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Father Bob Shaldone, SOLT, leads members of the Mother of Divine Mercy Prayer Group in a prayer before the Shrine’s monthly healing Mass begins on March 27.

Did You Know About the Shrine's Monthly Healing Masses?

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By Felix Carroll (Jun 20, 2014)
The music begins as people from near and far file into the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, some with burdens almost too heavy to bear, some who have experienced graces too great to withhold acknowledgment.

People like Robin Daub, who drove an hour from Connecticut with her 9-year-old daughter. Her family's finances have reached critical condition. Her husband's health is failing. Her trust in God is waning.

People like Bonnie Nataro of West Springfield, Mass., whose three of four grown children have returned to the faith after years of her praying.

"Many of my prayers were said here at the Shrine, and I felt I needed to come back to thank God," she says. "I'm also hoping and praying the Lord gives me a physical healing." She has a medical condition that's worsening.

In the sacristy below, you can hear the music and the footfalls of attendees overhead taking their seats. Father Bob Shaldone, SOLT, slips into his vestments. It's nearing 7 p.m. on March 27. It's the last Thursday of the month, and that means that, in addition to the Sacred Liturgy, there will be praise and worship, music, testimony, and the laying on of hands. In other words, the monthly healing Mass is set to begin.

Once vested, and before he heads up to lead the healing Mass, Fr. Shaldone joins in prayer with members of the Mother of Divine Mercy Prayer Group, which has hosted the Shrine's healing Masses for at least 25 years.

"Lord, if not physical healings, may all those who are with us this evening be convinced of Your love and mercy to give us the strength to get through our difficulties," Fr. Shaldone says. "May we be witnesses to Your mercy. Renew us. Revive us so that we may be Your obedient and humble instruments."

"Amen," the members of the group respond. Together, they file upstairs where the live music has grown in power and strength. The band sways in unison, slowly, heavily, like a big-shouldered ship weathering the turbulent seas of Scripture.

The crowd claps, sways, shouts amen, and sings along with them to the hymn, "The Mighty One of Israel":

... The Lord shall cause
 glorious beauty to be seen ...

By slow degrees, the seas turn tranquil and the shouts to soft whispers. The piano and guitars grow faint, dopplering off into the distance.

Father Shaldone steps up to the pulpit. "God is going to do some mighty things here tonight," he says. And he's correct. Testimonies will be given. One middle-aged woman will speak of how her family has lived "like Job," marked by illness and financial problems. "But through it all, we have found faith — faith we would not have searched for without this suffering," she said.

The service ends with Fr. Shaldone administering the laying on of hands to all who choose to come before the altar. So-called "catchers" are put into place — assistants who stand ready to gently guide to the ground anyone temporarily slain in the spirit. There are many in need of catching, including Robin.

"I'm just overcome with peace," she says, buttoning up her daughter's coat before the two head out into the cold evening. "I know God is with me all the way."

Healing Masses, which have grown in popularity in the past 30-plus years through the Charismatic movement, draw from Christ's own ministry on Earth, where He healed the physically and spiritually sick.

Lorraine Ward, the coordinator of the Mother of Divine Mercy Prayer Group, says miracles have occurred through the Shrine's healing Masses. "Some are physical healings," she says. "But most are in the form of people coming to know the Lord in a more powerful way."

"We are always quick to point out that in healing Masses, it is always the Lord, not the priests, who do the healing," says Fr. Anthony Gramlich, MIC, who sometimes leads the Shrine's healing Masses and who also serves as the chaplain for the prayer group. "The priests are just His instruments."

He hastens to add that every Mass is a "healing Mass," by virtue of Christ's Presence in the Eucharist.

So why hold special healing Masses?

"To help give people confidence that they can approach Jesus and ask for healing," says Fr. Anthony. "Also, when people who might not otherwise attend a Mass hear the word 'healing,' they are drawn. So it's also another way of evangelization — that healing through Christ is what the Church offers."

Most of the Shrine's healing Masses are standing-room only. Internationally known leaders of healing ministries, such as Fr. Richard McAlear, OMI, and Fr. Joseph Whalen, MS, draw people from throughout the Northeast and beyond. (Father McAlear will lead the June 26 Mass. Father Whalen will lead the Sept. 25 Mass.)

Cinching her scarf, Bonnie is exhausted by the end of the evening.

"It's a good tired," she says with a smile. "I prayed for peace of mind this evening, and I'm leaving here thinking that no matter what happens, I know that I can trust in Jesus that all things turn out for the good, regardless."

For the Shrine's full schedule, including its monthly healing Masses, visit

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Lynn - Nov 17, 2017

Please pray that the Lord will heal me of all my health issues and bless me and my family!.
I have been ill for several months and have been to many doctors. I pray and hope Jesus is restoring my body.
Thank you!

Abigail Rose - Sep 22, 2017

Please pray for my dear 17 year old daughter Abigail in that she comes back to a relationship with God. As it is written in the Ten Commandments to Honor Your Father and Mother, she has dishonored our wishes and has accepted a marriage proposal from her boyfriend. Her boyfriend made his intentions and reasons for marriage known to me, and they are not what are called for in what the act of holy matrimony is meant to be. I pray that Abigail comes back to her senses, and changes her decision. She once had goals of accepting an academic scholarship for college. She isn’t thinking rationally now as she hopes to be married before she graduates high school, and leave home immediately as a married woman when she turns the age of 18. Please turn her acts of rebellion back to the path of Jesus, and away sinful, lustful desires. I pray that by our intercessory prayers, we can change her back into what she once was before meeting this young man.
Pray for me in my act of tough love discipline on Abigail. I pray for guidance from God in that I discipline her for her actions in an act of love and not in spite of vengeance for her wrongdoing. She has been disrespectful, deceitful, and dishonorable to my wife and me for far too long. Help my daughter understand that we care deeply for her and are only looking out for her own good and well-being. Help her understand that the family that has befriended her is not who truly cares about her or us, and that they are only looking out for their son and their own best interests.
Pray for her in that she finds the love of our savior Jesus Christ. She was baptized almost two years ago, and then tells me she only did it for the family. She recently revealed to me that she still does believe in God, but doesn’t pray anymore, and is unsure about as she says “this Jesus guy”. She told me that she relates more to being agnostic than what she does to Christianity. She becomes very angry at the mere mention of needing salvation of her dark soul. Ever since she met her boyfriend, she has turned her back on the family, and church. She told her mother and me that she hated us, and that she has no feelings of love for anything but her boyfriend and his family. Please pray as I’m unsure if she is suffering from some form of psychosis or an evil spirit. I know she suffers from emotional scarring as a very young girl from the abandonment of her birth father and death of two grandparents. She is no longer the loving girl we once had a year ago. Please deliver her from this feeling of hate and evil, and pray for the Holy Spirit to intervene back into heart, mind, and soul.
I do not know how or why this has happened yet, but I’m trying to find out. Please pray for me to continue to be understanding to her as she searches for her own answers as well. She has made some rash decisions in recent months that we do not agree with, but we will continue praying for her. We know how God has a plan for us all, and I pray that the Holy Spirit intervenes into our Abigail’s heart, mind, and soul.
Pray that my wife and I may have the strength to be forgiving of Abigail, her boyfriend, and his family too.

Sha - Aug 30, 2017

Prayers needed for my sister battling cancer, my son and daughter in law to continue being strong building their new life together, my friend Elaine that her pains will stop, for our country and its turmoil, my husband and his kidneys for my son in law and his arm and hip to be healed , for Susie to soften her heart for myself to have strength and to know when to shut up. Love you my Lord

Darla - Oct 22, 2016

Colton, my 16 year old, was hit in the leg during a football game which has resulted in a HUGE calcification (extra bone growth) within his thigh muscle. Because if it's location, intramuscular, the calcification is inoperable. The bone formation is the size of a credit card. We are Christians & believe in prayer and we want this calcified mass out of his leg. We would like for it to reabsorb back into his body. It's extremely discouraging and we believe with prayer, he will get full range of motion back! PLEASE pray for him. We believe in miracles. Thank you so much, Darla Harvey (Colton's mom)

Darla Harvey - Oct 22, 2016

Colton, my 16 year old, was hit in the leg during a football game which has resulted in a HUGE calcification (extra bone growth) within his thigh muscle. Because if it's location, intramuscular, the calcification is inoperable. The bone formation is the size of a credit card. We are Christians & believe in prayer and we want this calcified mass out of his leg. We would like for it to reabsorb back into his body. It's extremely discouraging and we believe with prayer, he will get full range of motion back! PLEASE pray for him. We believe in miracles. Thank you so much, Darla Harvey (Colton's mom)

Jennifer Nelson - Jun 20, 2016

For my parents Rose & Paul Ragonese. That they are watched over as they both both go for open heart surgery. Help them dear lord find the strength to get over their fears and also heal them as they get thru the surgery and after. Give me and my sister the strength to get thru this and help in the healing process. Please watch over my husband David and son Anthony that they grow and live happy long healthy lives. Watch over my sister Dawn and her husband Anthony and their son Hunter. Let them grow in Faith and live a long happy healthy life. Watch over Grandma Rosalie and heal her heart for it hurts in the loss of her son Salvatore. Watch over my uncle in heaven and all those we have lost. I love you dear father and know that you help us in healing thru our faith.


Cheryl - Jun 20, 2016

Father I so believe in healing and I believe in my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ if I could ask you please to just keep my health stable I don't expect a miracle healing but just that I remain stable with my health issues and I can ask please to bring peace and unity To my family And I fear for the state of our world in the name of Jesus
Christ amen

Aislinn - May 3, 2016

Please pray for Finn, that he will end up in the best situation possible, for him, me and Nola. If he is not to be with me again, then please pray that my broken heart will heal. Thank you.

Kim - May 2, 2016

For my son, to be cured of cirrhosis and the complications therein; to find peace in his mind and in his heart, and for his son, that they may be together for many years to come. I pray for this in Jesus' name. Amen

April - Apr 17, 2016

I pray for my momma to be healthy and enjoy her life,I pray in Gods name,amen

April - Apr 17, 2016

I pray for my momma to be healthy and enjoy her life,I pray in Gods name,amen

Zan Adu - Mar 11, 2016

For three members of my family having serious medical issues; lung cancer, breast cancer and suspected colon cancer. May God be with you always and bring you back to good health quickly!

Antonina - Feb 11, 2016

For my parents, my sister, and family unity. For all those who do not have someone to pray for them. For each of our personal intentions.

David - Nov 12, 2014

Most Dearly Beloved, my only Love Jesus, Oh Most Holy Trinity! I know that You can and will do all things, You have simply to speak it and it is done! I humbly, respectfully, trustingly and Lovingly ask like a little child on its Mother lap that through the Most Pierced and Sorrowful Heart and Soul of Our Most Dearly Beloved Mother Mary, Saint Joseph Her Most Chaste Spouse, all the Angels and Saints, all the Souls in Heaven and Purgatory, under the earth and in the earth and every intercessor that has ever been raised up by You and every intercessor that ever will be raised up by You, that You cure all my spiritual, mental, psychological and physical corruption, disease, disorder, decay, decline, deterioration, decomposition and death in my soul, brain, body and all is of me and that is me. I beseechingly and Lovingly ask that You do not look at me, but at all these Loving intercessors of Yours that Love You so unspeakably much and who You Love so unspeakably much in return as only God can. I know that You will grant my petition and I praise and thank You now and forever for all eternity together with You in an eternal embrace of Love forever and ever without end. Amen

ElsieWilliam - Jul 1, 2014

We believe in healing prayers....We pray for peace,unity, good health @ for our very special intentions.

Mary - Jun 30, 2014

I prayer for healing for my mother, my sons And myself

debra - Jun 28, 2014

I BELIEVE IN HEALING! I want every heart to know that Jesus is Love & Mercy.

sandra - Jun 25, 2014

i believe in healing n i want my family united in jesus name i want my husband n children to co me back in prayer life..i have always seen that he does sit with me to pray it means he does not love to pray....oscar.

Kate - Jun 24, 2014

For my son and two daughters to return to Mass and Confession, for us to pray together, for healing within our family. For Spiritual physical and mental healing please for us all. That i will be able to keep our house tidy. to not feel bullied in college. for my two in college to succeed. For me also to be able to do well in college in Jesus name. To not feel I am picked on. For my daughters kidney problems dislocated collar bone and disalined jaw bone, my P.T.S.D. my childrens anxiety, the block we seem to have in communication. my dislocated hip my cholesterol and palpatations high blood pressure being unfit. To be able to be fit again, my back problems. For the harm done to my children seeing me being bet up by their Dad, when they were small, and the effects of that harm on my youngest daughter and all of us. I think my son was molested sexually by his Dad but he denied it when I asked him about it, I pray for the harm that has caused if I am right or wrong. Thank God my children and I are together I pray we become like a holy family in Jesus name and I am not tired all the time, to be able to succeed in my work. Amen

irene - jun 24 2014 - Jun 24, 2014


Teresita - Jun 24, 2014

I Believe in healing. I want my family to be together again. I want my husband to comeback in our church life and leave her mistress .

LANIE - Jun 24, 2014