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How To Start A Divine Mercy Group In Your Parish
Divine Mercy Message
"Souls who spread the honour of My mercy I shield through their entire lives as a tender mother her infant, and at the hour
of death I will not be a Judge for them, but a merciful Saviour. At that last hour, a soul has nothing with which to defend
itself except My mercy. Happy is the soul that during its lifetime immersed itself in the Fountain of Mercy, because Justice
will have no hold on it." (Diary 1075)
"... do whatever is within your power to spread devotion to My mercy. I will make up for what you lack. Tell aching mankind
to snuggle close to My merciful Heart, and I will fill it with peace." (Diary 1074)
"Only do as much as you can, and I will always arrange things so that you will easily be able to do what I ask of you." (Diary
"Be at peace, My daughter. This Work of Mercy is Mine; there is nothing of you in it..." (Diary 1667)
Proposed Parish Guidelines for the Creation of a Parish Divine Mercy Prayer Group
The Pastor or Parish Priest shall choose a leader to coordinate and facilitate the Parish Divine Mercy Parish Devotion.
The Leader must be an active and registered member of the parish.
The Pastor may appoint a Spiritual Director or could volunteer to be the spiritual director
Automatically, the Leader of the Group becomes a member of the Divine Mercy Diocesan Council.
The Leader shall formally invite parishioners in the parish bulletin or make a pulpit announcement to campaign for
the formation of a Parish Divine Mercy Prayer Group.
The Group shall be commissioned by the Pastor within a Mass preferably a Sunday Mass as an approved parish
The Prayer Group shall submit the names of the members to the Diocesan Chaplain.
The group shall appoint leaders for the following tasks or the Diocesan Council shall formulate committees and the
description of each task..
Faith Formation & Evangelization
Stewardship & Finances
Apostolate & Mission
Liturgy and Prayer
The prayer Group shall inaugurate the Devotion of the Divine Mercy through a Parish Mission. The Enthronement of
the Image of the Divine Mercy of Jesus within the church could be done after the Parish Mission. The Pastor must be
consulted where to enthrone the sacred image. This could be coordinated and planned with the help and advice of
the Diocesan Chaplain.
The Prayer Group shall meet once a week to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet. The Chaplet could be done publicly after
Mass preferably on Fridays or privately in a room or a house any day in the week.
The Prayer Group shall schedule a time where they can all do the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for an hour
preferably during First Fridays with the praying of the Chaplet or if there is already a parish scheduled adoration, the
group can have their holy hour with the rest of the community and pray privately using the Divine Mercy Adoration
of the Blessed Sacrament Prayer Guide.
Weekly Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament as an entire group is highly encouraged and recommended.
Once a month the group shall meet for the Reading of the Diary of St. Faustina Kowalska or use the Cenacle Prayer as
a tool for faith formation.
Once a month the group shall meet for a business meeting or fellowship.
The prayer group is highly encouraged and recommended to attend the Diocesan Quarterly Study Day, the Diocesan
Divine Mercy Conference and other events.
Once a month or once a week the prayer group is recommended to visit families and those who are sick in the
parish to pray the chaplet and to venerate the Image. The presence of a priest is highly recommended on those
The Prayer Group has to consult the pastor or spiritual director on any planned activity or event related and
pertaining to the Divine Mercy and also if needed to consult the Diocesan Chaplain for clarity of purpose of the
events in accordance with the Diocesan Divine Mercy Vision and Mission.
The Prayer Group is highly recommended and encouraged to celebrate the Feast of the Divine Mercy during the 2nd
week of Easter with the approval of the Pastor or the Parish Priest either as a parish or as a group.
The prayer group shall choose a Sunday Mass Time for the celebration of Feast of the Divine Mercy.
During the Feast the prayer group shall distribute prayer cards, prayer pamphlet of the Divine Mercy and any written
materials pertaining to Divine Mercy Devotion and Prayer.
The prayer group with the permission of the Pastor shall invite the community to pray the Novena Chaplet as a
preparation for the Feast.
During those days or one of those days, the Prayer Group shall invite a priest or priests in the Diocese or priests of
good standing (with the pastor's approval in accordance to Diocesan Guidelines of visiting priest or priest supply) in
the Catholic Church for the Sacrament of Penance.
The members of the prayer group are highly encouraged and recommended to participate and to be active in other
parish ministries (e.g. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion; EM for the Sick and the Homebound; Grief and
Bereavement Ministry; St. Vincent de Paul or any ministries that is related to the ministry of the Poor, the Sick and
The Pastor must approve Any Fundraising by the Divine Mercy PRAYER GROUP.
The funds must be spent specifically for the propagation of the Divine Mercy Devotion and a particular charity or for
the needs of the parish.
Any donations given to the Divine Mercy Prayer Group must be turned in to the Parish Office and checks are made
payable to the Name of the Parish.
The pastor shall assign a ministry account for the group. Any request of funds must be done through the Parish
Office and with the approval of the pastor.
Rev. Fr. Carl Arcosa
Date: August 28, 2012