Local Events to Honor Pope John Paul II, Divine Mercy Sunday

April 28, 2011

Several events are being held locally, in celebration of the Beatification of Pope John Paul II on May 1, also known as Divine Mercy Sunday.

Montgomery County

Sunday, May 1

Our Lady of Lourdes, 7500 Pearl Street, Bethesda

Watch Party organized by the Young Adult Ministry of the Archdiocese of Washington.

For more information, contact Sarah Yaklic at [email protected]

Sunday, May 1, following the Noon Mass

Church of the Little Flower, 5607 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda

Divine Mercy observance will occur immediately after the Noon Mass. The program includes Adoration, recitation of the Divine Mercy chaplet and Benediction.

Sunday, May 1, 2:00 p.m.

St. Bartholomew, 6900 River Road, Bethesda

Confessions will be heard at 2:00 p.m., recitation of the Divine Mercy chaplet will be held at 2:45 p.m. The Divine Mercy Mass will be held at 3:00 p.m.

District of Columbia

Sunday, May 1, Noon

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Avenue, NE Washington

Bishop Barry Knestout, auxiliary bishop of Washington, is celebrating the noon Mass for Divine Mercy Sunday.

Sunday, May 15, 5:30 p.m.

Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, 1725 Rhode Island Avenue, NW Washington

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for the beatification of Pope John Paul II.

Prince George’s County

Sunday, May 1, 10:00 a.m.

Catholic Student Center at the University of Maryland, 4141 Guilford Drive, College Park

A Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. and noon. Following the noon Mass at the Memorial Chapel, a Eucharist Procession will be held at 1:00 p.m. A picnic for Divine Mercy Sunday will follow.

Southern Maryland

Friday April 29, 8:00 a.m.

Archbishop Neale School, 104 Tobacco Road, La Plata

Students will pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet as a school in anticipation of the beatification ceremony on Sunday, May 1.

Monday, May 2, 9:30 a.m.

St. Mary School, 13735 Notre Dame Place, Bryantown

The Knights of Columbus will be leading the entire student body in the Living Rosary, taking place in front of the school. This has become an annual event at the school. The students will also have the May Crowning Ceremony in conjunction with the Living Rosary.

Other Local Events

Sunday, May 1, 3:00 p.m.

Pope John Paul the Great High School, 17700 Dominican Drive, Dumfries, VA

Eucharistic Adoration and a global Living Rosary will be held on the day of Pope John Paul II’s beatification in Rome, another milestone on his road to sainthood.

At the event will be the chair from the 1979 Mass on the Mall celebrated by Pope John Paul II. Organizers will also be selling “beata-fries” and “beata-pies” to benefit the World Youth Day group.

At 6:00 p.m., Bishop Paul S. Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington will lead an outdoor Eucharistic procession and Global Living Rosary with children praying in different languages, followed by Benediction.

Media- Please note: The Beatification events to be held at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in NE Washington are closed to the media.

Brie Hall
Office of Communications
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