Divine Mercy Sunday Celebration Cancelled

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STOCKBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS — In collaboration with the local health officials and emergency personnel, the Marian Fathers are cancelling the annual Divine Mercy Sunday outdoor weekend celebration on April 18 and 19. The Marian Fathers deeply apologize to all the dedicated organizers and faithful pilgrims who were planning to be with us. Out of our care and concern for the wellbeing of each person, we do not wish to increase the possibility of exposure to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Please remember that the extraordinary grace of Divine Mercy Sunday is available to you on that day by receiving Holy Communion in a state of grace. Consider going to Confession prior to Easter, so as not to overwhelm your local parish on Divine Mercy Sunday.

If you are homebound or otherwise cannot attend Mass on Divine Mercy Sunday, you may wish to watch Mass on local television or EWTN.

Even if that is not possible, please remember that you can obtain the graces available on this day by receiving Jesus in your heart with great longing and love — also known as making an Act of Spiritual Communion. God will give you all the graces you need because of your great trust in Him. God does not abandon anyone. He is especially close to the broken-hearted and those bound by disease, sin, despair, loneliness, or physical handicaps.

We ask you to join us in praying for all those around the world who have been exposed to or who will be affected by this virus. We ask God for His assistance that we may speedily overcome this disease.

Please note that, beginning March 14, 2020, all public Masses, Confessions and devotions are suspended in the Shrine until further notice, per the local bishop. The Shrine is open daily for private prayer and Eucharistic Adoration from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Robert R. Allard - Mar 26, 2020

The Lord sees everything and His Church is prepared to give the plenary indulgence, despite the pandemic. Read this paragraph from the original plenary indulgence: If it is impossible that people do even this, on the same day they may obtain the Plenary Indulgence if with a spiritual intention they are united with those carrying out the prescribed practice for obtaining the Indulgence in the usual way and offer to the Merciful Lord a prayer and the sufferings of their illness and the difficulties of their lives, with the resolution to accomplish as soon as possible the three conditions prescribed to obtain the plenary indulgence. You can see the entire original decree here: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/tribunals/apost_penit/documents/rc_trib_appen_doc_20020629_decree-ii_en.html

Michael - Mar 21, 2020

Not surprised by this, since the Boston Symphony Orchestra has cancelled all events until Saturday, May 2, 2020, including events at the Linde Center, not that far from the Nation Shrine of the Divine Mercy. Once that happened, the public events at the National Shrine would follow. Once public events are re-established in both places, the two organization should work together as they are some commonalities between the Church and Classical Music, including the possibility that Saint Faustian, through the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, unknowingly may have saved the live of Dmitri Shostakovich who it was throated by Stalin in the 1930s.

Irene - Mar 16, 2020

We can all pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet from home but it is still heart breaking that we can not receive Jesus in the Eucharist. I am not fully in agreement of closing off Mass when we should be showing our Faith and Trust in Jesus more than ever. We all need to really pray, repent and ask for forgiveness and great mercy for all the sins of the world. I hope this awakens the sleeping hearts. God bless us, forgive us & have mercy on us.

MERCY!!! - Mar 11, 2020

MERCY!!!