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Page 6 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 29, 2011 The Feast of Divine Mercy by Bennett Molinari and Richard Molinari On Sunday, May 1, the Church celebrates the Feast of Divine Mercy which an- nually takes place on the Sunday following Easter Sunday. This great feast is relatively new, officially de- clared by the Vatican on April 30th in the Jubilee year 2000. The Feast has as its ori- gin in the writings of Saint Faustina (Helen) Kowalska. She came from a very poor farm family that had struggled terribly during the years of WWI. She had had only three years of very simple education. She was given the humblest of tasks in the convent, usually in the kitchen or the vegetable garden, or as porter, she died in a convent of the Congre- gation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in Krakow, Poland on October 5, 1938 Sister Faustina, in obedi- ence to her spiritual direc- tor, Wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the rev- elations she received con- cerning God's mercy. It was on February 22, 1931 that Jesus appeared to her, He conveyed to her a message of Mercy for all mankind. Saint Faustina describes in her diary under this date: "In the evening, when I was in my cell, I became aware of the Lord Jesus clothed in a white garment. One hand was raised in blessing; the other was touching the gar- ment at the breast. From the opening of the garment at the breast there came forth two large rays, one red and the other pale. This vivid description became the im- age of Jesus now associated with this Feast. The message of mercy is that God loves us -- all of us -- no matter how great our sins. He wants us to recog- nize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy. Jesus Himself made the promise for a complete for- giveness of sins and punish- ment on that day, even to the most terrible sinner imaginable. God in His great mercy is giving man- kind a chance for salva- tion. To obtain the promise one has to go to Confession and then receive Holy Com- munion on that" Feast of Divine Mercy, which has now been called Divine Mercy Sunday throughout the whole Church. Then you must pray for the inten- tions of the Pope. Sister Faustina was canonized by Pope John Paul II on April 30, 2000 when he designated the Sunday after Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday. It was then that he also decreed a plenary indulgence associ- ated with this devotion. Associated with the Feast is a devotion that takes the form of a chaplet: I. Begin with the Sign of the Cross, (I) Our Father, (I) Hail Mary and The Apostles Creed. 2. Then on the Our Father Beads say the following: Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus (Continued on Page 15) Notes on An American Journey by Nicola Orichuia Through her art, Franca Di Pietro has been able to convey her experience as an immigrant to the United States, as well as her passion for history and literature. The exhibit "Notes on an American Journey," which will be displayed at the Italian General Consulate until May 6, captures glimpses of American cities, blurred in dreamy atmo- spheres. "I'm most interested in the secret aspects of things, seeing them through the clouds, the fog," says the artist, who recently moved to Boston after spending several years in New York. What stands out in Di Pietro's art is her "love of gray," a color she has come to appreciate through Danish art. Another characteristic is the insertion of 19 th century subjects in modern settings. The 20-work collection dis- played on the 17 th floor at the Federal Reserve building is divided into four separate series painted between 2005 and 2011. In "Boston Ghost Town," Di Pietro looks at her new hometown, portraying tall women almost gliding through the cold Boston air. In "Seaside" Di Pietro digs into the foggy mysteries of northeastern U.S. coast, while in "American Aerial Views" the a.rtist depicts multicolored yet blurry landscapes of the country-she now calls home. The fourth series is "New York," in which skyscrapers and their lights dart out of clouds hanging low over the city. Many of Di Pietro's paintings are accompanied by words or phrases written along the border, blending into one with the paint- ings' subjects. Di Pietro's works have been displayed in various exhibits in New York, Boston and Italy. One of her paintings is on permanent display at the M.I.M.A.C. museum in Alessano, Italy. "Notes On An American Journey" is on display Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and Thurs- days 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. The works are available for purchase and range from $800 to $2,000. More of her art can be viewed on EAST BOSTON C OF CRCE ]7'5 McCleliar H (Rt, ) $e I fJ,St EIoIROft, HA 02t28 Tel: 6|7-569-5000 ,, Ern,l: ta,stoml:mc, com BEAUTY TALK SERIES at: NORTH END BRANCH LIBRARY 25 Parmenter Street, Boston (617) 227-8135 Come experience the latest cosmetol- ogy tricks of the trade from a professional at our third annual "You Look Marvelous" beauty talk series. Mary DiZazzo Trumbutt Saturday, April 30, 2011 -- 12:00 noon: Guest speaker Mary will discuss skincare and makeup. Saturday, May 7, 2011 -- 12:00 noon: Mary will discuss "Hair care: keeping it shim; nd "My first Beauty Pageant." Saturday, May 14, 2011 -. 12:00 noon: Mary will present "Nailcare: the latest technique for a two-week manicure - Shellac." Come to one or all three. And be sure to bring your experiences, opinions, and questions. Italian refreshments will be served. Mary DiZazzo-Trumbull is a third generation cosmetologist and salon owner, She has practiced her profession for more than 30 years in Andover and Boston. She has written All That Zazz, the Beauty Curium Column for the Post-Gazette, "The Italian-American Voice of Massachu- setts" for the past eight years. She fives on Beacon Hill with her husband David Trumbull.