Listing of Divine Mercy Sunday services


By Anne Marie Amacher
The Catholic Messenger

Each year on the Second Sunday of Easter the church celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday. Several parishes in the Diocese of Davenport will mark the celebration April 28.

This Divine Mercy painting was created by Susan Ballinger Reinier and can be seen on the exterior of the KCDM radio building in Burlington.

According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), “Mankind’s need for the message of Divine Mercy took on dire urgency in the 20th century, when civilization again began to lose the understanding of the sanctity and inherent dignity of human life. In the 1930s, Jesus chose a humble Polish nun, St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, to receive private revelations concerning Divine Mercy that were recorded in her diary. St. Faustina’s Diary records 14 occasions when Jesus requested that a Feast of Mercy be observed.”

On May 5, 2000, five days after the canonization of St. Faustina, St. John Paul II decreed that the Second Sunday of Easter would be known as Divine Mercy Sunday. Also, according to the USCCB, St. Faustina received the Chaplet of Divine Mercy with this promise from Jesus: “Encourage souls to say the chaplet which I have given you” (Diary, no. 1541). “Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death. … 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. I desire that the whole world know my infinite mercy” (Diary, no. 687).


The Divine Mercy Novena consists of nine intentions for which to pray the chaplet beginning on Good Friday and ending the Saturday before Divine Mercy Sunday. Here is a listing of Divine Mercy events on April 28 provided to The Catholic Messenger:

Davenport (Davenport Deanery) — Sacred Heart Cathedral will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday from 2-4 p.m. There will be adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, rosary and prayers, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, limited confessions, music and benediction.

Fort Madison — The sacrament of reconciliation will begin at 2:30 p.m. and continue through the Divine Mercy Holy Hour, which begins at 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church. Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m.

Iowa City — St. Wenceslaus Parish will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, which begins at 11 a.m.; recitation of the rosary at 1 p.m.; Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 2:30 p.m.; benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 2:45 p.m. and Mass at 3 p.m. Confessions will be heard from noon to 2:30 p.m.

Muscatine — Divine Mercy holy hour begins at 3 p.m. at St. Mathias Church. The afternoon includes praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet and veneration of a first-class relic of St. Faustina.

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