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Parish promotes Divine Mercy devotion
Children are now saying their prayers every day thanks to some useful incentivesChildren saying Divine Mercy prayers
- ucanews.com reporter, Ha Tinh city
- April 29, 2011
â€śSome 100 local children are regularly reciting Divine Mercy prayers from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. every day at the church,â€ť Father Joseph Phan Dinh Trung, who heads Thinh Lac parish, said.
Established in 2008, the parish in Ha Tinh provinceâ€™s Huong Khe district serves 3,200 Catholics.
Father Trung, 43, said he launched the Divine Mercy devotion campaign in November after major flooding caused widespread devastation in the area.
â€śWe encourage children to attend prayer sessions by awarding them notebooks or milk,â€ť Father Trung said.
The children are given coupons after each session and those who collect 10 coupons are given a notebook.
Those aged 4-6 are given milk since local children sometimes lack food andÂ are a littleÂ malnourished, he added.
â€śI am happy to say prayers and receive gifts. I pray for my family and do not miss a session,â€ť said Marie Han Thi Tra, a first grader.
In the past she only went to church on Sundays, she admitted.
Maria Nguyen Thi Hang, 10, said she used hang around with friends but now she regularly says Divine Mercy prayers at the church.
â€śI know God loves me through such prayers, so I must say thanks to him and pray for my family,â€ť the fifth grader said.
This yearâ€™s feast of the Divine Mercy falls on May 1.
Related reports: Catholics Urged To Increase Devotion To Divine Mercy