Apr 25, 2014

Thousands expected to attend Divine Mercy Weekend at local shrine



(Iobserve file photo)

Staff report

STOCKBRIDGE  —  More than 20,000 people are expected to attend the annual Divine Mercy Sunday Weekend festivities on April 26-27 at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy, the home of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, here.

The annual event is hosted by the Marian Fathers, who are well-known for their promotion of the Divine Mercy message and devotion since 1941.

The principal celebrant for the main Sunday liturgy will be Msgr. James Lisante, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Massapequa Park, N.Y. He is an author and regular contributor to “Fox News” and “ABC Eyewitness News.”

An international broadcast of the Marian Fathers’ solemn celebration of Divine Mercy will air on the EWTN Global Catholic Network beginning at 12 p.m. Eastern time with a one-hour program preceding the celebration hosted by Marian Fathers Joe Roesch and Michael Gaitley. The theme for this year’s program is “Mercy in Action,” emphasizing how Popes John XXIII and John Paul II lived mercy and how Catholics can learn to live mercy as well.

            (Photo courtesy of thedivinemercy.org) 

Both Popes John XXIII and John Paul II will be canonized on Divine Mercy Sunday by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square.

Throughout the weekend, the 350-acre Divine Mercy Shrine grounds are transformed into a small city providing a rich spiritual experience for pilgrims visiting from throughout the world. Translators providing assistance in Spanish, Polish, Italian, French, German and Tagalog are among the more than 600 volunteers on site throughout the weekend to assist with a myriad of responsibilities, ranging from overseeing parking to receiving prayer intentions and staffing the outdoor shrines and the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.

A special segment on the April 27 Divine Mercy celebration at the Stockbridge shrine will be featured on the May 3 edition of “Real to Reel,” which airs Saturday evenings at 7 on WWLP-22NEWS.