The Divine Mercy Apostolate in our Parish was started on 9th September, 2005 to promote devotion to the Divine Mercy. We have 19 members who meet once a month in the Community Centre on the 3rd or 4th Monday of the month. The group is affiliated to the Andheri Deanery, working in co-ordination with the Divine Mercy Archdiocesan Committee, Mumbai headed by His Lordship Bishop Bosco Penha.
ACTIVITIES – We conduct intercession through the Divine Mercy Chaplet every 4th Friday of the month in our parish. A talk on the Divine Mercy based on the Diary of St. Faustina and on Holy Scripture is given followed by intercession for different intentions for each decade of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. We also conduct the 9 days novenas in preparation for the Feast of Divine Mercy. At the deanery level, recollections are conducted at various parishes. Attendance at these recollections is 800-1000 people.
The Divine Mercy devotion aims at the renewal of life in the Church in the spirit of Christian trust and mercy. The essence of the Divine Mercy devotion is found in the Christian attitude of trust in God and of an active love toward neighbor. Our Lord Jesus consigned the great mission to proclaim His message of mercy directed to the whole world to Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska, known today the world over as the “Apostle of the Divine Mercy”. She was a simple, uneducated, but courageous woman religious, who trusted Him without limit. Jesus told her, “Today, I am sending you with My mercy to the people of the whole world. I do not want to punish aching mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My merciful Heart”(Diary 1588). St. Faustina’s Diary, which Jesus Christ ordered her to keep during the last four years of her life, is a kind of journal in which the author recorded current or retrospective events related primarily to the “encounters” of her soul with God. A rigorous, scholarly analysis of her notebooks was necessary to extract from them everything which is considered essential to her mission. All the essentials and elements of the message and devotion of the Divine Mercy are contained in this Diary.
The Essentials of Divine Mercy = The ABC’s of Mercy-
Ask for His Mercy – “…Beg for mercy for the whole world” (Diary 570) ”…No soul that has called upon My mercy has ever been disappointed” (Diary 1541).
Be Merciful to others– “I demand from you deeds of Mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me. You are to show mercy to your neighbors always and everywhere…” (Diary 742). “….Even the strongest faith is of no avail without works” (Diary 742).
Completely Trust in Jesus– “…The graces of My mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is trust. The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive” (Diary 1578)
The Elements of the Devotion to the Divine Mercy– There are five elements of the devotion to The Divine Mercy – The Image of the Merciful Jesus, The Feast of The Divine Mercy and Novenas, The Chaplet of The Divine Mercy, The Hour of Mercy – 3 p.m. and Spreading the honor of The Divine Mercy through acts of mercy.