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What is the Divine Mercy Chaplet?

The Origin of the Chaplet 

In the 1930s, Jesus appeared to St. Faustina Kowalska, a humble and kind Polish nun, and revealed to her the depths of His mercy. St. Faustina entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy in 1925, but she passed away just thirteen years later from tuberculosis in 1938. Throughout her life of holiness, she continually received revelations from Jesus and diligently wrote down what He told her in her diary. St. Faustina was canonized by St. (Pope) John Paul II on April 30, 2000.

In 1935, an angel appeared to St. Faustina, and she heard the call to pray for mercy. The next day, Christ appeared and urged her to pray the Chaplet herself and with others at the hour of death. She wrote down this revelation in her diary:

Encourage souls to say the Chaplet which I have given you. Whoever will recite it will receive great mercy at the hour of death. When they say this Chaplet in the presence of the dying, I will stand between My Father and the dying person, not as the just Judge but as the Merciful Savior. Priests will recommend it to sinners as their last hope of salvation. Even if there were a sinner most hardened, if he were to recite this Chaplet only once, he would receive grace from My infinite mercy. I desire to grant unimaginable graces to those souls who trust in My mercy. Through the Chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will. 

St. Faustina’s Diary

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Let us pray: Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion — inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

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O Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, in this time of trial we turn to you.  As our Mother, you love us and know us: no concern of our hearts is hidden from you.  Mother of mercy, how often we have experienced your watchful care and your peaceful presence!  You never cease to guide us to Jesus, the Prince of Peace.

Yet we have strayed from that path of peace.  We have forgotten the lesson learned from the tragedies of the last century, the sacrifice of the millions who fell in two world wars.  We have disregarded the commitments we made as a community of nations.  We have betrayed peoples’ dreams of peace and the hopes of the young.  We grew sick with greed, we thought only of our own nations and their interests, we grew indifferent and caught up in our selfish needs and concerns.  We chose to ignore God, to be satisfied with our illusions, to grow arrogant and aggressive, to suppress innocent lives and to stockpile weapons.  We stopped being our neighbour’s keepers and stewards of our common home.  We have ravaged the garden of the earth with war and by our sins we have broken the heart of our heavenly Father, who desires us to be brothers and sisters.  We grew indifferent to everyone and everything except ourselves.  Now with shame we cry out: Forgive us, Lord!

Holy Mother, amid the misery of our sinfulness, amid our struggles and weaknesses, amid the mystery of iniquity that is evil and war, you remind us that God never abandons us, but continues to look upon us with love, ever ready to forgive us and raise us up to new life.  He has given you to us and made your Immaculate Heart a refuge for the Church and for all humanity.  By God’s gracious will, you are ever with us; even in the most troubled moments of our history, you are there to guide us with tender love.

We now turn to you and knock at the door of your heart.  We are your beloved children.  In every age you make yourself known to us, calling us to conversion.  At this dark hour, help us and grant us your comfort.  Say to us once more: “Am I not here, I who am your Mother?”  You are able to untie the knots of our hearts and of our times.  In you we place our trust.  We are confident that, especially in moments of trial, you will not be deaf to our supplication and will come to our aid.

That is what you did at Cana in Galilee, when you interceded with Jesus and he worked the first of his signs.  To preserve the joy of the wedding feast, you said to him: “They have no wine” (Jn 2:3).  Now, O Mother, repeat those words and that prayer, for in our own day we have run out of the wine of hope, joy has fled, fraternity has faded.  We have forgotten our humanity and squandered the gift of peace.  We opened our hearts to violence and destructiveness.  How greatly we need your maternal help!

Therefore, O Mother, hear our prayer.
Star of the Sea, do not let us be shipwrecked in the tempest of war.
Ark of the New Covenant, inspire projects and paths of reconciliation.
Queen of Heaven, restore God’s peace to the world.
Eliminate hatred and the thirst for revenge, and teach us forgiveness.
Free us from war, protect our world from the menace of nuclear weapons.
Queen of the Rosary, make us realize our need to pray and to love.
Queen of the Human Family, show people the path of fraternity.
Queen of Peace, obtain peace for our world.

O Mother, may your sorrowful plea stir our hardened hearts.  May the tears you shed for us make this valley parched by our hatred blossom anew.  Amid the thunder of weapons, may your prayer turn our thoughts to peace.  May your maternal touch soothe those who suffer and flee from the rain of bombs.  May your motherly embrace comfort those forced to leave their homes and their native land.  May your Sorrowful Heart move us to compassion and inspire us to open our doors and to care for our brothers and sisters who are injured and cast aside.

Holy Mother of God, as you stood beneath the cross, Jesus, seeing the disciple at your side, said: “Behold your son” (Jn 19:26).  In this way he entrusted each of us to you.  To the disciple, and to each of us, he said: “Behold, your Mother” (v. 27).  Mother Mary, we now desire to welcome you into our lives and our history.  At this hour, a weary and distraught humanity stands with you beneath the cross, needing to entrust itself to you and, through you, to consecrate itself to Christ.  The people of Ukraine and Russia, who venerate you with great love, now turn to you, even as your heart beats with compassion for them and for all those peoples decimated by war, hunger, injustice and poverty.

Therefore, Mother of God and our Mother, to your Immaculate Heart we solemnly entrust and consecrate ourselves, the Church and all humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine.  Accept this act that we carry out with confidence and love.  Grant that war may end and peace spread throughout the world.  The “Fiat” that arose from your heart opened the doors of history to the Prince of Peace.  We trust that, through your heart, peace will dawn once more.  To you we consecrate the future of the whole human family, the needs and expectations of every people, the anxieties and hopes of the world.

Through your intercession, may God’s mercy be poured out on the earth and the gentle rhythm of peace return to mark our days.  Our Lady of the “Fiat”, on whom the Holy Spirit descended, restore among us the harmony that comes from God.  May you, our “living fountain of hope”, water the dryness of our hearts.  In your womb Jesus took flesh; help us to foster the growth of communion.  You once trod the streets of our world; lead us now on the paths of peace.  Amen.


Below are our Wednesday and Thursday youth groups making ornaments and decorating the Parish tree. They also wrote over 50 cards in English and Spanish to be delivered to some senior homes in Santa Rosa. 


Welcome to St. Leo's Youth Ministry / Confirmation 2021-2022

This year we will be attempting face to face meeting.  If numbers get too big, or Covid cases rise, we may need to switch to online learning.  Covid protocol is posted on the St. Leo's website before the start of classes.  Please be sure to check out the protocols and contact me if you have any questions. We are moving on in a positive approach. 

Jr. High youth group will resume meeting twice a month, starting  Oct. 7th  from 6:30-7:30 p.m. (This will be a virtual meeting. See meeting information under the Youth Ministry tab, Junior High Youth Group.)

High School youth group will resume meeting weekly starting Wed. Oct. 6th from 7-8:00 p.m. (This will be a virtual meeting. See meeting information under the Youth Ministry tab, Confirmation Preparation tab.)

Youth group classes are open to all youth in that age bracket.  Whether they have been confirmed, plan to be or already have been. All are welcome.  

Please make note that St. Leo's only confirms 8th grade and above, but highly suggest that the youth start attending at least a year before.

Registration forms are available in the parish office.  

Any questions, please e-mail: Or call:  707-291-1916

Nancy Gibson

Coord. Youth Ministry

Bienvenidos al Grupo Juvenil / Confirmación de St. Leo’s 2021-2022

Este año intentaremos reunirnos cara a cara. Si los números de jovenes aumentan demasiado o los casos de Covid aumentan, es posible que debamos cambiar al aprendizaje a distancia. El protocolo de Covid se publicará en el sitio web de St. Leos antes del inicio de las clases. Por favor asegúrese de revisarlos y contactarme si tiene alguna pregunta. Avanzamos con un enfoque positivo.

El grupo de jóvenes de Jr. High se reunira dos veces al mes, a partir del 7 de Octubre de 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

El grupo de jóvenes de High School se reunira semanalmente a partir del Miércoles. 6 de Octubre de 7:00 -8:00 p.m.

Las clases de grupo de jóvenes están abiertas a todos los jóvenes de ese grupo de edad. Ya sea que hayan sido confirmados, planeen serlo o ya lo hayan sido. Todos son bienvenidos.

Tome en cuenta que St. Leo's solo confirma del octavo grado en adelante, pero sugiere que los jóvenes comiencen a asistir al menos un año antes.

Los formularios de registro están disponibles en la oficina parroquial.

Cualquier pregunta, envíe un correo electrónico a: o llame al: 707-291-1916

Nancy Gibson

Coord. Ministerio Juvenil

Daily Masses at 8:30am Monday,(No Mass on Tuesday)Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are now indoors.(Face mask optional)

Parishioners are welcome to attend our weekend outdoor services. Weekend Masses will also be live-streamed on our website: by clicking on either of the Facebook or YouTube links.

Saturday   5:00 p.m.
Sunday      9:30 a.m.
            11:30 a.m. Spanish.

La Misa diara de Lunes a Viernes, en Ingles, a las 8:30 a.m. ahora es adentro de la Iglesia. La Misa de Miercoles, en Español, ahora es adentro de la Iglesia tambien.(Mascarilla opcional

Estan invitados a asistir a nuestros servicios al aire libre los fines de semana. Las misas de Miercoles y fin de semana tambien se tranmitiran en vivo en nuestro sitio web:  haciendo clic en cualquiera de los dos enlaces Facebook o YouTube.
Miercoles   7:00 p.m. Español
Sabado   5:00 p.m.
Domingo   9:30 a.m.
  11:30 a.m. Español

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