I do not know from what level the decision to stop the 2nd Sunday Mission of Mercy Mass was made. This mass and prayer service has been taking place at St. Mary’s since Mother’s Day of 2003. Mission of Mercy has provided medicine and medical care to thousands of people who otherwise would not have received any medical attention whatsoever.
It astounds me that there are people who would like to see Mission of Mercy fall simply to cast doubt on the apparitions of Our Lady at the expense of the poor. It is very sad to see people try to destroy what God has done and then try to make it sound as if they are doing God a favor by doing so. Something is drastically wrong here.
For now the 2nd Sunday Mission of Mercy mass has been stopped but the prayer services continues with the same format as usual except for the mass. The prayer service now begins at 3 PM instead of 2 PM.
Today was the first Mission of Mercy Prayer service without the mass. The attendance was about half of what it normally is. The prayer service was still very nice but it was just not the same. I spent most of this morning doing things around the house and when it came time to get ready to go to St. Mary’s for the prayer service I glanced at my watch and it said XX:XX:33.
I drove to St. Mary’s and started getting things ready while S.C.C. drove to St. Catherine’s to pick up Jim O’Brien. Forty Hours was in progress at St. Mary’s so the Blessed Sacrament was exposed during the prayer service today. At the instant the prayer service began I glanced at my watch and it said XX:XX:33 (3:00:33).
The absence of the mass made a huge difference. It just did not have the same feeling. It seemed dampened. It would have been a lot worse if the Blessed Sacrament had not been exposed. The prayer service, rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy and intercessions ended and I drove Jim home. I then stopped by St. Joseph’s and when I arrived there the time was 5:33.
Nov. 4, 2005