COLORADO SPRINGS. April 19 is Divine Mercy Sunday. Although a diocesan Divine Mercy celebration will not be held this year, Pope Francis has granted a new plenary indulgence that can be gained by praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for an end to the coronavirus pandemic, relief for those who are suffering and eternal salvation for those who have died (see “The Bishop’s Voice” on Page 3 for more information).
Bishop Michael Sheridan will recite the Chaplet of Divine Mercy following his videotaped Mass for April 19, which will be available at www.diocs.org. Several other parishes are offering the opportunity to participate in Divine Mercy devotions, either in person or via Facebook:
Corpus Christi Parish — (Received too late to be included in print edition of the Herald)
Two opportunities to view live-stream Masses will be offered. Saturday, at 2 p.m., Father Joe Dygert will be filming and broadcasting the Vigil Mass for Divine Mercy Sunday. On Sunday, at 2 p.m., Father Brian Roeseler will be filming and broadcasting Mass for Divine Mercy Sunday. Both Masses will be live-streamed and will be available on YouTube.com/corpuschristicos within a couple of hours.
In honor of Divine Mercy: starting at 6 p.m. on Sunday, there will be a Eucharistic Procession (with the Eucharist) and the image of the Divine Mercy. People are invited to either park their vehicles along the route and/or kneel across the street (keeping social distancing rules) to adore. At the end of the procession we will ask you to park in the parish parking lot and stay in your vehicles for benediction.
The route of the procession will be from the front door of Corpus Christi Church along Cascade, south to Monroe Ave., west on Monroe Ave. to Wood Ave., north on Wood Ave. past Jackson Ave. to Beacon St. (just north of the school building), then cut north through the school parking lot, cross Jackson into the church parking lot where Benediction will take place.
People will be asked to face towards the school fields on the parking lot (north) as the main altar will be set up on the south side of the parish parking lot, in the middle so the most people can participate. The two smaller altars on the route will be set up on the corners of Cascade/Monroe and on Wood/Beacon. Due to social distancing, when we are in the parking lot, people are asked to stay in their vehicles or park on the other side of the street if they wish to get out and kneel.
The procession, including a short time for adoration after the procession and benediction, will most likely take about an hour ending around 7 p.m. Anyone unable to attend will be able to access the procession, adoration and benediction via livestream and YouTube.
Divine Redeemer Parish — Church will be open for prayer from 8 a.m.-noon, with confessions available from 9-10 a.m.
Holy Apostles Parish — A Divine Mercy Parking Lot Eucharistic Procession will take place on April 19 from 3-4 p.m. Father Jim Baron will process around the parking lot with the Blessed Sacrament and offer Benediction to parishioners in their vehicles. Arrive no later than 2:50 p.m. and use south entrance on Picturesque Circle. See parish website for more details.
Our Lady of the Visitation Parish, Elizabeth — The recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will take place during a Holy Hour with Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament from 3-4 p.m. The event will be livestreamed at www.facebook.com/Our-Lady- of-the-Visitation-Catholic- Church-743047662562325/.
St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish — A Holy Hour with Divine Mercy Chaplet will be shown on Facebook Live April 19 at 3 p.m. at https://www.facebook.com/events/844079032765259/.
St. Joseph Parish, Salida — Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed after the 10:30 a.m. Mass on April 19, which can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/St-Joseph-Salida-Parish-Family-1450363125042377 Pamphlets containing the chaplet and novena are available in the church.
St. Patrick Parish — Vigil Mass of Divine Mercy Sunday will be celebrated April 18 at 4:30 p.m. This Mass will be streamed live on the parish Facebook page, www.facebook.com/stpatscs, and will be posted on YouTube. On April 19, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will take place from 12:30-4:30 p.m., with the sung Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m. The relics of St. John Paul II, St. Faustina, and Blessed Michael Sopocko will be present. Confessions will also be available from 12:30-4:30 p.m. in Fitzpatrick Hall. The event will end with Benediction of the entire parish at 4:30 p.m.