Relics Used to Celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday at St. Jude Church

MONROE- St. John XXIII Council 5987 of the Knights of Columbus hosted a unique presentation in celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday on April 11th at St. Jude Parish in Monroe, CT.

In partnership with the Apostolate for Holy Relics, Reverend Henry Hoffman and Deacon John Tuccio participated in presenting a one-hour program highlighting a series of excerpts from The Diary of St. Faustina.  The readings provided the source material for meditations focused on the topics of the Passion of Our Lord and of the Holy Eucharist, complemented by the traditional recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and musical interludes.

While many consider the Feast of Divine Mercy a day that completes the devotional prayers given to us by St. Faustina, the messages from St. Faustina’s Diary provide us with a new perspective on the amazing gift of Divine Mercy brought forth from the Heart of Jesus from the Cross.  God’s Mercy is manifest as the fruit of the Life, Passion, Death and Resurrection of His Only Begotten Son, conveyed to us by the Holy Spirit.  We reap salvation through His Suffering and Death on the Cross from the very seat of love in the Heart of Jesus from the Cross.   In following St. Faustina’s example, we place all our trust in God’s Great Mercy, brought to us in the Passion of Christ and in His ongoing presence with us in the Holy Eucharist, that He might have pity on us and meet us with His Forgiveness, which is the true essence of salvation.

Veneration of the Holy Relics followed the presentation.  The faithful came forth to spend a few moments honoring Jesus and invoking the help of St. Faustina to recognize that gift of unfathomable Divine Mercy in our lives and in the lives of all those for whom prayers were offered. Included were the Relic of the True Cross, St. Faustina’s Religious Veil, St. Faustina’s Habit, and a bone relic of the saint.

The program can be viewed in its entirety at  For more information on the Apostolate for Holy Relics visit