Divine Mercy Sunday Celebrations 2023

Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated on the Second Sunday of Easter, the Octave of Easter, which this year is April 16, 2023. Below you will find a list of celebrations taking place in the Diocese of Portland. 

Click here to learn more about Divine Mercy Sunday and the plenary indulgence that may be received on that day. A guide to praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet may be found here or click here for the Divine Mercy Novena, which begins on Good Friday.

Celebrations Around the Diocese

All Saints Parish, Brunswick

St. Mary Church, 144 Lincoln Street, Bath - A Divine Mercy Sunday celebration will begin with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 2 p.m. Confessions will be heard from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  A Eucharistic Holy Hour will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. It will include a reflection from Father Patrick Agbodi, SMA, "Drawing strength through Holy Communion," and will also feature readings from St. Faustina's Diary and the singing of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. The celebration will conclude with Benediction.

Christ the Divine Mercy Parish, East Millinocket

St. Martin of Tours Church, 19 Colby Street, Millinocket - The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be recited beginning at 3 p.m., followed by Mass at 4 p.m. and a dinner at 5 p.m. Parishioners are also encouraged to pray the Divine Mercy Novena, nine days of prayer beginning on Good Friday.

Christ the King Parish, Skowhegan

St. Sebastian Church, 161 Main Street, Madison - A prayer service that will include praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation will be held beginning at 2 p.m.

Franciscan Monastery, Kennebunk

All are welcome to gather at the Franciscan Monastery, located on 28 Beach Avenue in Kennebunk, at 2 p.m. for prayer and devotions. For more information, call Carol at 207-985-3166.

Holy Family Parish, Greenville

Holy Family Church, 145 Pritham Avenue, Greenville - The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed following the Sunday 8 a.m. Mass

Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Auburn

Sacred Heart Church, 8 Sacred Heart Place, Auburn - Recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet will take place immediately following the 11 a.m. Mass.

Notre Dame du Mont Carmel Parish, Madawaska

St. David Church, 774 Main Street, Madawaska - A Divine Mercy Sunday program will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Experience the power of Divine Mercy!

Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish, Lincoln

St. Mary of Lourdes Church, 142 Main Street, Lincoln - The Divine Mercy Novena will be prayed at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 16. Leading into Divine Mercy Sunday, the novena will be prayed at the church at 3 p.m. and Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Monday, April 10 - Saturday, April 15.

Our Lady of the Valley Parish, Saint Agatha

St. Agatha Church, 379 Main Street, Saint Agatha - A Divine Mercy Sunday program will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Experience the power of Divine Mercy!

Parish of the Ascension of the Lord, Kittery

Our Lady of the Angels Church, 162 Agamenticus Road, South Berwick - A Divine Mercy Celebration will be held at 2 p.m. with the praying of the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m.  Light refreshments will follow.

St. Raphael Church, 6 Whipple Road, Kittery -  A Divine Mercy Celebration will be held at 2 p.m. with the praying of the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m.  The celebration will include eucharistic adoration.

Parish of the Holy Eucharist, Falmouth

Holy Martyrs of North America Church, 266 Foreside Road, Falmouth - The Parish of the Holy Eucharist will hold a solemn Divine Mercy Sunday celebration from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. The celebration will begin with eucharistic adoration, which will include veneration of the Divine Mercy image, reading from St. Faustina's Diary, the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, meditations, and litanies of the Sacred Heart and Divine Mercy. It will conclude with Benediction.

There will also be the opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation beginning at 2 p.m. and continuing throughout the service. The service will also be livestreamed.

Parish of the Holy Savior, Rumford

St. Athanasius & St. John Church, 126 Maine Avenue, Rumford - A Divine Mercy Sunday celebration will begin at 1:45 p.m. with the opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation. The celebration will include adoration, veneration of the image of Divine Mercy, recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and then a community social.

Prepare for the celebration by beginning the Divine Mercy Novena on Good Friday.

Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord, Old Town

Holy Family Church, 429 Main Street, Old Town - Parishioners are encouraged to pray the Divine Mercy Novena which begins on Good Friday and concludes on Divine Mercy Sunday, at which time there will be Divine Mercy Sunday celebration at 2 p.m. at Holy Family Church. It will include a Holy Hour and confessions at 2 p.m., followed by prayers, including the Divine Mercy Chaplet, at 3 p.m. 

Prince of Peace Parish, Lewiston

Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul, 122 Ash Street, Lewiston - A Divine Mercy Sunday celebration will be held at the basilica from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. It will include praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Litany of Divine Mercy, readings from sacred Scripture and St. Faustina's Diary, and the opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation.

St. Agnes Parish, Pittsfield

St. Agnes Church, 238 Detroit Street - A celebration, which will include praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Jackman

St. Faustina Church, 370 Main Street, Jackman - The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed following the Sunday 11 a.m. Mass.

St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Westbrook

St. Anne Church, 299 Main Street in Gorham - A Divine Mercy Sunday celebration will be held at 2 p.m. The gathering will include short testimonies about Divine Mercy, a conversion story, a recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament (3 p.m. to 4 p.m.).

St. Brendan the Navigator Parish, Camden

St. Francis of Assisi Church, 81 Court Street, Belfast - Celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy with the recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3 p.m.

St. John Paul II Parish, Scarborough

St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 150 Black Point Road, Scarborough - St. John Paul II Parish will host a Divine Mercy Sunday celebration at 3 p.m. at Maximilian Kolbe Church.

St. John Vianney Parish, Fort Kent

St. Louis Church, 26 East Main Street, Fort Kent - Eucharistic adoration and the sacrament of reconciliation will be offered from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

St. Joseph Parish, Bridgton

St. Joseph Church, 225 S. High Street, Bridgton - A Divine Mercy Sunday celebration will be held at 2 p.m.

St. Joseph Parish, Ellsworth

St. Joseph Church, 231 Main Street, Ellsworth - The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be sung between the parishes 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Masses.

St. Joseph Parish, Farmington

St. Joseph Church, 133 Middle Street - Eucharistic adoration will begin at 3 p.m. and will include the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet and an opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation. The celebration will conclude with Benediction at 4:45 p.m., followed by Mass at 5 p.m.

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish, Calais

Immaculate Conception Church, 31 Calais Avenue, Calais - A Divine Mercy Sunday celebration will begin with adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 2 p.m., along with the opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be prayed at 3 p.m., followed by Benediction.

St. Louis Parish, Portland

St. Louis Church, 279 Danforth Street, Portland - A Divine Mercy Holy Hour with recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be held at 3 p.m.

St. Mary of the Visitation Parish, Houlton

St. Mary of the Visitation Church, 110 Military Street - A Divine Mercy Sunday celebration will be held at St. Mary of the Visitation Church from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The celebration will include an opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 2:30 p.m., the Divine Mercy Chaplet in song at 3 p.m., and Benediction at 3:30 p.m.

St. Matthew Parish, Limerick

A Divine Mercy Sunday service will be held on Sunday, April 16, at Holy Family Church (66 North Avenue in Sanford) starting at 3 p.m. Those gathered will sing the Divine Mercy Chaplet, along with the children of St. Matthew Parish in Limerick, St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish in Sanford, and St. Thomas School in Sanford. Then, the Divine Mercy litany will be prayed. All are welcome at the service and to join others in saying the Divine Mercy novena starting on Good Friday (April 7) and ending on Divine Mercy Sunday (April 16). To follow along with the Novena, join the “Divine Mercy Novena” group on the myParish App at either St. Matthew Parish in Limerick or St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish. You can also follow along at this link.

St. Michael Parish, Augusta

St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 41 Western Avenue, Augusta - The Sunday of Divine Mercy will be celebration with a Holy Hour beginning with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 3 p.m. The celebration will include the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, the opportunity to receive the sacrament of reconciliation and Benediction.

St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Bangor

St. Teresa Church, 440 South Main Street, Brewer - A Divine Mercy Sunday Celebration will be held at 3 p.m.

St. Peter Chanel Parish, Van Buren 

St. Bruno-St. Remi Church, 174 Main Street, Van Buren - A Divine Mercy Sunday program will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Peter the Fisherman Parish, Machias

Holy Name of Jesus Church, 8 Free Street, Machias - The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be recited prior to the Sunday 8:30 a.m. Mass. In addition, a Holy Hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary with meditations taken from the Diary of St. Faustina and various prayers in honor of our merciful Savior. The gathering will conclude with the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

Sacred Heart Church, 14 Hamilton Street, Lubec - The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be recited prior to the Saturday 4:30 p.m. Mass.

St. Michael Church, 51 Elm Street, Cherryfield - The Divine Mercy Chaplet will be recited prior to the Sunday 10:30 a.m. Mass.

St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish, Sanford

A Divine Mercy Sunday service will be held on Sunday, April 16, at Holy Family Church (66 North Avenue in Sanford) starting at 3 p.m. Those gathered will sing the Divine Mercy Chaplet, along with the children of St. Matthew Parish in Limerick, St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish in Sanford, and St. Thomas School in Sanford. Then, the Divine Mercy litany will be prayed. All are welcome at the service and to join others in saying the Divine Mercy novena starting on Good Friday (April 7) and ending on Divine Mercy Sunday (April 16). To follow along with the Novena, join the “Divine Mercy Novena” group on the myParish App at either St. Matthew Parish in Limerick or St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish. You can also follow along at this link.

Stella Maris Parish, Bucksport

St. Vincent de Paul Church, 62 Franklin Street, Bucksport - All are invited to join in praying the Divine Mercy devotions at 3 p.m.