Divine Mercy liturgy to include forgiveness ritual
In a continuing celebration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, this year’s Divine Mercy Sunday Mass at St. Joseph Church in New Orleans will include a “Ritual of Forgiveness and Reconciliation” led by Archbishop Gregory Aymond.
The Divine Mercy Sunday Mass will be celebrated April 3 at 3 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, 1802 Tulane Ave.
As shepherd of the local Catholic Church, Archbishop Aymond will ask for forgiveness for the sins of the church and society. The archbishop said seeking the forgiveness of and reconciliation with those who have been hurt by or alienated from the church either through institutional or individual offenses is an important step in advancing the priorities and goals of the archdiocese’s 9th General Synod.
To learn more about the synod, go to http://nola catholic.org/encountering-Jesus-witnessing-with-joy.
Asking for forgiveness
The forgiveness and reconciliation ritual will follow the archbishop’s homily. The ritual will include prayer, reflection and the lighting of candles. During the litany, the archbishop will ask for forgiveness of sins against God’s people and ask for God’s help to overcome those sins, both past and present, to bring unity and mercy to the church.
All are encouraged to attend the Mass, which will be an important moment in the life of the local church. The sacrament of reconciliation will be offered from 1 to 2:45 p.m. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will begin at 1:15 p.m.
Before Mass, those gathered will pray the rosary. The chaplet of Divine Mercy will begin at 2 p.m., followed by benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
Masses across the archdiocese
All Saints, 1441 Teche St., New Orleans: Divine Mercy Mass April 3 at 10 a.m., followed by benediction.
Annunciation, 517 Avenue B, Bogalusa: Mass April 3 at 3 p.m., with recitation and closing prayers of the Divine Mercy novena, conducted by the Annunciation Rosary Society. Benediction will follow the chaplet of Divine Mercy, concluding with a reception in the Dobyns Center.
Ascension of Our Lord, 1900 Greenwood Dr., LaPlace: Divine Mercy novena opens after the 3 p.m. Good Friday Liturgy of the Cross. Private recitation each day following. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and confessions in church on April 3 from 2 to 3 p.m., concluding with novena and benediction.
Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos, 3037 Dauphine St., New Orleans: Divine Mercy Mass April 3 at 3 p.m. in English, sign language and Spanish. A bilingual Divine Mercy chaplet will be recited on Easter Thursday, March 31, after the 7 p.m. Mass. Throughout the year, Mass is celebrated in Spanish at 6 p.m., followed by recitation of Divine Mercy chaplet in Spanish.
Divine Mercy, 4337 Sal Lentini Parkway, Kenner: Divine Mercy novena begins Good Friday following morning prayer at 7:30 a.m. On Holy Saturday, the novena will follow morning prayer at 7:30 a.m., on Easter Sunday after the 8:30 a.m. Mass, then Easter Monday and Tuesday after 6:30 p.m. Mass; Wednesday through Friday after the 7:30 a.m. Mass and Easter Saturday after the 8 a.m. Mass. On April 3, Divine Mercy devotions will start at noon, including adoration and eucharistic procession around the church grounds, confessions and blessing of images.
Holy Spirit, 6201 Stratford Place, Algiers: Divine Mercy Novena begins on Good Friday at noon, with recitation of novena prayers and singing of the Divine Mercy chaplet. The novena will continue privately (Days 2-8) until the closing on Divine Mercy Sunday. The devotion will continue April 3 at 3 p.m. in church, with eucharistic adoration, recitation of the Day 9 novena prayers, singing of the Divine Mercy chaplet and concluding with Divine Mercy Mass.
Immaculate Conception, 4401 Seventh St., Marrero: Novena to the Divine Mercy begins March 25 at 2 p.m. and will continue every day at 5 p.m., concluding on Divine Mercy Sunday.
Infant Jesus of Prague Mission, 700 Maple St., Harvey: Devotion begins April 3 at 9 a.m. with recitation of the rosary and Divine Mercy chaplet and veneration of the Divine Mercy image and a first-class relic of St. Faustina, concluding with 10 a.m. Mass. Fellowship and refreshments follow in Carmel Hall.
Mary Queen of Peace, 1501 W. Causeway Approach, Mandeville: The Divine Mercy chaplet will be recited each day of the novena, beginning Good Friday after the 3 p.m. service and daily at 3 p.m., concluding on Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. The novena will continue after the 9 a.m. Masses throughout the week. On April 3 from 2 to 4 p.m., there will be recitation of the Divine Mercy chaplet with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of the rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Divine Mercy devotional prayers, closing benediction and veneration of the Divine Mercy image. Reconciliation will be available.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, 411 North Rampart St., New Orleans: April 3, benediction and recitation of the Divine Mercy chaplet at 3 p.m. with homily and adoration.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 8968 Highway 23, Belle Chasse: April 3, 3 p.m. exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Divine Mercy chaplet, rosary and meditation, and confession ending prior to 7 p.m. Mass.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 1908 Short St., Kenner: Chaplet will be recited after 9 a.m. morning prayer on Good Friday and Holy Saturday and after the 3 p.m. service on Good Friday; after all Easter Sunday Masses; after weekday Masses Easter Monday through Easter Friday at 6:25 and 9 a.m.; and on Easter Saturday after the 6:25 a.m., 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Vigil Mass. Confessions will be heard 30 minutes before all Sunday Masses. On Mercy Sunday, the chaplet and adoration will begin at 2:30 p.m., with 3 p.m. Mass, followed by blessing with a relic of St. Faustina.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor, 2320 Paris Road, Chalmette: April 3, 10:30 a.m. Mass; parishioners are encouraged to receive special graces by trusting in God’s mercy, receiving reconciliation during Lent, attending Mass, receive communion, venerating Divine Mercy image and being merciful.
Our Lady of the Lake, 312 Lafitte St., Mandeville: Divine Mercy Sunday, April 3, from 3 to 5 p.m., will include exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of the rosary, the Divine Mercy chaplet, devotional prayers, closing benediction and veneration of the Divine Mercy image. Reconciliation will also be available.
Our Lady Star of the Sea, 1835 St. Roch Ave., New Orleans: Divine Mercy Mass at 2:30 p.m.
Sacred Heart, 28088 Main St., Lacombe: April 3, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 2:30 p.m., Divine Mercy chaplet at 3 p.m., followed benediction, concluding with Mass in church.
Sisters of the Holy Family Motherhouse, 6901 Chef Menteur Hwy., New Orleans: April 3, devotion begins at 2 p.m. with procession and chaplet of Divine Mercy, concluding with Mass celebrated by Dominican Father John Restrepo. Music provided by Dwight and Connie Fitch, Cynthia Cheri-Woolridge and Holy Family Sister Lucia Carl.
St. Anselm, 306 St. Mary St., Madisonville, April 3: Divine Mercy Mass at 2:30 p.m.
St. Anthony, 2653 Jean Lafitte Blvd., Lafitte: Recitation of the novena and Good Friday service March 25 at 6:45 p.m.; novena March 26 at 6:45 p.m., followed by Easter Vigil Mass at 7 p.m.; Easter Sunday, March 27, 10:45 a.m., novena followed by Mass; then Easter Monday, Mass and novena at 7:30 p.m.; Easter Tuesday through Friday, Mass and novena at 7 p.m.; Easter Saturday, April 2, 3:45 p.m., novena followed by Mass; concluding on Divine Mercy Sunday with exposition and adoration beginning at noon and concluding with the Hour of Mercy devotion at 3 p.m.
St. Anthony of Padua, 4640 Canal St., New Orleans: April 3 at 2 p.m., adoration, recitation of the Divine Mercy chaplet, availability for confessions, concluding with benediction. At 3 p.m., there will be a Bilingual Divine Mercy Mass, which will include a blessing of the Divine Mercy image.
St. Catherine of Siena, 105 Bonnabel Blvd., Metairie: The Divine Mercy novena will be offered from March 28-April 2 from 10-10:30 a.m.
St. Edward the Confessor, 4921 W. Metairie Ave., Metairie: The novena to the Divine Mercy will be prayed privately on Good Friday and Holy Saturday and publicly after all Masses Easter Sunday through Easter Saturday, April 2. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be prayed after all Masses on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 3.
St. Genevieve, 58203 Hwy. 433, Slidell: On April 3, there will be eucharistic adoration from 12:15-2 p.m., rosary and reflection from 2 to 3 p.m., concluding with 3 p.m. Mass celebrated by Divine Word Father Jerome LeDoux.
St. Hubert, 176 Anthony Monica St., Garyville: Mercy Sunday will have adoration beginning at 2 p.m., confessions from 2-2:45 p.m., followed by recitation of the Divine Mercy chaplet and concluding with benediction at 3 p.m.
St. Jerome, 2402 33rd St., Kenner: The Divine Mercy chaplet will be recited beginning Good Friday in church after the 8 p.m. Adoration of the Cross in Spanish. Novena prayers for Day 2-8 are recited privately at home, concluding with a bilingual service in church on April 3 at 3 p.m.
St. Joan of Arc, 529 West 5th St., LaPlace: The Divine Mercy novena and chaplet will be recited beginning Good Friday after the 3 p.m. service; Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday at 3 p.m.; Easter Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m.; Easter Tuesday following 5:30 p.m. Mass; and Easter Saturday following 4:30 p.m. Mass. On April 3, Divine Mercy devotions include exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 2:30 p.m., chaplet sung at 3 p.m. followed by benediction at 3:30 p.m. Masses on Divine Mercy Sunday are 7, 8:30, 10 and 11:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
St. John of the Cross, 61030 Brier Lake Dr., Lacombe: celebration with glory, praise and worship, April 3, 2 p.m. Divine Mercy chaplet recited at 3 p.m., followed by healing service and reconciliation.
St. John the Baptist, 15405 Hwy. 90, Paradis: Private daily recitation of the Divine Mercy novena will begin on Good Friday, concluding in the church on April 3 at 3 p.m. with recitation of the Divine Mercy chaplet, novena and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and closing with benediction. A small social gathering in the parish hall will follow.
St. Matthew the Apostle, 10021 Jefferson Hwy., River Ridge: The parish will offer the novena and chaplet in church beginning Good Friday and Holy Saturday at 9:30 a.m.; Easter Sunday after 11 a.m. Mass; March 28-April 1 after 6 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. weekday Masses; and on Easter Saturday at 11 a.m. The parish will celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday April 3 beginning with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 2 to 3:30 p.m., recitation of the rosary at 2:30 p.m., chaplet at 3 p.m., sung by the SMA Children’s Choir, and concluding with benediction at 3:30 p.m.
St. Patrick, 28698 Highway 23, Port Sulphur: April 3, reconciliation beginning at 2 p.m., followed by Divine Mercy Mass at 3 p.m.
St. Peter, 125 East 19th Ave., Covington: On April 3, there will be eucharistic adoration from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., with chaplet recitation at 3, 3:30 and 4 p.m. The sacrament of reconciliation will be offered from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., followed by benediction at 4:30 p.m. Regular Sunday Mass at 5 p.m.
St. Pius X, 6666 Spanish Fort Blvd., New Orleans: Divine Mercy Sunday will be celebrated with a eucharistic procession and chaplet of Divine Mercy following the 10:30 a.m. family Mass.
St. Rita, 7100 Jefferson Hwy., Harahan: Will recite the Divine Mercy novena every Saturday at 3:30 p.m. prior to the 4 p.m. Vigil Mass.
St. Rita, 2729 Lowerline St., New Orleans: The chaplet of Divine Mercy will be recited 15 minutes before Mass each Sunday of Lent, Easter Sunday and Divine Mercy Sunday.