As part of his proclamation of a Year of Mercy, Pope Francis asked the Universal Church to celebrate “24 Hours for the Lord” on March 4 and 5 within the 2016 Lenten season.
“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,” explained Father Jon-Paul Gallant, SL.L., who is director of the Diocesan Office for Divine Worship.
Father Gallant announced that parishes and shrines in various deaneries in the Fall River Diocese have responded to the Holy Father’s call. The locations and schedules for each follow below.
National Shrine of Our Lady of LaSalette
947 Park St. (Rte. 118), Attleboro
Confession available Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cape Cod Deanery
Holy Trinity Parish/Our Lady of Life Perpetual Adoration Chapel
(designated Holy Door site)
246 Main St. (Rte. 28), West Harwich
24 Hour Adoration. Confession available Friday and
Saturday, March 4 and 5, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Corpus Christi Parish (designated Holy Door site)
324 Quaker Meeting House Rd., East Sandwich
24 Hour Adoration. Confession available Friday, March 4, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and
on Saturday, March 5, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
New Bedford Deanery
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish (designated Holy Door site)
230 Bonney St., New Bedford
Adoration from 8 a.m. Mass on Friday, March 4, to 8 a.m. Mass on Saturday, March 5
St. Mary Church (designated Holy Door site)
14 St. Mary’s Square, Taunton
Adoration from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 4
Immaculate Conception Parish
193 Main St., North Easton
Adoration from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 5
St. Ann Parish
660 North Main St., Raynham
Adoration from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 5
Through this initiative, which Pope Francis asked 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.” (#17)