Marian Helper Spring 2024

Divine Mercy Weekend 2024 Planning is in full swing for the celebration of Divine Mercy Weekend, April 6-7, at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. More than 15,000 people are expected to attend the annual event hosted by the Marian Fathers, who have promoted the Divine Mercy message and devotion since 1941. The principal celebrant for the liturgy on Divine Mercy Sunday will be the Most Rev. Timothy P. Broglio, JCD, Archbishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, U.S.A. Mass will be broadcast live by EWTN and on at 1 p.m. EST on April 7. Preceding the Mass at 12 p.m. EST (and broadcast live on EWTN) will be our annual pre-show, hosted by the Most Rev. Joseph Roesch, MIC, superior general, and the Very Rev. Chris Alar, MIC, provincial superior. Focus on Catholic men “We are very excited about this year’s pre-show,” says Fr. Chris. “Our focus is on bringing men back to the faith. It’s about fatherhood and leadership. Men must step up and set a good faith example for their wives and children, and partner with their wives in the promotion of the ‘Domestic Church.’ We have a great line-up of guests with first-hand experience.” Guests include two well-known actors and producers, Kevin Sorbo and James Wahlberg; and two stars from the National Football League: former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Elvis Grbac, and Denver Broncos assistant coach Ben Steele. Throughout the weekend, the 350-acre Shrine grounds are transformed into a small tent city, providing opportunities for Confessions, Eucharistic Adoration, praying the Rosary, and perusing the Divine Mercy Gift Shop. Both the Vigil Mass at 4 p.m. on April 6, and the Sunday Liturgy on April 7, will be celebrated on Eden Hill at the Mother of Mercy Outdoor Shrine. “We hope to see you on Eden Hill,” says Fr. Chris. “But if you are unable to join us, please help your pastor and parish celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday. We have a host of useful resources available on our website,” The Marian Fathers extend a warm invitation to come to Eden Hill to experience this annual celebration. Admission is free. Private vehicles do not need to register, but buses and groups larger than 15 people must register in advance. Pilgrims are advised to check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. Details and more information available now on Go deeper! Visit us online! The online version of Marian Helper is a user-friendly flipbook with hundreds of links to helpful resources and additional information. Visit