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Time to Celebrate!
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York and a frequent guest at the Marian Fathers' Divine Mercy Conference in Bronx, New York, will be the principal celebrant at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy for the Solemn Liturgy at 1 p.m. on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 12.
Cardinal Dolan is one of the best-known Catholic prelates in the United States today, boldly proclaiming the Catholic faith in its fullness through his media appearances, books, blog, and many ministries.
Saint Faustina will also be in the spotlight. On Saturday evening of Divine Mercy Sunday Weekend, the Marian Fathers will host St. Luke Productions' live drama Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy in place of their usual Mercy Weekend Conference. Created with the expert assistance of the Marians, this show powerfully tells the story of St. Faustina and her call from Jesus to become the Apostle of Divine Mercy.
"Leonardo Defilippis and his dedicated team at St. Luke Productions have pulled off something of a miracle with their 90-minute production," said Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, director of the Marians' Evangelization and Development Office. "I encountered Faustina and the message of Divine Mercy on a new and deeper level."
On Saturday and Sunday, tents will be set up on Eden Hill for prayer, activities, and groups associated with the Marians. Tents will be available for confessions, Adoration, the Divine Mercy Gift Shop, and more.
One highlight of the weekend will be the prayer banner composed of thousands of pieces of cloth, with each one bearing a Marian Helper's prayer intention for Divine Mercy Sunday. In the spirit of the World Meeting of Families in September and the Ordinary Synod on the Family in October, this year's theme is "Families Enveloped in Mercy, 2015."
If you can't make it to the Shrine for Divine Mercy Sunday, don't worry! You also can view the National Shrine's celebration live on EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) on April 12. The show begins at noon EST.
Divine Mercy Sunday Weekend Schedule
Saturday, April 11
8 a.m. — Holy Mass, National Shrine.
9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. — Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Adoration Tent.
2:45 p.m. — A procession to the Mother of Mercy Outdoor Shrine.
3 p.m. — Divine Mercy Novena and Chaplet, Exposition of and Benediction with the Blessed Sacrament, Mother of Mercy Outdoor Shrine.
4 p.m. — Vigil Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Anthony Gramlich, MIC, Mother of Mercy Outdoor Shrine.
7:30 p.m. — Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy — a live dramatic production. Reservations are required. Get more info at thedivinemercy.org/Faustina. (This special event replaces the usual conference.)
Sunday, April 12
9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. — Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Adoration Tent.
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Music and spiritual presentations, recitation of the Rosary, Mother of Mercy Outdoor Shrine.
1 p.m. — Solemn Liturgy will be celebrated by Timothy Cardinal Dolan, archbishop of New York, Mother of Mercy Outdoor Shrine.
3 p.m. — Divine Mercy Novena and Chaplet; Exposition of and Benediction with the Most Blessed Sacrament; blessing of religious articles and water, Mother of Mercy Outdoor Shrine.
On Saturday and Sunday, confessions will be heard from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., tents for enrollments and Masses will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the food court will serve starting at 8 a.m. Gift Shop tents will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. The votive candle tent, Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, and the Immaculate Conception Candle Shrine will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. (The Gift Shop will be closed on Monday, April 13.)