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Update from the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy

Shrine celebrates first worldwide Mercy Sunday

There is great hope for our world because of the infinite mercy of God, Archbishop James Keleher of Kansas City, KS, told pilgrims at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy and a worldwide television audience on April 22.

"All of us stand in need of forgiveness," said the archbishop, echoing the central message of Divine Mercy. "Indeed, the only hope the world has for peace among nations and peoples is if God forgives the racism and hate and, if prompted by His grace, we are able to forgive one another."

An estimated 20,000 pilgrims gathered at the Shrine in Stockbridge, MA, making it North America's largest Mercy Sunday celebration, while about 20 million watched on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN). The day marked the first worldwide celebration of the feast by the Roman Catholic Church.

Pilgrims came by car and bus from as far away as Kentucky and Quebec. Other pilgrims came from as far away as the Philippines, France, and South America. Officials say 230 buses converged on Eden Hill, home of the National Shrine, where Mercy Sunday has been celebrated publicly since 1979.

New York City Auxiliary Bishop Francisco Garmendia also concelebrated the main Mass with Archbishop Keleher.

Bishop Roman Andrzejewski, Auxiliary Bishop of Wloclawek, Poland, celebrated an earlier Mass on Sunday morning in Polish for a crowd of about 3,000.

Last May, at the direction of Pope John Paul II, the Holy See issued a decree establishing the Sunday following Easter as the "Second Sunday of Easter or Divine Mercy Sunday."

Mercy Sunday is a day of extraordinary graces promised by Christ through private revelations granted to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, the Great Apostle of Divine Mercy.

Summer Schedule: National Shrine of The Divine Mercy

Pilgrims are welcome to the Shrine and grounds at any time, says Shrine Rector Fr. Dan Papineau, MIC. Advance notice from bus group coordinators is greatly appreciated.

Novena for Life: In April, the Shrine began a monthly novena for the unborn to honor the Infant Jesus and to make reparation for sins committed against life. The novena will continue through to the end of the year on the following dates from 7-9 p.m.: June 22, July 27, Aug. 24, Sept. 14, Oct. 26, Nov. 23, and Dec. 28.

Healing Masses: Throughout the year, the Mother of Divine Mercy Prayer Group hosts a healing Mass on the last Thursday of every month at 7 p.m.

Twilight Concert Series: Begun last summer, the series will continue this year through July, August, and September. Dates are being finalized. Contact us for updated information.

Mary's Days: Our annual event honoring the Blessed Mother will be held from Aug. 15 (Assumption) to Aug. 22 (Queenship of Mary). Each day will include a procession to the Lourdes Grotto, the Holy Rosary, and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. On Aug. 22, there will be a concert honoring Our Lady.

Feast of St. Faustina: Looking ahead to fall, we will hold a special celebration to mark the feast day of the Mercy Saint on Oct. 5. More information will be available later this summer.

For more information about any of these events, e-mail us at [email protected], or call us at 413-298-3931.

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