Celebrate the Feast of the Divine Mercy:
A Special Presentation on Thursday, April 21st @ 7:00pm with Sr. Caterina Esselen at St. Julia, Weston
Divine Mercy Chaplet Prayer on Sunday, April 24th @3:00pm at St. Joseph, Lincoln
The second Sunday of the Easter Season is the Divine Mercy Sunday— this year, on April 24th.
Please join us for a special presentation explaining the origins of Divine Mercy Sunday and the legacy of St. Faustina, offered on Thursday evening, April 21st at 7pm in St. Julia’s Parish Hall with Sr. Caterina, the Mother Superior of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, who have been in the Boston area for three decades. Learn more about the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy.
Sr. M. Caterina Esselen is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy to which Saint Faustina belonged. Sr. Caterina joined the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in 1995 and made her perpetual profession of vows in 2003.
Sister has been proclaiming the message of the Divine Mercy at conferences, in parishes, schools and prisons. Sr. Caterina has served as Vocation and Formation Directress. She currently is the Superior of the Sisters’ community in Lakeville, MA.
Sunday, April 24th at 3:00 pm at St. Joseph Church in Lincoln, the Divine Mercy Chaplet and a brief prayer service will take place, with confession available from 2:30 pm.
Did you know? The History of the Image of Divine Mercy at St. Julia Parish
(Photo: Image of Divine Mercy at St. Julia Church)
The history of the Image of the Divine Mercy at St. Julia Parish begins with the late Anna Melone Pollock, who was a principal parishioner on the Committee to bring Divine Mercy to St. Julia in the early 2000s. In promoting this Devotion, she approached Pastoral Associate, Susan Bayard, and Pastor Father Tyrell, and formed a committee which included Susan Bayard, Vi Lynch, Joan Daher, Cecile Benotti, and Alpheen Menachery.
Anna then purchased an icon Image of Jesus of Divine Mercy similar to the Image that the Sisters of Mercy in Dorchester have, which is a replica of the original Image. Simultaneously, Joan and Paul Davin purchased a framed Image of Divine Mercy from the Shrine of Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, MA and donated it to the parish, to be enthroned at St. Julia Church.
Anna proceeded to contact Bishop Emilio Allue, a devoteé of Divine Mercy, who completed St. Julia’s Enthronement of the Image of Divine Mercy on May 4, 2002 at a Mass with many parishioners present.
Also, on May 18, 2002 Anna invited the Bishop of Comayagua, Honduras, Bishop Gerald Scarpone, O.F.M., to provide a special Blessing and teaching of the Devotion of Our Lord of Divine Mercy for St. Julia’s new Image of Divine Mercy. Bishop Gerald Scarpone, O.F.M. was active in promoting this devotion and formulated the “Priests of Divine Mercy,” which was responsible for spreading the devotion throughout South America.
Pamphlets and Novenas have been provided for this Devotion in hopes parishioners continue to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, especially on the Feast of the Divine Mercy, each second Sunday after Easter.
St. Julia Parish is grateful to Anna and the parishioners of the Committee of the Divine Mercy for the presence of this very important religious icon and relic.
(Photo: Relic of St. Faustina at St. Julia Church.)