Lent & Holy Week at St. Michael’s

Divine Mercy Devotion

NOTICE: As per Bishop McGrattan’s letter dated March 27, all Masses, parish missions, and penitential services in the Diocese of Calgary are cancelled indefinitely (including Holy Week and Triduum).

Visit saintmichael.ca/covid19 for the schedule of live-streamed Holy Week and Triduum Masses.

Holy Week, Triduum, and Easter Schedule

  • Monday-Wednesday of Holy Week
    • Noon Mass live stream at saintmichael.ca/Mass
    • Confessions: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Blessed Sacrament Chapel: open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Parish Office hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Holy Thursday, April 9
    • 10 a.m. Chrism Mass and 7 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper live stream with Bishop McGrattan at catholicyyc.ca.
    • Blessed Sacrament Chapel: 8 a.m. to noon
    • No Confessions
    • Parish Office: 8:30 a.m. to noon
    • Eucharistic Adoration: 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the west-side parking lot (please stay inside your vehicle at all times. Learn more here)
  • Good Friday, April 10
    • 3 p.m. Passion of the Lord Liturgy live stream with Bishop McGrattan at catholicyyc.ca.
    • Blessed Sacrament Chapel: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • 6 p.m. Passion Re-Enactment (pre-recorded) webcast at saintmichael.ca
    • No Confessions • Parish Office closed
  • Holy Saturday, April 11
    • 9:30 p.m. Easter Vigil live stream with Bishop McGrattan at catholicyyc.ca.
    • Blessed Sacrament Chapel: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • No Confessions • Parish Office closed
  • Easter Sunday, April 12
    • 11 a.m. Mass live stream at saintmichael.ca/Mass
    • Blessed Sacrament Chapel: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • No Confessions • Parish Office closed
  • Easter Monday, April 13
    • Blessed Sacrament Chapel: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    • No Confessions
    • Parish Office: closed

Devotion to the Divine Mercy

Divine Mercy: What is it?

From the diary of a young Polish nun, a special devotion
began spreading throughout the world in the 1930s. The
message is nothing new, but is a reminder of what the
Church has always taught through scripture and tradition:
that God is merciful and forgiving and that we, too, must
show mercy and forgiveness. But in the Divine Mercy
devotion, the message takes on a powerful new focus,
calling people to a deeper understanding that God’s love is
unlimited and available to everyone — especially the
greatest sinners.

The message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy
is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an
uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual
director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the
revelations she received about God’s mercy. Even before
her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had
begun to spread.

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy is recited using ordinary rosary beads of five decades. The Chaplet is preceded by two opening prayers from the Diary of St. Faustina and followed by a closing prayer.

Click here for a guide on how to pray this beautiful prayer.

Jesus to St. Faustina:

“….When they say this Chaplet in the presence of the dying, I
will stand between My Father and the dying person not as the just
judge but as the Merciful Savior”.

Novena guide

Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday.

In her diary, St. Faustina wrote that Jesus told her:

“On each day of the novena you will bring to My heart a different group of souls and you will immerse them in this ocean of My mercy … On each day you will beg My Father, on the strength of My passion, for the graces for these souls.”

Click here for a guide on how to pray the Divine Mercy Novena.

The Feast of Mercy

During the course of Jesus’ revelations to Saint Faustina on the Divine Mercy He asked on numerous occasions that a feast day be dedicated to the Divine Mercy and that this feast be celebrated on the Sunday after Easter, which we call Divine Mercy Sunday.

Click here to learn more about the Feast of Mercy.

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