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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 1693) "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

Article 1

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.

Article 2

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 ministry. 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.. o Publicity/Secretariat o Faith Formation & Evangelization o Stewardship & Finances o Apostolate & Mission o Liturgy and Prayer

Article 3

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.

Article 4

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.

Article 5

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 visitations.

Article 6

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.

Article 7

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.

Article 8

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 Needy.)

Article 9

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. Prepared by: Rev. Fr. Carl Arcosa Date: August 28, 2012
Copyright © 2010 Divine Mercy - Diocese of Oakland. All Rights Reserved. 

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 1693) "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

Article 1

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.

Article 2

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 ministry. 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.. o Publicity/Secretariat o Faith Formation & Evangelization o Stewardship & Finances o Apostolate & Mission o Liturgy and Prayer

Article 3

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.

Article 4

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.

Article 5

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 visitations.

Article 6

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.

Article 7

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.

Article 8

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 Needy.)

Article 9

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. Prepared by: Rev. Fr. Carl Arcosa Date: August 28, 2012