St. Mary Parish in DeKalb celebrated Divine Mercy Sunday in a big way on April 27.
The celebration began when the Rev. Jim Parker exposed the Holy Eucharist for adoration at 1 p.m. in the church. Seven priests were on hand to hear confessions in both English and Spanish from 1 to 3:30 p.m. At 3 p.m., Father Parker led the community in singing the Chaplet of Divine Mercy before the Blessed Sacrament.
Parker commissioned Randy Halverson, a local artist and nephew of parishioner Bobbie Halverson, to paint a mural, featuring a huge image of Divine Mercy, with images of newly canonized Saint Pope John Paul II on one side, and Saint Maria Faustina (to whom Jesus revealed his wish to spread His Divine Mercy on the whole world) on the other.
The images were financed through the generosity of Barbara Yusunas, in memory of her sister, Helen. Barbara Yusunas was in attendance as Father Parker blessed the images after the recitation of the chaplet.