Recent Blog Entries

Baptism of the Lord
The Family Tree
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Vibrant & Thriving Parish
Greatest Gift from God
Feast of Christ the King
Sacramental Life of the Church
6:30 AM Mass...what do you think


Divine Mercy Sunday

Apr 8

Written by:
4/8/2018 12:00 AM  RssIcon

Ever since Pope Francis called for the Year for Mercy a few years back, I continue to be struck by the number of times that ‘Mercy’ appears in the Church’s liturgical life. It seems that it is a few times a week, every week, that the word pops up off the page; either in the readings, the prayers for Mass, or the Liturgy of the Hours. And every time, it brings me back to that year and the focus on the Mercy and grace of God Who calls us His sons and daughters, drawing us always deeper and more profoundly into a relationship with Himself.

In short, there is a constant reinforcement that the Mercy of God is a deep reservoir of grace that can never be exhausted. We may tire of asking for it; but God will never tire in dispensing His Love and Mercy.

This approach and understanding is re-enforced by today’s Feast on the Second Sunday of Easter; now known as Divine Mercy Sunday. Based on the revelations of Jesus to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska in Poland during the 1930s, Pope St. John Paul II popularized and spread the devotion during his time as pope. Many found it very fitting that he died on the vigil of this very feast.

At the promptings of Jesus during His revelations to her, St. Faustina wrote down the message of the Divine Mercy in her diary. And the message contained is quite simple: God love us – all of us. His Mercy is greater than our sins. And as we realize and dwell in His mercy, the goal is to let it flow through us to others; so that we can all share in the joy that is being a son and daughter of God.

I think the biggest question that we face when we look at the Divine Mercy of Jesus is how do we enter into this Mercy? How do we enter into this relationship with Jesus? It can be as simple as remembering our ABC’s:

a)     Ask for His Mercy: come to God in prayer, frequently; asking Him to pour out His mercy on the whole world.

b)    Be merciful: especially when wronged, forgive generously and graciously; be open with love and compassion to others.

c)     Completely trust in Jesus. The more we trust in His goodness, the more we can receive.

For many, this approach to God’s divine Mercy is life changing; as it completely shifts the image of God that many of us have had from our childhood. It can be so tempting to look at the Old Testament images of God and assume He is a wrathful God. In that time frame, He was jealous for the People of Israel and sought to keep them pure from all the influences of their pagan neighbors.

Now, in the approach of God’s Divine Mercy, His desire is for us to be the leaven and yeast of our neighbors to draw them into this same Mercy. As we celebrate this great feast that closes off the Octave of Easter; may we all be generous in asking for God’s Mercy so that we can be generous in dispensing this same Mercy to our family, friends and neighbors.

For more information on the Feast of Divine Mercy, visit

God Bless
Fr. Kyle Schnippel

Your name:
Gravatar Preview
Your email:
(Optional) Email used only to show Gravatar.
Your website:
Security Code
Enter the code shown above in the box below
Add Comment   Cancel 

Enter Title

Deacon Ron answers your questions.


Re: Why do we place a white pall on the casket of the deceased at funeral Masses?
I have been wondering about that. Thank you for explaining it.

Blog Tag Cloud

"Go in Peace" 40 days acceptance accomplish acknowledge act of kindness ACTS Adoration advent Advent season adventure All Saints All Souls almsgiving american dream Angel angels anniversary anticipation anxiety anxious appointment ark artifacts Ashes assignment assistance attention attitude baby background bake bake-off baking banquet baptism baptisms baptize Barnabas barrage bartender bathrobe beautiful beauty behavior believe best man Bethlehem big birth bishop Bishops bitterness blessed Blessed Mother Blessed Sacrament blessing blessings blind Blood Blood of Christ Body Body of Christ bond booth boss bound brave bread breads breakfast burial burning bush business But first butler cake campaign campus Canadian candidates candle Canon Law care career careers caring carry cartoon catastrophic catch catch up catholic catholic schools catholics celebrate celebrating celebration celebrations cello chair challenge challenges challenging change changes chaplain check chemistry children Chili Sunday chocolate cake choices Christ-like Christmas Christmas Season church Church history circle civil rights classroom clothes pin collection college color come together comfort comforting command commandment commitment Communion Community community of faith commuters companion companionship compass compassion compassionate concentrate concern confess confession confident Confirmation connect connection console Constitution Corporal Works of Mercy Corpus Christi cotton fields council counsel counselors countries country couples covenant creation cremation Crock-Pot cross Crucified crucify crucify him Dad darkness deacons death Declaration of independence decorating dedicated dedicated souls dedication deeds degree depression desire determination development devoted devotion difference dignity dilbert dinner disciples discipleship Dismissal distress diversity divine Divine Mercy Divine Mercy Sunday Divinity divorce doctor document donate downtime dreams Dust duty early earth Easter Easter Vigil economic education elect Emanuella embrace emphasize encounter encouragement end of life energy engage Ephiphany Epiphany equals equations escape estate Eucharist evangelization events examination excitement excitment expectations experience experiences expression eye fable facebook faces facility faith faithful faithfulness families family family albums family life fast fasting Father favor favorites fear feast feast day feast days fellowship festival fifth grade financial institutions fire First Communion first-responders fiscal year fishers fishing flight attendant flood focus follow me followers forest forgive formation foundation of faith foundations Four Pillars fragile fragments freedom Freedom of Religion friends friendship frog frustrating frustration fulfillment funeral funerals garment gatherings generosity gentle Germany gift gift of time gifts giving global age glorious glory goal God God's creation God's kingdom gold good example Good Friday good news Good Samaritan Good Shepherd goodness Gospel of Mark Grace graces gracious Graham Dashwood grandfather grateful gratitude grieving grow growth guidance guidelines gut feeling hard work healer healing heart Heaven heavenly kingdom Hell help heroics hidden passages hierarchy highlight history hobbies hodgkins lymphoma holiday holiness Holy Family Holy Father Holy Spirit Holy Trinity Holy Week home homeless honeybee honor honor roll of donors hope hopelessness hopes Hosanna hospice hospital hospitality hot coal Hugo human humble humility hurt husband ice ignore illness immigrants Immigration improvements infant infants innkeeper innocent inspiration inspire inspires interactions interests internet intricate investing isolate Jesus job search Jordan journey journeys joy joyfully joyous joys judge Judgement justice kind king kings island kitchen kneelers knowledge labor day labyrinth Lance Armstrong language languages layers Lazarus leadership legacy Lent life lifestyles light Light is On lily pad Lit Liturgy living love loved loved ones loved ones prayer loving Loving Parent magi magnificat make straight Mardi Gras marriage marrige Mary Mass Mass Ending math quiz Matthew meal meaning meaningful medical student medicine medieval meetings Memorial Day memorials memories merciful mercy merida MetroCard military minister ministries ministry ministry program miracle mission trip missionaries missionary Mister Rogers Neighorhood modeled moments money monk mood Mortality Most Holy Body mother Mother Teresa motherhood mothers mother-to-be Mount of Ascension mountaineers mustard seed mysteries mystery nains narrow door needs neophytes NET nets new born king New Year nourishes November nurse nursing nurture Obiama obligation obligations October Old Testament olympic team opportunity ordained Ordinary Time outreach outsiding overstuffed bags owl pain painting Pakistan pall palm branches Palm Sunday parable parish parish family parish life parish priest parishes parishioners passion pastor pastoral pastoral care pastoral region patience peace penance Penitential Pennance Pentecost photographs Pi pilgrimage pilgrims Pittsurgh planning poet poor Pope Francis pornography poverty power powerful pray pray together prayer prayer of thanks prayers preach prepare presence President preteens priesthood prison privilege process proclaim professionalism professor Professor Liviu;Virginia Tech programs projects property prophet Protestant Reformation psychiatrists psychologist purpose purse question quiet quiver rabbi reality recognize Reconciliation Red chair Red Sea re-evangelizing reflect reflection reflections refresh refugee region reinvest rejoice relationship repairs reports re-propose resolutions resources Respect Life responsibilities responsibility ressurrection rest Restoration Resurrection retain right rise up and walk risen Risen Christ risen Lord role model sabatical sabbath sabbatical Sackcloth sacraments sacred saints sales salt salvation Santa sarajevo Savior schedule schools scientists scotland scripture sea seeds self-image selflessness seminar seminarian seminarians seminary separation Sermon on the Mount servant serve service serving Seventeen share share gifts shepherd shopper short parables Sign of the Cross signs silence simplicity sinner Sister Joan sky small smile snow snowfall social media society Son song Soul special special services special time Spirit Spirit of God spiritual Spiritual Works of Mercy spouse Spring St. John Neumann St. Nicholas stabbed staff stewardship stone stones story stranger strangers strength structure struggling student students success suffer suffering summer support surgeon surrender swimmer symbol sympathetic synagogue Synod Taize Prayer talen talents teach teaches teaching teamwork teenagers teens temples thank you thankful thanks Thanksgiving the Body of Christ The Sacred Meal theologian time toll plaza tomb tours train-wreck Transform transformed transforming transition travel light treasure treatment truly cares trust turtles unconditional martial love understand understanding unique united United States Unity values vibrant vigil vision vocation vocations volunteers walk warm warmth Watch List water weather weeping Welcome welcoming wife will willing wisdom witness wonders work world worship worship space worst neighbor worthy wrong year b Year of Mercy YNIA Yom Kippur young adults young American Yo-Yo Ma