MOMM to Highlight St. Faustina Day, Oct. 4, at Shrine

On April 30, in the Great Jubilee Year of 2000, Pope John Paul II canonized St. Maria Faustina Kowalska as the first saint of the 21st century. Each year, the National Shrine observes her feast day, honoring the nun selected by Jesus to be His secretary in recording His revelations about Divine Mercy, which are found in her Diary.

This year, because Oct. 5 falls on a Sunday, the Shrine will celebrate the feast a day earlier, on Saturday, Oct. 4.

Events begin at 11 a.m.

Mother of Mercy Messengers will give a presentation. Since January 2001, Dave and Joan Maroney - known as Mother of Mercy Messengers (MOMM), an apostolate of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception - have given close to 600 live programs to more than 75,000 people. Their presentations include a mix of readings from the Diary of St. Faustina, visual effects, meditative music, and frank talk about heaven and hell, all combined to help people to not only understand the message of Divine Mercy but to also experience Divine Mercy.

Saint Faustina's Feast Day is an opportunity for people "to move more deeply into the healing message of God's mercy," says Fr. Victor Incardona, MIC, assistant pilgrimage director. "The most important aspect of mercy is that we live it by sharing it with others."

The day will include a Holy Hour, the Rosary, confessions, Holy Mass, and praying the Chaplet of The Divine Mercy.

For more information, call the Shrine's pilgrimage office, 413-298-1118.

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