After two years, pilgrims welcome for Divine Mercy Sunday celebrations, but pre-registration is required

Visit the National Shrine's Divine Mercy Sunday webpage for a welcome video message by Fr. Anthony Gramlich, MIC, and everything you need to know about visiting Eden Hill on April 23 and 24, including the required pre-registation.

By Chris Sparks

For the first time since the start of the COVID pandemic, the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception will welcome pilgrims to public Divine Mercy Sunday celebrations Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24, at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy on Eden Hill in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

“I am delighted to make this announcement, which involved months of careful planning and consultation with the local authorities,” said Fr. Anthony Gramlich, MIC, rector of the National Shrine. “As we are only just emerging from the pandemic, there are several modifications to share, and requirements for pilgrims to fulfill before coming to Stockbridge.” 

Pre-registration required
First among the changes: Attendance will be limited. There will be no buses allowed and pre-registration is required for all cars attending, with a limit of five people per car. Please visit the Shrine’s Divine Mercy Sunday webpage in order to make sure you are able to attend. Registration will not be possible on site on either day.

The Marian Fathers’ Mercy Weekend celebrations are made possible through the assistance of a host of volunteers. If you’re available and interested in volunteering, please look at the areas where assistance is needed on the Shrine’s Divine Mercy Sunday webpage and then sign up to volunteer. 

Also, please consider volunteering at the Shrine throughout the year! There’s always a need!

Three sessions
This year, Divine Mercy Weekend’s events will be streamlined, focused on making the Sacraments available to as many as possible. Pilgrims may register for one of three four-hour sessions: one on Saturday, and two on Sunday. Each will feature Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and Confession. 

Note: Though priests will be hearing Confessions across the grounds, you may go to Confession before Divine Mercy Sunday itself in order to prepare yourself to receive the extraordinary grace of Mercy Sunday. To receive these graces, the only condition is to receive Holy Communion worthily on Divine Mercy Sunday (or at the Vigil celebration) by making a good confession beforehand [thedivinemercy.org/celebrate/greatgrace/faqanswers10], staying in the state of grace, and trusting in His Divine Mercy.

Everything is outdoors
To ensure a safe environment for all pilgrims, all buildings, except for the Gift Shop, will be closed to the public over the weekend, and all services will be held outside, so please dress accordingly. This means that the Shrine Church and reception area will be closed to the public on Saturday and Sunday.

No food will be available for purchase on the grounds of the Shrine.

The outdoor Masses over the weekend will not be televised. We will have a televised Mass (closed to the public) on Divine Mercy Sunday, beginning with the preview show at 12 noon EST, on EWTN and available to view on our website, TheDivineMercy.org.

Please check the Shrine’s Divine Mercy Sunday webpage before Divine Mercy Sunday for updates on COVID protocols, as they continue to evolve in light of federal, state, diocesan, and local regulations.

Excitement
“We know that the streamlined program and limited/timed sessions will be a challenge for us all this year,” said Mary Flournoy, pilgrimage and events coordinator at the National Shrine. “We appreciate everyone’s assistance in making this abbreviated schedule work. We are excited to be able to welcome you to join us for Mass this year!”

Please visit our Shrine’s Divine Mercy Sunday webpage for more updated information closer to Divine Mercy Sunday.

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