Stella Maris Parish Church at Tg. Aru started its weekly Divine Mercy Devotion on 11th February, 2009 and the number of devotees are ever increasing. The Devotion precedes the usual evening daily mass, starting at 5.30pm every Wednesdays.
The Devotion was initiated by the Resident Parish Priest, Rector Rev. Fr. Fundes Motiung, following after St. Michael’s Penampang and Sacred Heart Cathedral which started theirs very much earlier.
Pix show Rev. Fr. Fundes Motiung, Rector Of Stella Maris Church, Tg. Aru, Kota Kinabalu during the consecration of the wine.
The formation of the “Servants of Divine Mercy Stella Maris”, was initiated by Rev. Fr. Fundes (who is also its spiritual leader) and was ably assisted by Mother Cecilia and Datin Theresa William.
This is the second year that the “Servants of Divine Mercy Stella Maris” is praying the 9-day Divine Mercy Novena in preparation for the Divine Sunday Mass (also known as the Feast of Mercy or 2nd Sunday of Easter) at Stella Maris Church, Tg. Aru this Sunday, April 11 commencing at 7.30am.
The liturgical texts of that day concern the institution of the Sacrament of Penance, the Tribunal of the Divine Mercy, and are thus already suited to the request of Our Lord. This Feast, which had already been granted to the nation of Poland and been celebrated within Vatican City, was granted to the Universal Church by Pope John Paul II on the occasion of the canonization of Sr. Faustina on 30 April 2000.
The Divine Mercy Sunday Indulgence
On 29 June 2002, the Apostolic Penitentiary of the Holy See promulgated a decree creating new indulgences that may be gained by the faithful in connection with the celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday. This decree grants a plenary indulgence to those who comply with all the conditions established, and a partial indulgence to those who incompletely fulfil the conditions.
What is an Indulgence?
In his homily last year, Rev. Fr. Fundes told his congregation to check the meaning of Plenary Indulgence in the internet as it was difficult for him to explain its significance due to time constraint.
However, to help my readers, they may read the Plenary Indulgence and its General Conditions HERE.
Briefly, the summaries (truncated) of the Decree of Indulgence are as follows:
I. The usual conditions for every plenary indulgence:
· sacramental confession [according to previously issued norms, within about 20 days before or after];
· Eucharistic communion [according to previously issued norms, preferably on the day, or the days before or after];
· prayer for the intentions of Supreme Pontiff [certain prayers are not specified].
II. The specific conditions for this Indulgence
On Divine Mercy Sunday
· in any church or chapel, in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for a sin, even a venial sin, take part in the prayers and devotions held in honour of Divine Mercy
· or, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed or reserved in the tabernacle, recite the Our Father and the Creed, adding a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!")
A partial indulgence, granted to the faithful who, at least with a contrite heart, pray to the merciful Lord Jesus a legitimately approved invocation. [e.g. “Jesus I Trust in You”; “My Jesus mercy”; or any other approved invocation]
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