Diocesan parishes take part in ‘24 Hours for the Lord’ Jubilee event


SOUTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. — As part of the Year of Mercy observance proclaimed by Pope Francis, churches throughout the world will be participating in “24 Hours for the Lord” on March 4-5.  It is the Holy Father’s wish that in every part of the world, the merciful, forgiving presence of Jesus be manifested during this 24-hour period through Eucharistic Adoration and the availability of the Sacrament of Penance.  Here in the Diocese of Fall River, parishes and shrines in various deaneries have responded to the Holy Father’s call.  The schedule includes:

Attleboro Deanery: National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette (designated Holy Door site), Confession available March 4 and 5 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  

New Bedford Deanery: Our Lady of Mount Carmel (designated Holy Door site) 230 Bonney Street, New Bedford, from 8 a.m. Mass on March 4 to 8 a.m. Mass on March 5. Confessions on March 4 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Taunton Deanery:  St. Mary, Taunton (designated Holy Door site) March 4 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Immaculate Conception, North Easton from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 5. St. Ann, Raynham, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on March 5.

Cape Cod Deanery: Holy Trinity Parish/Our Lady of Life Perpetual Adoration Chapel (designated Holy Door site), 246 Main Street, West Harwich — 24-hour Adoration. Confession available March 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Corpus Christi Parish (designated Holy Door site), 324 Quaker Meeting House Road, East Sandwich — 24-hour Adoration. Confession available March 4 from 5 to 10 p.m. and March 5 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Through this initiative, which Pope Francis asked to be implemented in his instruction Misericordiae Vultus, Catholics of every nation are called to experience the mercy of the Lord: “Let us place the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the center once more in such a way that it will enable people to touch the grandeur of God’s mercy with their own hands. For every penitent, it will be a source of true interior peace.” 

NANTUCKET, Mass. —Responding to Pope Francis’ call for “24 Hours for the Lord,” St. Mary’s/Our Lady of the Isle Parish will be holding events to help area faithful live this Year of Mercy.

Involved will be pastor Father Marcel Bouchard, Father Carlos Patino of the island’s Spanish Ministry, and Jesuit Father Jean Luc Enyegue from Boston College, who is fluent in English, Spanish and French.

Today’s (March 4) observances begin at 5:15 p.m. at the church with an ecumenical Stations of the Cross with St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, in English and Spanish, followed by a Lite-Bites Supper. Eucharistic Adoration will take place from 7 p.m. until 5 p.m. on March 5. Confessions will be heard in English, Spanish and French from 7 to 8 p.m.,  and Adoration prayers and hymns in Spanish will take place from 7 to 11 p.m.

On March 5, Confessions will be heard in English, Spanish and French from 10-11 a.m. A children’s prayer service will take place at 11 a.m.

Confessions in English, Spanish and French will be heard from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; from 2-3 p.m.; and from 4-4:30 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 5 p.m., ending the Eucharistic Adoration observance.

All are invited and encouraged to attend any of the “24 Hours for the Lord” events.

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