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Over 20 Special Celebrations Scheduled for Around Maine on Divine Mercy Sunday on April 11

PORTLAND---Many Maine parishes are planning Divine Mercy Sunday celebrations for Sunday, April 11, including the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, veneration of the Divine Mercy image, the sacrament of reconciliation, and the recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

On May 5, 2000, Pope Saint John Paul II decreed that the Second Sunday of Easter, the Octave of Easter, would be known as Divine Mercy Sunday. The feast was established by the pope after he canonized St. Faustina, a humble Polish nun to whom Jesus revealed his message of divine mercy. A member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, Sister Faustina says the Lord appeared to her several times beginning in February 1931. During her visions, she says the Lord communicated to her the depth of his mercy and his desire that all be merciful to one another.

Here is a list of many of the Divine Mercy Sunday celebrations scheduled for around the diocese (in alphabetical order by city/town). All are welcome at any celebration:

Auburn
Sacred Heart Church, 8 Sacred Heart Place, Auburn - A Divine Mercy Sunday celebration will be held after the 11 a.m. Mass. It will include the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the display of the icon, blessed by St. John Paul II, in the sanctuary of the church.

Augusta
St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 41 Western Avenue, Augusta - A Holy Hour with a Divine Mercy Devotion will be held at 3 p.m. It will also be available to view via livestream at www.stmichaelmaine.org/live-stream-st-mary-church.

Bangor
St. Mary Church, 768 Ohio Street, Bangor - A Divine Mercy Sunday celebration beginning at 3 p.m. will include a Holy Hour, recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet and an opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation.

Bath
St. Mary Church, 144 Lincoln Street, Bath - A Divine Mercy Sunday celebration will be held at 2 p.m. The gathering will begin with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, the opportunity for confession, and private prayer. A Holy Hour will begin at 2:30 p.m., hosted by Fr. Patrick Agbodi, SMA, who will also lead a recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, readings from St. Faustina's diary, benediction, and more.

Bucksport
St. Vincent de Paul Church, 60 Franklin Street, Bucksport - A Divine Mercy Sunday celebration, including the praying of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, will be held at 3 p.m.

Caribou
Holy Rosary Church, 34 Vaughn Street, Caribou - A Divine Mercy Sunday celebration will include the opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 2:30 p.m., the singing of the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m., and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 3:30 p.m.

Falmouth
Holy Martyrs of North America Church, 266 Foreside Road, Falmouth - A Divine Mercy Sunday celebration will be held on Sunday, April 11, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The celebration will include veneration of the Divine Mercy image, adoration, recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, and reconciliation (confessions will be available from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. as well). The celebration will also be livestreamed at www.pothe.org.

Farmington
St. Joseph Church, 133 Middle Street, Farmington – Eucharistic adoration will be held after the 10:30 a.m. Mass until benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 4:45 p.m. There will also be an opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation, and the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be recited at 3 p.m.

Fort Kent
St. Louis Church, 26 East Main Street, Fort Kent - In celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday, St. John Vianney Parish will hold a Holy Hour with eucharistic adoration and benediction at St. Louis Church in Fort Kent rom 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be opportunities for the sacrament of reconciliation.

Hallowell
Sacred Heart Church, 14 Summer Street, Hallowell - A Divine Mercy "Sundaes" event will be held for junior high and high school students in the hall of the church from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The gathering will feature prayer, games, and ice cream.

Houlton
St. Mary of the Visitation Church, 112 Military Street, Houlton - In celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday, there will be exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament beginning at 2 p.m., followed by the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m.

Kennebunk
Franciscan Monastery, 28 Beach Avenue, Kennebunk - The monastery will be having devotions starting at 2 p.m. All are welcome to come to pray and be blessed. For more information, contact Carol at (207) 985-3166 or [email protected].

Lewiston
Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul, 122 Ash Street, Lewiston - A Divine Mercy Sunday Celebration, held from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., will include the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, the Litany of Divine Mercy, and readings from Scripture and St. Faustina's Diary. There will also be opportunities for the sacrament of reconciliation. The prayer service will be livestreamed at www.princeofpeace.me

Limerick
St. Matthew Church, 19 Dora Lane, Limerick - A Divine Mercy Sunday celebration featuring adoration, benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, and the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be held at 3 p.m. The celebration will also be livestreamed at www.stmatthewlimerick.org/livestream-1.

Old Town
Holy Family Church, 429 Main Street, Old Town - A Divine Mercy Sunday celebration will include a Holy Hour and the opportunity for confessions (2 p.m.) and the praying of the Divine Mercy Chaplet (3 p.m.).

Pittsfield
A Divine Mercy Sunday celebration will be held at St. Agnes Church, located on 238 Detroit Street in Pittsfield, beginning at 2:30 p.m. You are invited to gather for an hour to pray together to ask God for his mercy. Adoration will be offered from 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., when the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be recited. For more information, contact Connie at (207) 278-5430.

Portland
St. Louis Church, 279 Danforth Street, Portland - In celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday, St. Louis Church will have a holy hour with the Divine Mercy Chaplet, adoration, and confession from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Rockland
St. Bernard Church, 150 Broadway, Rockland - A Feast of Divine Mercy Celebration will be held outdoors in the parking lot of St. Bernard Church at 3 p.m. The celebration will include exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Litany of Divine Mercy, benediction, and the Divine Mercy Chaplet. Outdoor confession will be available from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. The event will also be livestreamed at www.facebook.com/stbrendanparishmaine. If attending in person, please park on the hill and facing the rectory.

Rumford
St. Athanasius & St. John Church, 126 Maine Avenue, Rumford - A Divine Mercy Sunday celebration, "Jesus, I Trust in You," will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. All are welcome.

Saco
Most Holy Trinity Church, 271 Main Street, Saco - A Divine Mercy celebration will be held at 2:30 p.m. The celebration will include a Holy Hour and the opportunity for confessions. 

Scarborough
St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Road, Scarborough - A Divine Mercy Sunday celebration will be held at 3 p.m. The celebration will include adoration, the Liturgy of the Word, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and benediction.

Skowhegan
Notre Dame de Lourdes Church, 273 Water Street, Skowhegan - A Divine Mercy Sunday celebration, including a Holy Hour, adoration of the Eucharist, and confession will be held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Participants can obtain a plenary indulgence for themselves or for a deceased loved one.

To learn more about Divine Mercy Sunday, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and the plenary indulgence that may be received, visit www.portlanddiocese.org/divinemercysunday, where additional celebrations will be added as scheduled.