Listen to God's voice at the foot of the crucifix." ~St. Gaspar del Bufaro~

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Divine Mercy & Beatification Watch Party!

I am so excited for Divine Mercy Sunday!
~I have fallen in love with this devotion over the last couple of years and my love just keeps growing...What a blessing and ocean of grace that mercy and love are the hallmarks of our Christian Catholic faith~
"True mercy is always a bilateral reality, a two-way street: As we give it, we also receive it." ~Pope John Paul II Encyclical letter: Dives in Misericordia~

As most of the faithful already know, this year is EXTRA special with the Beatification of the man who instituted Divine Mercy Sunday...Pope John Paul II.  We already have our EWTN timers set at our house and just learned of a few other sources to view this historical event.  You can also watch it live online via Vatican Youtube sources or even Facebook! (Resources listed below)
We are having our own "Beatification Watch Party" at our house!
~We are looking forward to a celebration in honor of Blessed JPII and Divine Mercy~
Here are some easy candles to make for your celebration.
Candle holder and candles can be found at the Dollar Tree.  Just tie on a Divine Mercy medal with red, blue, or white ribbon.
I placed these stickers of JPII on the back of the candle and gave a few for gifts:
(I'm wondering if some of my friends are getting tired of receiving my candle gifts!?)
This one has a colored Divine Mercy medal and a silver oxidized JPII medal:
I also placed stickers on these mini glass jars (front and back).  This Rosary Card site has great stickers for both Divine Mercy and JPII.
We planned to whip up some treats for our Beatification Watch Party, of course!
We attended our parish Divine Mercy service and settled in to watch church history unfold before our eyes.  This year we made the same cupcakes we made for Mardis Gras, this time using red, white, and blue! ( I think these would also be great for 4th of July or Memorial Day)
They are also posted over at Catholic Cuisine!
I found some little Divine Mercy plastic figures at our local Catholic Bookstore for the toppers.
I also made a Rays of Mercy Fruit Platter that I posted details over at Catholic Cuisine.  There are only 2 rays but I added the white bananas since the pale blue ray is often seen mixed with white. Once again, I'm thinking this would also make a good 4th of July sparkler platter!
It was so easy to make!
"Let the rays of grace enter your soul; they bring with them light, warmth, and life."
Diary of St. Faustina~1486
Last year we made this cake:
"I am mercy itself; therefore I ask you to offer Me your misery and this very helplessness of yours and, in this way, you will delight My Heart." Jesus~Diary of St. Faustina (1775)

Social Networking Resources:
Pope 2 You has links to Vatican Youtube, Facebook info, Iphone App, and more!
Special Vatican site resources
This is the Vatican Media link, combining all media efforts for the Vatican.
If you have Facebook, this page has been set up for JPII
Free Divine Mercy Iphone Application
Vatican YouTube
Vatican Twitter Info.

Grow in Divine Mercy Devotion:
Consoling the Heart of Jesus
Diary of Saint Maria Faustinsa Kowalska

Great Divine Mercy craft ideas and free printables for kids at Catholic Icing
Divine Mercy food ideas at Catholic Cuisine

The Official Prayer for John Paul II's Intercession

O Blessed Trinity,
We thank You for having graced the Church with Pope John Paul II and for
allowing the tenderness of your Fatherly care, the glory of the Cross of
Christ, and the splendor of the Holy Spirit, to shine through him.
Trusting fully in Your infinite mercy and in the maternal intercession of
Mary, he has given us a living image of Jesus the Good Shepherd and has
shown us that holiness is the necessary measure of ordinary Christian life
and is the way of achieving eternal communion with you.
Grant us, by his intercession, and according to Your will, the graces we
implore, hoping that he will soon be numbered among your saints.
With ecclesiastical approval CARDINAL CAMILLO RUINI
the Holy Father's Vicar General for the Diocese of Rome


  1. The candles are beautiful! thanks for the rosary card link. I'm not familiar with it and will enjoy checking it out. Tomorrow is such a huge liturgical day with the beatification, Divine mercy Sunday, the first day of May -- yay, the month of Mary, and I'll be doing a Good Shepherd Party as well. We'll difinitely have the tv tuned in to JPII's elevation ceremony. God bless him! thanks for sharing those media links.

  2. I started my devotion when my father passed away. There are so many saints and devotions out there to help us in our path. I have to say, Chaplet of Divine Mercy has completely topped my charts. Looking forward to a beautiful ceremony at our church tomorrow afternoon. May you have a blessed day!

  3. Thanks for the link to the stickers! It looks like they have a bunch to choose from and the price is right! I love your candle idea and may be stealing it on a future project! lol Have a blessed day tomorrow. What a wonderful day to be busy!

  4. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I have been on yours from time to time : ) This is such a beautiful idea...thanks for sharing and enjoy this very special day...lots of graces!! ~ Theresa

  5. Tiffany, has a couple hundred photos of the wedding. good pics of the couple, and of all the different outfits (and hats!!!) people wore to the wedding. also pics of the bride's mom and bride's sister (who I think was in the tanning bed a little too long). :) I didn't realize the English tradition but, for the reception following the wedding the bride and groom changed into a tuxedo and another gown. (hmmm, I wanted to wear my bride's gown all day and night long when I got married!)

  6. beautiful faithfilled celebration. this is refreshing to see. this beats all the "watch" parties that i've been seeing lately.
    ALL FOR!


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