Divine Mercy Ministry in Christ the King Church
The fact that God is merciful should not surprise us. The Holy Bible has over 400 direct references to the Mercy of God. There are many more indirect references. Fifty five of the Psalms praise God’s Mercy. Belief in a Merciful God became one of the characteristics of the Jewish religion. We could almost call the Holy Bible the DIARY OF GOD’S MERCY toward mankind.
The most comprehensive statement by the Magisterium on the meaning of Divine Mercy can be found in Pope John Paul II’s Encyclical Letter “Dives in Misericordia” (Rich in Mercy, 1981). In that encyclical, the Holy Father made two very important statements about mercy. First, he wrote, “Mercy is love’s second name.” Secondly, he taught that mercy is “the greatest attribute of God.”
Divine Mercy→ the Greatest Attribute of God
Divine Mercy → Love is Mercy’s second name
Forms of the Devotion to Divine Mercy
The Diary of Sister Faustina contains many beautiful passages which reveal the greatness and depth of the mystery of the mercy of God as well as of prayer in various situations arising out of different needs of both body and soul. Yet, a special role in the Apostolic Movement of the Divine Mercy is played by those forms of the cult to which the Lord Jesus had attached His promises addressed to everybody, not just to Sister Faustina. Having accepted this criterion, after a detailed theological analysis of the Diary, the chief theologian in Sister Faustina’s beatification process, Rev. Prof. Ignacy Różycki, had distinguished five forms of the devotion to the Divine Mercy.
1- The Image of the Merciful Jesus
2- The Feast of the Divine Mercy
3- The Chaplet to the Divine Mercy
4- The Hour of Mercy
5- Spreading the Divine Mercy Devotion
1- THE IMAGE OF THE MERCIFUL JESUS
Jesus said to Saint Faustina: “I am offering people a vessel, with which they are to keep coming for graces to the fountain of mercy. That vessel is this image with the signature: “Jesus I trust in you.” (Diary 327). “By means of this Image I shall be granting many graces to souls; so, let every soul have access to it.” (Diary 570)
→ The Divine Mercy Pilgrim Image at Christ the King:
“WEEKLY FAMILIES TAKE THE IMAGE HOME FOR ONE WEEK”
10:30 MASS: January, March, May, July, September and November.
12:30 MASS: February, April, June, August, October & December
2- THE FEAST OF THE DIVINE MERCY
Jesus said: “I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. 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 the Fount of My Mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain Complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet.” (Diary 699)
→ THE FEAST OF THE DIVINE MERCY at Christ the King
April 19, 2009
At Christ the King in preparation for the DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY we will start the Divine Mercy Novena on 4/10 and end it on 4/18, 2009.
Good Friday 4/10 11:30 AM before the Stations of the Cross @ 12:00
Holy Saturday 4/11 7:10 PM before Easter Vigil Mass
Easter Sunday 4/12 9:45 AM before 10:30 Mass
Easter Monday 4/13 7:10 AM before 7:30 AM Daily Mass
Easter Tuesday 4/14 7:10 AM before 7:30 AM Daily Mass
Easter Wednesday 4/15 7:10 AM before 7:30 AM Daily Mass
Easter Thursday 4/16 7:10 AM before 7:30 AM Daily Mass
Easter Friday 4/17 7:10 AM before 7:30 AM Daily Mass
Easter Saturday 4/18 5:10 PM before 5:30 Vigil Mass
Divine Mercy Sunday – April 19, 2009: Reception in the hall after 8:30, 10:30 and 12:30 Masses. Pilgrim Image does not go out and is exposed in the Church. 2:30 PM gather to pray the Chaplet and the 3:00 O’clock Prayer in the Church.
3- THE CHAPLET TO THE DIVINE MERCY
Jesus Said to Saint Faustina: “My Daughter, encourage souls to say the chaplet. It pleases Me to grant everything they ask of Me by saying the chaplet” (Diary 1541)… “Through the chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will” (Diary 1731)… “..Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this chaplet ONLY ONCE, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy…” (Diary 687)
→ Christ the King Chaplet Prayer times:
– Daily at 7:10 AM, before the 7:30 A.M Mass.
– Every Tuesday during the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, 7:00 to 9:00 PM.
– Wednesdays at 8:10 AM Mass by School Children
– During First Fridays Divine Mercy Devotion: After the 6:30 PM Mass.
4- THE HOUR OF MERCY: At 3:00 O’clock, Can be prayed daily individually wherever we are, home, work, etc…
“O blood and Water, which gushed forth from the hearth of Jesus as a fount of mercy for us, I trust in You. (Diary 187)
Jesus said to Saint Faustina: “I remind you, My daughter, that as often as you hear the clock strike the third hour, immerse yourself completely in My mercy, adoring and glorifying it; ….In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking; it was the hour of grace for the whole world – mercy triumphed over justice” …(Diary 1571)
5- SPREADING THE DIVINE MERCY DEVOTION
Jesus said: “Souls who spread the honor of My mercy I shield through their entire lives as a tender mother her infant, and at the hour of death I will not be a Judge for them, but the Merciful Savior” (Diary 1075)
** At Christ the King we have the opportunity to learn more about the Divine Mercy Devotion by joining and participating in the:
→ DIVINE MERCY MONTHLY FORMATION
This fire of mercy needs to be passed on to the world. In the mercy of God the
world will find peace and mankind will find happiness! I entrust this task to you,
dear Brothers and Sisters, […] and to all the votaries of Divine Mercy.
May you be witnesses to mercy! (JOHN PAUL II,)
We invite you to join us at the Divine Mercy formation sessions held at: Christ the King Roman-Catholic Parish
Join us to learn more about the Divine Mercy Spirituality.
Divine Mercy is the core of our faith. Devotion to Divine Mercy is a way of Life.
CHRIST THE KING DIVINE MERCY MINISTRY 2009 FORMATION SCHEDULE
January No formation session
February 28, Retreat 9:00 to 3:00 Hall, 3:00–5:00 PM Church
March 21, 3:00 – 5:00 PM Hall
April 25, 3:00 – 5:00 PM Hall
May 9, 3:00 – 5:00 PM Hall
June 20, 3:00 – 5:00 PM Hall
July 11, 3:00 – 5:00 PM Hall
August 15, 3:00 – 5:00 PM Hall
November 20, 21, 22 – Divine Mercy Congress
To register for the formation please call:
The Lay Institute of Divine Mercy
Tel: 323/463-1333 or (323) 449-9014 – Ms. Lelis Cruzata, Coordinator
Website: www. divinemercy.opoka.org E-mail: email@example.com
→ DIVINE MERCY MINISTRY MONTHLY MEETINGS
→ DIVINE MERCY CONGRESS
November 20, 21 and 22, 2009
Southern California Divine Mercy Congress
at Christ the King Parish
2006 Congress – “Divine Mercy, Transform Us to Be Your Vessel of Hope” (http://www.divinemercy.opoka.org)
Three-Days Congress took place on April 28- April 30, 2006 at Christ the King Parish. Most Reverend Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, Archbishop Metropolitan of Moscow presided over our Congress. The 2006 Southern California Divine Mercy Congress was a success! Our hearth full thanks goes to Merciful Jesus. He is the Lord.
2007 Congress – ““Divine Mercy: The answer to a troubled World”
The Second Divine Mercy Congress – September 14–15–16, 2007
The 2007 Southern California Divine Mercy Congress at Christ the King Parish, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, was a special call to be a Witness of Divine Mercy. May Merciful Jesus be glorified. He is the Lord.
Most Reverend Edward Ozorowski Archbishop Metropolitan of Bialystok, Poland presided over our Congress. Archbishop Ozorowski is a well known Theologian, Professor and Writer. He is the author of 1500 books and publications.
2008 Congress – “Christ, the King of Mercy”
Saint Sister Faustina, wrote in her Diary: “He desires everyone to know this before He comes again as Judge. He wants souls to come to know Him first as King of Mercy” (Diary 378). 2008 Southern California Divine Mercy Congress took place on November 21 – 23, 2008. On November 23 was the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King – our Parish Feast.
His Excellency Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, Archbishop of Minsk and Mahilyow, Belarus, presided over the Congress. Among our speakers where His Excellency Bishop Teodoro C. Bacani, Jr. from Philippines, Ms. Nancy Reeves, Sister Caterina Esselen, OLM, Fr. John-Paul Gonzalez, Deacon Eudoro Benalcázar, Ms. Ana Maria G. Guzman, Sister M. Teresa de la Fuente, OLM, Fr. George J. Bobowski and others.
The Divine Mercy is open to everyone. Jesus told Sr. Faustina that “The greater the sinner, the greater the right he has to My mercy” (Diary 723). He also told Sr. Faustina where to find this Mercy, saying: “Tell souls where they are to look for solace, that is, in the Tribunal of Mercy” [the Sacrament of Reconciliation] (Diary 1448). We must benefit from God’s mercy now! We should not wait! Jesus said that His mercy “is a sign for the end times [now!]; after it will come the day of justice. While there is still time, let them have recourse to the fount of my mercy; let them profit from the Blood and Water which gushed forth for them!” (Diary 848). Let us immerse ourselves in the Divine Mercy now! You will prepare the world for My final coming. (Diary 429)
Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Christ the King Church
In the church of Christ the King there is a special chapel dedicated to the Divine Mercy. The Image of Merciful Jesus has been blessed and signed by the Holy Father John Paul II, the Great Pope of Mercy, on April 30, 2003 during a special audience in the Vatican.