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Divine Mercy Sunday 2014

Monsignor James Lisante will be the principal celebrant at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy's annual Divine Mercy Sunday celebration on April 27, in Stockbridge, Mass., announced Shrine Rector Fr. Ken Dos Santos, MIC.

The Solemn Liturgy, beginning at 1 p.m., is, of course, the highpoint of a weekend-long celebration that will include a conference, music, prayer, and opportunities for confession.

The Marians are expecting a large crowd. Last year's celebration drew some 23,000 pilgrims.

If you can't make it to the Shrine for Divine Mercy Sunday, don't worry! You also can view the celebration live on EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) on April 27. The broadcast begins at noon (EST).

Monsignor Lisante is pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Massapequa Park, N.Y., and a regular presenter at the Marian Fathers' Bronx Conference. Long active in the popular media, he has hosted several national television programs, including Personally Speaking and Christopher Close-Up.

Both the Sunday liturgy and the Vigil Mass at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, will be celebrated on Eden Hill at the Mother of Mercy Outdoor Shrine.

On Saturday morning, the Marian Fathers will host their annual Mercy Weekend Conference. This year's theme is "Saints John XXIII and John Paul II: Celebrating the Mercy Popes." Speakers include Msgr. James P. Moroney, rector of St. John's Seminary in the Archdiocese of Boston, and Deacon Chris Alar, MIC, a Marian seminarian who will be ordained to the priesthood on May 31.

The conference will run from 10 a.m. to noon at the First Congregational Church, 4 Main Street in Stockbridge, just down the hill from the National Shrine. General admission is $20 (bag lunch included). Admission is free for members of the 13th of the Month Club, Friends of Mercy, and the Holy Souls Sodality. To register, please call 1-800-671-2020 or go online. The deadline to register online is April 16.

On Saturday and Sunday, tents will be set up on Eden Hill for Eucharistic Adoration, confession, presentations, Masses and enrollments, candle lighting, and a gift shop.

One highlight of the weekend will be the prayer banner composed of thousands of pieces of cloth, each one bearing a Marian Helper's prayer intention. Each year, there's a different "theme" for the banner, which ties into the Divine Mercy Sunday celebration. This year's theme is "Mercy United, 2014." The centerpiece of the banner will feature an image of John Paul II and John XXIII with the Divine Mercy in the background.

Mud. Rain. Snow. Sun. They are potential elements of the unpredictable spring in the beautiful Berkshires. Pilgrims are advised to dress in layers. Wear comfortable shoes that have traction, and don't forget rain gear. 


As always, we encourage the faithful to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday in their own local parishes, since it is a universal feast day in the Church. If you don't have a special Divine Mercy observance locally, consider asking your pastor to begin one. The Marians have resources that can help, including Celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday in Your Parish: A Practical Guide. Call 1-800-462-7426 for more information.

About 650 volunteers are needed for the weekend. Those interested in volunteering for any part of the weekend can call 413-298-1114 or e-mail volunteers@marian.org for more information.

Saturday, April 26
8 a.m. — Holy Mass-National Shrine
9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. — Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament-Adoration Tent. At 2:45, there will be a procession to the Mother of Mercy Outdoor Shrine.
10 a.m. — Divine Mercy Conference: "Saints John XXIII and John Paul II: Celebrating the Mercy Popes" held at First Congregational Church of Stockbridge. Speakers will include Monsignor James P. Moroney, rector of St. John's Seminary in the Archdiocese of Boston and our own Fr. Jim McCormack, MIC, Prefect of Formation and Novice Master for the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception.
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, Mother of Mercy Outdoor Shrine

Divine Mercy Sunday, April 27
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 Monsignor James Lisante, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Massapequa Park, N.Y., 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 gift shop will be closed on Monday, April 28.)

The votive candle tent will be open from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Sunday, while Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto and Immaculate Conception Candle Shrine will be open all day.

For up-to-date information, visit the Shrine website, call (413) 298-1118, or e-mail pilgrims@marian.org.

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Joette Hoke — Apr 21, 2014 - 13:51 EDT

I pray to Jesus to heal me from my physical and most of all my mental pain. Bring me strength and give me the knowledge on how to take care of myself so I can get healthy again.

Rosemary: — Apr 21, 2014 - 22:39 EDT

I pray that God binds the hands of the devil and puts the Blood of Jesus Christ over our Nation. I pray for peace in this country, overseas, the Middle East and end to war. I pray for the sick , the dying, Our Pope, Our Priests and our government.

1of7angels — Apr 22, 2014 - 12:00 EDT

Dearest Lord & Our Most Blessed Mother, I am asking a lot, but trying very, very hard to overcome my many weaknesses & keep my Faith strong & the devil at bay. I pray for my elderly mom who may be getting closer to her time when God calls her home. I pray for family unity, an increase in Faith, prayer,& Love in today's separated families & the sad importance of material things, love of money, & gadgets that has taken control of the world's mind so there is no room for family time, family prayer nor God. I pray for the souls most forgotten on this earth & all the Holy Souls in Purgatory. I pray my friends, family & myself will get to Heaven. I pray for the lessening of discord between my own family, & God will bring us together again, to be kind, supportive of each other, understanding & respectful. I ask for Jesus to help me carry my crosses that are getting very, very heavy for me to bear of which effects my physical health & more so as the days go by. I thank you for my one true friend who is not a fair weather friend.
I am praying for a miracle as my home & my friend's home are going into foreclosure, and since I am disabled & cannot work my stress level seems beyond repair and my physical well-being is compromised. Although I do not feel worthy of any miracle, I beg and ask our Dear Lord, Blessed Mother, soon to be Saint John Paul,& St. Therese. I pray that I may be able to speak with one of the fine priests of the MID.

1of7angels — Apr 22, 2014 - 12:12 EDT

Dearest Lord & Our Most Blessed Mother, I am asking a lot, but trying very, very hard to overcome my many weaknesses & keep my Faith strong & the devil at bay during the most difficult time in my life. I pray for my elderly mom who may be getting closer to her time when God calls her home. I pray for family unity, an increase in Faith, prayer,& Love in today's separated families & the sad importance of material things, love of money, & gadgets that have taken control of the world's mind so there is no room for family time, family prayer nor God. I pray for the souls most forgotten on this earth & all the Holy Souls in Purgatory especially those most abandoned. I pray my friends, family & myself will get to Heaven. I pray for the lessening of discord between my own siblings,& that God will bring us together again instead of farther apart as when our beloved father died 9 years ago. I pray for no more abortions! I ask for Jesus to help me carry my crosses that are getting very, very heavy for me to bear of which affects my physical health even more so as the days & years go by.I thank God for my one true friend who is not a fair weather friend.
I am praying for a miracle as my home & my friend's home are going into foreclosure, & since I am disabled & cannot work my stress level seems beyond repair & my physical well-being further compromised. Although I do not feel worthy of any miracle, I beg Our Dear Lord for his Mercy,& Our Blessed Mother, soon to be Saint John Paul,St. Therese & Blessed Stanislaus Papzynski for their intercessions.I pray that I may be able to speak with one of the devout priests of the MIC very soon as they heal my heavy heart & soul & feel it with peace. Help us all to pray the Rosary daily & may God have mercy on all of us!

Samantha — Apr 25, 2014 - 12:24 EDT

I pray to Jesus that he heals my son. I am pregnant and found out that my son will be born with a severe heart defect. I ask for nothing more then a healthy child that I can raise and bring close to Christ. Bring me the strength to have a healthy delivery and a miraculously healthy baby boy. AMEN

Britt — Apr 26, 2014 - 14:47 EDT

For the soul of my sister, Susan D C Flores. Israel and America. Our military and their families. The Cirelli, Hughey, Coy and Britt families. Their health, finances and their souls. Health of Micki Cirelli and my husband. Amen

Theresa — Apr 26, 2014 - 21:00 EDT

Jesus, I Trust in You, I ask to bless me with grace that I may forgive those who hurt me through their words and actions toward me. I ask for Jesus' to grace me with strength to carry my crosses as I move forward. I pray for healing of those who are suffering from physical, mental, and addiction illnesses. For those who are homeless and living in shelters may Jesus grant them the grace and strength to move forward in life. And finally for Alicia who is going through labor, I give her to you Lord Jesus that you bless she and her baby with special graces. Jesus, I trust in you, Jesus, I trust in you, Jesus, I trust in you.

Ruel Sibi — Apr 26, 2014 - 21:52 EDT

I pray to Lord Jesus to help me in my personal problems and difficulties. Pray for good health to everyone in the family. For job and business opportunities in the near future. For the soul of Rosela and Rowena and all souls in the Purgatory. To give thanks for the all the graces and for more divine blessings to come. I pray with all my heart that the Virgin Mary, Blessed Mother will intercede, so that my prayers will be heard by God and I may obtain the divine mercy. AMEN

Ruel Sibi — Apr 26, 2014 - 21:54 EDT

I pray to Lord Jesus to help me in my personal problems and difficulties. Pray for good health to everyone in the family. For job and business opportunities in the near future. For the soul of Rosela and Rowena and all souls in the Purgatory. To give thanks for the all the graces and for more divine blessings to come. I pray with all my heart that the Virgin Mary, Blessed Mother will intercede, so that my prayers will be heard by God and I may obtain the divine mercy. AMEN

Ruel — Apr 26, 2014 - 22:05 EDT

I pray to the Lord God for the solution of my personal problems and difficulties. Good health for all the members of the family. For all souls in Purgatory especially for the souls of Rosela and Rowena. To give thanks for all the graces that I received, and more blessings to come. I ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to intercede, so that God will hear my prayers and will obtain the Divine Mercy.

Together Por Lucciano — Apr 27, 2014 - 8:48 EDT

Dearest God thank you for all your blessings in our lives. We present you our little cancer warrior
Luciano Antista who will have surgery tomorrow at 7am to open than thrombosis that is obstructing his lines so he can complete his cancer treatment.
We trust you oh Dear JESUS that Trough Your Divine Mercy you will guide the hands of the Doctors at St Jude Hospital who will be performing the surgery close to his little heart.
We have deposited our trust in your love and mercy .... Thank you for listening to our prayers!!!

Gloria — Apr 27, 2014 - 8:51 EDT

I pray to Jesus for malia and I to be healed of all our health issues and our eyes as well. I pray that you forgive us of all our sins and bring love and inner peace to us and to all. I pray for the pope and the Catholic Church all the angels and saints. I pray for my husband, MArcus that he be happy, well inner peace with our Heavenly Father. I pray you bring my family closer to you father and fill us up with love for you and each other. I pray you forgive those that have sinned against you and us. I pray for our world to be in love with you Jesus and love one another. I pray for you to heal my daughter and I of our pain, health issues , financial and I pray for Wisdom. Heal the sick and dying. Please forgive all my sins lead my daughter and I to be your disciples.. Jesus, i trust in you. Thank you for all our blessings... In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Shea — Apr 27, 2014 - 9:51 EDT

Dearest Lord, How thankful I am for all of your tender mercies to myself and my family and our nation. I come to you today with a sincere and contrite heart and ask you to hear the prayers for my daughters and family members who are far away from you to be drawn into your Sacred Heart through your Divine Mercy. Our world has become so angry and full of the spirit of hate. Please come Lord Jesus with your mercy to open our hearts to the joy of having you as our Savior. Send your Holy Spirit and your Divine Mercy out to cover us and protect us from the enemy.
Draw us to yourself, Lord please! We need you so very, very much. I ask a
special prayer for all those who are traveling that they may be safe as well as for all those in the abortion industry that their hearts may be opened this very day to the horror of losing their souls to hell and enduring
eternal pain and suffering because of money. Jesus I trust in You!! Save souls, tear down walls of pride, open the eyes of the misguided and seduced, mend heartaches, save your innocent babies, and don't give up on us Lord even though we deserve only wrath and punishment. Let your Divine Mercy have the glorious victory over all people, all nations everywhere. Amen.

Carla — Apr 27, 2014 - 14:11 EDT

In your Divine Mercy, Lord Jesus, I pray that You have mercy on my family: My husband, my daughters and myself. My husband's physical health is failing and his attitude and mental acumen are waning;our daughters are straying from the Church, plus our teenage daughter is a sore trial. Please remove Satan from our midst and cover us in Your Mercy.

nr — Apr 27, 2014 - 14:26 EDT

For healing of Lupus, thyroid, depression, acid reflux and high blood pressure conditions. Prayers for healing of finances and for a less stressful job. For my Dad's conversion. For all who have been betrayed and abused may Our Lord comfort them with peace and healing. For all needing to let go of trauma. For M. needing healing. For all needing medical miracles. Amen.

nr — Apr 27, 2014 - 14:28 EDT

For healing of Lupus, thyroid, depression, acid reflux and high blood pressure conditions. Prayers for healing of finances and for a less stressful job. For my Dad's conversion. For all who have been betrayed and abused may Our Lord comfort them with peace and healing. For all needing to let go of trauma. For M. needing healing. For all needing medical miracles. Amen.

Jane Theriot — Apr 27, 2014 - 14:53 EDT

For our deceased love ones to enter heaven. For Kaylie, Donnette and family, for mom's health and happiness, for Ronda and her family, and protection and faith for our children and Paul. Healing for Jack Guarino and family.


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