"I desire that the Feast of Mercy
be a refuge and a shelter for all souls,
especially poor sinners."
You can still receive the promises of Christ.
"It is important then that we accept the whole message that comes to us from the word of God on this Second Sunday of Easter, which from now on throughout the Church, will be called Divine Mercy Sunday." - Pope John Paul II, Canonization of St. Faustina
"Divine Mercy! This is the Easter gift that the Church receives from the risen Christ and offers to humanity.'' JPII, 2001
You can do everything required without participating in any special observance. Some priests aren't 'into' the Feast of Mercy. Some do not understand why Blessed John Paul II instituted the feast in the first place. Some think it is just a private revelation and that the Second Sunday of Easter should be left alone. Some even associate it with post-V-II-Novus-Ordo-hocus-pocus. Too bad.
Before I knew of the devotion, before I was reconciled to the Church through the sacrament of penance, I experienced the Divine Mercy on the Second Sunday of Easter - at that time the devotion was not well known. It was a remarkable grace... I've mentioned it in the past, in bits and pieces, but maybe some day I'll pull it all together into one post. Maybe not.
"The first Sunday after Easter is the Feast of Mercy, but there must also be acts of mercy....I demand from you deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Me." (Diary, 742)
To be merciful to others... there are three ways to do it:
The first: an act of mercy - of whatever kind.This then is essentially what is required to obtain the Great Pardon on the Feast of Divine Mercy - a refuge for sinners:
The second: a word of mercy, when one cannot carry out a work of mercy.
The third: prayer - when we cannot show mercy by deeds or words - we can always do so by prayer. Prayer reaches out even there where we cannot reach out physically.
"The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet.... Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy." (699) Read more here.You can do it.