For the Novena, Jesus told St. Faustina,”I desire that during these nine days you bring souls to the fountain of My mercy, that they may draw therefrom strength and refreshment and whatever grace they have need of in the hardships of life, and especially at the hour of death” (Diary, 1209)
Jesus told St. Faustina that the Feast of Divine Mercy would be a very special day when “all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened.” Jesus promised that “The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain the complete forgiveness of sins and punishment,” which is a Plenary Indulgence.
For those who have been wondering whether or not it is still possible to receive the special Plenary Indulgence for Divine Mercy Sunday, this answer is most definitely, yes! In the original Vatican decree, there is a special provision to still obtain the this special blessing without attending Mass. The document, which has perpetual force, states that “all who for a just cause cannot leave their homes” may obtain a Plenary Indulgence on Divine Mercy Sunday.” This does not remove the three conditions, which must be fulfilled to receive the plenary indulgence, which are a sacramental confession, a Eucharistic communion, and a prayer for the intentions of Pope Francis (which for April is freedom from addiction). The decree clearly states that these must be done “as soon as possible.”