions
  • 2:30 Rosary (including Prayer for Pope’s Intentions)
  • 3:00p (Hour of Mercy) Reading from Saint Faustina’s Diary
  • 3:15 Divine Mercy Chaplet Chant led by Queen of Peace Choir; Beginning and Closing Prayers led by Deacon Mike Mignery
  • 3:30 Eucharistic Procession (outdoors, weather permitting); Benediction

For information call Myrna Heister at 513-887-1094.

St. Michael Church (Fort Loramie, OH)
Divine Mercy Services with Confession and Eucharistic Adoration from 3-4 pm For information call 937-295-2891 or email


Detail from painting created in collaboration with St. Faustina.

Detail from painting created in collaboration with St. Faustina.

Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center (Norwood, OH)
Confessions at 1:30; service at 2:30, including procession and Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

Our Lady of Victory (Delhi/Cincinnati)
Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 2 pm; Confession available.

St. Peter Church (Huber Heights/Dayton, OH)
Veneration of the image of Divine Mercy and Confessions 2-3 pm; reflections/meditations on St. Faustina’s Diary 2:30 pm; Chaplet of Divine Mercy 3 pm; Benediction and Exposition 3-3:30; closing and additional Confessions 4 pm.

Sacred Heart Church (Camp Washington/Cincinnati)
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament following 11:30 am Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form); Confession available. Talk on Divine Mercy at 2 pm by Fr. Earl Fernandes, followed by Chaplet of Divine Mercy from 2:45-3 pm.

Sacred Heart Church/Divine Mercy Parish (Bellevue, KY)
Eucharistic Adoration with confessions from noon-3 pm, followed by Divine Mercy devotions (including the singing of the Divine Mercy Chaplet) and Benediction.


St. Teresa of Avila Church (Western Hills/Cincinnati)
Divine Mercy Hour of Prayer at  3 pm. For information call Maria at 513-921-9200, ext. 101 or email  

St. William Church (Price Hill/Cincinnati)
Service will follow 11 am Mass and begin at about 12:15 pm. It will include Benediction, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of the Divine Mercy chaplet, the Divine Praises and other prayers. For more information please call the parish office at (513)921-0247 or e-mail


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  1. Immaculate Conception in N. Little Rock, AR will process and sing the Divine Mercy Chaplet following the 10:30 Mass. Knights of Columbus will carry the canopy over the image through the parish grounds stopping at the Pieta, Guardian Angels, Mary’s garden, the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Conception statues. On Friday of the novena the school children will sing the chaplet following the school Mass.