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Hundreds attend the annual Divine Mercy Sunday Celebration at St. Bartholomew Parish in Springfield Township (Finneytown). CT photo/Gail Finke


Our April print issue features the annual Divine Mercy Sunday celebration at St. Bartholomew Parish in Finneytown (Springfield Twp.) It has grown steadily for 15 years, but is not the only local celebration of this feast, which started in Poland but became a universal feast in 2000. Divine Mercy Sunday is April 8, 2018.

Below is a list of area parishes and institutions with Divine Mercy Sunday celebrations. Some cap a parish novena that begins on Good Friday, and some do not. Several are multipart events, like the one at St. Bart’s: St. Francis Xavier’s in downtown Cincinnati features lunch and a speaker; Queen of Peace’s in Hamilton features a Eucharistic procession. Others are smaller-scale celebrations with prayer and adoration.  Is your celebration missing from our list? If so, send the information to [email protected] and we’ll add it. (Click on Church name for map.)

St. Adalbert, Dayton
Novena Closing Service April 8 from 2 – 4 p.m.

St. Augustine, Minster
Divine Mercy Sunday Prayer Service 2-: 4:00 pm. Includes Rite of Exposition, Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Veneration of Divine Image, and Benediction; also viewing a DVD. People welcome for all or any part of the service.

St. Bartholomew, Springfield Twp./Finneytown
Numerous priests will be available for confession and a guest speaker will talk at the 19th annual Divine Mercy Sunday celebration at St. Bart’s, 2 – 4 p.m.

St. Bernadette, Amelia 
Divine Mercy Sunday afternoon will hear the message of mercy which Christ entrusted to St. Faustina that gives hope to all mankind, April 8 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

St. Bernard, Springfield
The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be sung following the 9 a.m. Mass April 8.

Emmanuel, Dayton
Divine Mercy Sunday observance begins at 12:30 p.m. with confession and Eucharistic adoration; Mass at 2 p.m.; Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3 p.m. ends the afternoon of prayer. The celebration also kicks off the parish mission on Divine Mercy and the Eucharist. Father of Mercy James Costigan will lead this mission April 9-12, beginning at 7 p.m. each night.

St. Francis Xavier, downtown Cincinnati
Celebration begins with Mass at noon and ends with Mass at 5 p.m. Lunch (no charge) at 1 p.m. and a talk on “St. Faustina and The Divine Mercy: Flowing from the Sacred Heart and the Holy Eucharist” by Jesuit Father Cyril Whitaker begins at 1:30. Confessions will be offered from 2-5 p.m.; Divine Mercy Holy Hour at 3 p.m. featuring Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Exposition, Benediction, and veneration of the Divine Mercy image. Also scheduled: book sales, a raffle, and a social gathering; people welcome for all or any part of the day.

St. Gertrude. Madeira
Divine Mercy Sunday Service and consecration to the Divine Mercy 2:30-3:30; confessions and veneration of the Divine Mercy image begin at 2:30, Divine Mercy Chaplet begins at 3 p.m, consecration at 3:15.

Guardian Angels Church, Mt. Washington
Divine Mercy Service 3 p.m.

Holy Redeemer, New Bremen
Novena begins Good Friday; Divine Mercy Sunday Service 12-3 p.m., includes Adoration, Divine Mercy prayers, Exposition and Benediction.

Holy Trinity, Coldwater
Divine Mercy Sunday service begins at 2 p.m. with Eucharistic Adoration, prayers, songs, and the Scriptural rosary. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will begin at 3 p.m., followed by  veneration of the Divine Mercy Image. Confession available.

Immaculate Conception, Botkins
Prayer service begins at 3 p.m. will and include Exposition/Benediction, proclamation of the Word, Confession, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, more.

St. James the Greater, White Oak
Divine Mercy Sunday devotions at 3:00 p.m.; including Eucharistic adoration and Chaplet of the Divine Mercy.

St. Louis, Owensville
Divine Mercy Sunday Service and Eucharistic Adoration 2 – 9 p.m. Service includes Chaplet of Divine Mercy and participate in the Hour of Great Mercy

St. Margaret of York, Loveland
Divine Mercy service begins at 2 p.m. with Eucharistic adoration, prayer, opportunity for Confession; Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3 p.m.

Old St. Mary’s

Penance from 2:00 p.m. until just before 3:00 p.m., when Divine Mercy devotions will begin.

Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Center, Norwood
Divine Mercy Sunday Service begins at 2 p.m., led by Father Benjamin Kusi.

Our Lady of Victory, Delhi
Divine Mercy Chaplet at 2p.m.; confessions from 2-4 p.m.

Queen of Peace, Hamilton
Divine Mercy Sunday Service 2-4 p.m. Four priests will lead the service, which includes Exposition and Adoration, rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Eucharistic procession at 3:30 p.m., more. Dinner reception follows service.

Sacred Heart, Anna
Divine Mercy Sunday, April 8 including rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and other prayers; Confession available throughout.

The original Divine Mercy image, as described by St. Faustina, by painter Eugene Kazimirowski. Courtesy photo.


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