Divine Mercy Sunday features Polish priest

St. Joseph-St. Patrick Church at 702 Columbia St., Utica celebrates its 23rd annual Divine Mercy Sunday on April 15.

The featured homilist will be the Rev. Arthur Krawczenko, who was ordained in Poland in 2003 and is now a priest with the Syracuse Diocese. He is pastor of Sacred Heart-St. Mary of Czestochowa Parish in New York Mills.

Services start with music at 2 p.m., followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 2:30 and then Mass at 3 p.m. Following Mass, there will be veneration of the Divine Mercy Image and a blessing with a relic of St. Faustina Kowalska.

"The message and devotion to Jesus as the Divine Mercy — that God loves us and wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins — is based on the writings of Saint Faustina of Poland," explained Betty Frank, OFS, who helped coordinate the Divine Mercy services.

She noted that Pope John Paul II, who was beatified on Divine Mercy Sunday last year, had encouraged the devotion, and had "described Divine Mercy as the answer to the world’s problems and the message of the third millennium."