Lesson Notes: Divine Mercy Sunday

Happy Easter, everyone!

CORONA UPDATE: Join the Church of Saint Paul in praying the Divine Mercy Novena each day this week. Go to https://www.facebook.com/churchofsaintpaulhamlake/ at 3 p.m. to join us.

This week’s lesson is on Divine Mercy Sunday, a celebration established by Pope John Paul II in 2000.  The heart of it all is a series of visions given to a young Polish nun less than 100 years ago.  As Jesus was teaching her about the amazing depths of His mercy, he instructed Sr. Faustina to keep a diary so the teachings could be shared.

In this Family Formation version of the message, we’ve boiled it down to a couple of mnemonic devices that will make it easy for your family to remember and picture God’s boundless mercy.

First of all, the ABC’s of Mercy:

  • Ask for His mercy.
  • Be merciful to others.
  • Complete trust

And second, because God’s mercy is a feast of graces … the richest food … a whopper of a deal … (do you see where we’re going with this?)

The Big Mercy Burger is a silly analogy with a serious message.  As you work your way through all the meditations on the burger toppings*, your kids will get a fuller picture of the richness of God’s mercy and how they can better participate in it.

Follow the QR code on the back cover of your lesson to get to an audio of people actually praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and you also a helpful pamphlet explaining it.  Try it at least once this week: not only will your kids have their memory assignment nailed, but your family will be better prepared for Sunday’s beautiful celebration!

*Yes, I realize that sounds ridiculous.  Just open the packet and try it, okay?

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