Jesus asked that the Feast of the Divine Mercy be preceded by a Novena to the Divine Mercy which would begin on Good Friday. He gave St. Faustina an intention to pray for on each day of the Novena.
Using the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the prescribed prayers/intentions, we invite you to join us in praying the Novena. On Sunday, April 11th, we will offer our annual Divine Mercy Sunday Prayer Service at 3:00 PM.
Day 1 (Good Friday) – All mankind, especially sinners
Day 2 (Holy Saturday) – The souls of priests and religious
Day 3 (Easter Sunday) – All devout and faithful souls
Day 4 (Easter Monday) – Those who do not believe in Jesus and those who do not yet know Him
Day 5 (Easter Tuesday) – The souls of separated brethren
Day 6 (Easter Wednesday) – The meek and humble souls and the souls of children
Day 7 (Easter Thursday) – The souls who especially venerate and glorify Jesus' mercy
Day 8 (Easter Friday) – The souls who are detained in purgatory
Day 9 (Easter Saturday) – The souls who have become lukewarm.
For the prayer for each intention of the Novena, click here.
How to Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet
You may begin with the optional opening prayers: You expired, Jesus, but the source of life gushed forth for souls, and the ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world. O Fount of Life, unfathomable Divine Mercy, envelop the whole world and empty Yourself out upon us.
(Repeat three times) O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fountain of Mercy for us, I trust in You!
Using rosary beads, begin with the Sign of the Cross. Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary and The Apostles Creed.
On each of the five decades (Our Father bead of the rosary) pray: Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord, Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.
On each of the 10 Hail Mary beads, pray: For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
For the concluding prayer, repeat 3 times: Holy God, Holy Mighty One, Holy Immortal One, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
You may also add this optional closing prayer: Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.
As part of the Archdiocese of Newark's New Energies Initiative in 2007, the four cluster parishes of West Essex (St. Aloysius, Notre Dame, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament and St. Thomas More) have collaborated to develop an adult education and formation forum. FAITH QUEST 2021 will be offered online only on Wednesday, March 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 7:30-9:00 PM. This year, Faith Quest is offered for free via live-stream.
Launch the Webinar
You may join each week's session beginning at 7:15 PM by clicking the meeting link below. If at any time you are prompted to enter a Meeting Number or Passcode, please use the following information: Meeting ID: 926 0258 2403 and Passcode: 487669
Join the Faith Quest email list (below) to subscribe for updates as FAITH QUEST 2021 nears. These updates will include web-links to access the live-stream webinars as well as handouts provided by our presenters.
March 3: Nunc Coepi (Now I Begin) Discovering Again New Life After the Scandal
Msgr. Joseph R. Reilly: Rector-Immaculate Conception Seminary, Dean of the School of Theology and member of the Board of Trustees for Seton Hall University. The talk will focus on the foundation of passion, the staying power of perseverance and the living conviction of courage.
March 10: Saint Paul and His Missionary Journeys
Rev. John Gabriel: Pastor of St Paul’s, Ramsey and a prior pastor of St. Thomas More. From Damascus to Rome, From the Acts of the Apostles to the Epistles: The Life of St. Paul in Sacred Scripture.
March 17: The Beatitudes: What Do They Really Mean?
Ginger Grancagnolo, Ed.D., OPA: Lecturer, author and private counselor. These ideas and more will be discussed so that we can finally understand what is the real Christian mission these days.
March 24: Last Days of Jesus
Rev. Christopher M. Ciccarino: Associate Dean for the Seminary and Academic Studies at Immaculate Conception Seminary. As we reach the culmination of Lent, join a presentation of a walk through the final days of Jesus, to see what light the archaeology of Jerusalem can shine on the mystery of the Lord’s Passion, Death, and Resurrection.
** All sessions qualify for catechist certification. **
"Lent is a 40 day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. It's a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord's Resurrection at Easter. During Lent, we seek the Lord in prayer by reading Sacred Scripture; we serve by giving alms; and we practice self-control through fasting. We are called not only to abstain from luxuries during Lent, but to a true inner conversion of heart as we seek to follow Christ's will more faithfully" ("What is Lent?" - USCCB).
February 19, 26 & March 5, 12, 19, 26
For the Lenten Regulations (including Fasting/Abstinence, "Easter Duty," etc.)
for the Archdiocese of Newark, please click here.