April 4, 2018 - Cardinal O'Malley to Dedicate Saint John Paul II Divine Mercy Shrine in Salem & Present a Relic of Pope Saint John Paul II
Cardinal Seán will dedicate the Saint John Paul II Divine Mercy Shrine in Salem on Divine Mercy Sunday. The Cardinal will also present a relic of Saint John Paul II to the Shrine. The relic was a gift to Cardinal Seán from Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, the long-time priest assistant to Pope Saint John Paul II and Archbishop Emeritus of Kraków, Poland.
Sunday, April 8, 2018 at noon
Saint John Paul II Divine Mercy Shrine
28 Saint Peter Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970
Cardinal Seán O'Malley, OFM Cap Archbishop of Boston
Bishop Mark O’Connell
Auxiliary Bishop for the North Region of the Archdiocese of Boston
Very Reverend Pawel Bandurski
Provincial of the Society of Christ in America
Reverend Robert Bedzinski
Rector of the Shine and Priest of the Society of Christ
12:00 PM - Mass with Cardinal Seán, Bishop Mark O’Connell, Father Pawel Bandurski and Father Robert Bedzinski
1:30 PM - Reception
2:30 PM – Adoration
3:00 PM - Stations of the Cross on the streets of downtown Salem
3:45 PM - Chaplet of Divine Mercy
St. John Paul II Shrine of Divine Mercy sits at the center of downtown Salem in the former Saint John the Baptist Church. In August 2017 as part of the ongoing pastoral planning in the Archdiocese of Boston, Saint John the Baptist Parish, a Polish national parish, was suppressed. At that same time, two other Salem parishes, Saint James and Immaculate Conception, were consolidated into one parish dedicated to Mary, Queen of the Apostles.
The Saint John Paul II Shrine of Divine Mercy was born in Saint John the Baptist's place. The Shrine's upper church will be dedicated to the late pope and permanently house a relic of his blood. Additionally, a second relic of Saint Faustina, a Polish saint who received and promoted the message of Divine Mercy, will permanently be available for public veneration at the Shrine. The lower church will be dedicated to Divine Mercy.
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Divine Mercy Sunday
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Quote from Cardinal Seán:
"In today's world where shrines are taking on such importance, we hope the presence of this new shrine will inspire people to go and seek contact with the Church and the sacraments through a pilgrimage experience. We know that the theme of mercy is very resonant with people. The devotion of Divine Mercy was promoted by Pope John Paul II and has been a very important part of many people's devotional life. We are very grateful to Bishop Mark O'Connell for his tremendous leadership bringing the concept of a Shrine to life and to Father Robert Bedzinski, the Rector, for his great commitment to the faith community of Salem."
For more information, please visit: www.jpiidivinemercyshrine.org.