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Shrine Announces Mercy Weekend Plans
All are invited to the annual Divine Mercy Sunday Weekend celebration at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass., on March 29-30.
For more than 25 years, the Marians of the Immaculate Conception have been welcoming the world to the Shrine to celebrate the Feast of Divine Mercy. Today, it is has grown into one of the most well-known and largest Divine Mercy Sunday celebrations in the country. There is truly nothing like quite like.
Father Anthony Gramlich, MIC, rector of the National Shrine, announced that this year's celebrant for the main Mass is Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, D.C. Cardinal McCarrick also serves on three Vatican committees: the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrant and Itinerant Peoples, and the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.
This year promises a Mercy Sunday Weekend like no other. No, this doesn't refer to the unbelievable twists and turns of the weather, such as those that occurred during the past three celebrations, though pilgrims should prepare for any weather, from spring-like to dead-of-winter.
This year, the novelty on the March 29-30 weekend will be made of bricks and mortar, not snow and ice, as the Marians of the Immaculate Conception unveil their long-anticipated Mother of Mercy Outdoor Shrine.
Though not expected to be completely finished by Divine Mercy Sunday, the new outdoor shrine will be far enough along to provide a dignified shelter for celebrating Holy Mass during the weekend.
Carol Scott-Mahoney, pilgrimage director for the Marians, said pilgrims coming to Eden Hill should prepare for the mercurial spring weather of the Berkshires. Mud, rain, snow, ice, wind, sun — the temperamental weather can produce any of these. It's best to come well prepared.
Monitor the Stockbridge weather as best you can, dress warmly in layers, and be sure to wear comfortable shoes with good traction.
View the complete weekend schedule.
What is Mercy Sunday?
Our Lord revealed to St. Faustina His desire to flood us with His graces on this special day. He told St. Faustina: "On that day the very depths of My tender Mercy are open" (Diary of St. Faustina, 699).
Said Fr. Anthony, "On Divine Mercy Sunday every year, the divine floodgates really do open. We usually have the worst weather one can possibly imagine on that day. But the graces keep flowing for each one of us on that day."
What to Expect
Joining in fellowship with thousands of believers from around the world, pilgrims have two full days to partake of a wonderful selection of spiritual and educational activities.
On Saturday and Sunday, tents will be set up for prayer, various activities, and groups associated with the Marians. Look for tents for confessions (in many languages), Eucharistic Adoration, the Divine Mercy Gift Shop, and the Association of Marian Helpers.
Whether you are visiting the Shrine itself, the Lourdes Grotto, or the various statues and candle shrines on its 350-plus acreage, all pales in comparison with the celebration of Holy Mass. Two outdoor Masses will be celebrated: the Vigil Mass on Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday's Solemn Liturgy that begins at 1 p.m.
In addition, food will be available for purchase. There will also be first aid, bathrooms, and lots of helpful volunteers speaking different languages to make you feel at home.
EWTN's global cable network will, once again, provide live TV coverage of the Sunday Mass and other Divine Mercy Sunday activities.
Please register your bus group online or by calling 413-298-1118. If you are attending by car, you do not need to register. Got questions? Please call us at 413-298-1118.