REGINA — Mercy Sunday, April 3 in the Year of Mercy — what better day to hold the 15th annual conference of the Eucharistic Apostles of Divine Mercy (EADM) of Canada?
They gathered in St. Mary’s Church at noon on April 3 for an afternoon of prayer and talks around the theme of God’s Mercy. Chancellor of the Regina archdiocese and EADM spiritual director Rev. James Owolagba opened the conference in a brief ceremony for the exposition of the blessed sacrament on the altar. He was the first speaker and devoted his talk to Mercy and the Extra Ordinary Jubilee Year. His talk was followed with Praises of the Divine Mercy following which EADM Canada director Shirley Oleskiw spoke about St. Faustina, The Year of Mercy, witness, fidelity and prayer.
The afternoon also featured several local priests hearing confessions. There were line-ups at each confessional until mass began.
Several prayers associated with St. Faustina Kowalska, as well as recitation of the rosary, were recited in the hour after Oleskiw’s talk. Benediction preceded the mass to end the afternoon.
People lined up at the end of mass to receive a “healing blessing” with one of St. Faustina’s relics.
The relic is usually housed in the EADM chapel in north central Regina, where it is constantly displayed. The chapel holds daily adorations of the blessed sacrament as well as a shrine honouring St. Faustina. The shrine has on display two first-class relics of the saint. There is also a shrine which contains a relic honouring Our Lady of Guadalupe, EADM’s patroness. The chapel is open to the general public.