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Cathedral Basilica, other parishes to hold Divine Mercy liturgies
By John Gleason
On Feb. 22, 1931, Jesus appeared to Polish nun Sister Faustina Kowalska, bringing a message of love and mercy. St. Faustina wrote about the visions in her journal and these writings inspired the Divine Mercy message. Pope John Paul II took an interest in her visions, eventually canonizing her in 2000, designating the second Sunday of Easter as the feast of Divine Mercy.
May 1 is Divine Mercy Sunday. This year, it is also the day Pope John Paul II will be beatified.
On May 1, to observe Divine Mercy Sunday and mark the beatification of the late pontiff, the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 1530 Logan St. in Denver, will have the Polish choir from St. Joseph Church in Denver sing at the 12:30 p.m. Mass.
At 5:30 p.m. Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., will lead an outdoor prayer service at the statue of John Paul II on the west front corner of the Cathedral Basilica. At 6:30 p.m. the archbishop will celebrate Mass at the Cathedral Basilica. Special events at the Mass will include the Polish choir singing a favorite song of Pope John Paul II in English, Polish and Spanish after Communion. The Prayers of the Faithful will include intentions honoring the beatification of the late pontiff and the offertory gifts will be presented by members of the Polish Catholic community in traditional dress. The homily will reference Divine Mercy and the beatification of Pope John Paul II.
Additional parishes across the Archdiocese of Denver will offer special Divine Mercy liturgies on May 1.
Some of them are listed here.
St. Joan of Arc
12735 W. 58th Ave., Arvada
Mass: 11:15 a.m.
Confession: 2:55 p.m.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel 3549 Navajo St., Denver
Mass: 11 a.m.
Sung Chaplet of Divine Mercy: 12:30 p.m.
St. Martin de Porres
3300 Table Mesa Drive, Boulder
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Confessions
Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy and Benediction,
Mass of Divine Mercy, individual prayers for healing
1 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
St. Patrick’s Oratory
3301 Pecos St., Denver
Praise music, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction
St. Thomas More
8035 S. Quebec St., Centennial
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament; Confessions; a Holy Hour of prayer, music and reflection on Sacred Scripture and the Diary of St. Faustina; Chaplet of Divine Mercy; Benediction and Veneration of the Image of Divine Mercy.
Our Lady of Loreto
18000 E. Arapahoe Road, Foxfield
Rosary, talk, Adoration and Benediction
Shrine of St. Anne
7555 Grant Ave., Arvada
Confession: 2 p.m.
Adoration: 3 p.m.
Nativity of Our Lord
900 W. Midway Blvd., Broomfield
talk on Divine Mercy and reception
6853 S. Prince St., Littleton
Confession: 3 p.m.
Our Lady of Fatima
1985 Miller St., Lakewood
Divine Mercy Liturgy: 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
Beatification celebration: 3 p.m.-6 p.m.