Reminder to Priests & Deacons
REMINDER TO BISHOPS, PRIESTS, & DEACONS
per the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
We welcome all clergy to the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy! Your ministry is extremely valuable to us as you reveal Christ to the world, and we thank you for your service to His Body.
The following pertains to all bishops, priests & deacons OUTSIDE the Diocese of Springfield, MA:
To concelebrate Mass/serve on the altar/hear Confessions at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy: please fax a standard Letter of Good Standing to our Pilgrimage Office at 413-298-3910 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org 30 days before your visit. This letter must include the following:
- Be from the clergy’s local chancery (or Provincial superior for religious)
- Be written on official letterhead
- Have the date you plan to visit the National Shrine clearly stated
Per the USCCB, these are no longer acceptable:
- A general UNDATED Letter of Good Standing. Computer generated “general” form letters from larger dioceses or archdiocese cannot be accepted. Please be sure to inform the person sending the Letter that we require a Letter with the date you are coming.
- Celebret cards
Without a Letter of Good Standing, clergy will not be allowed to minister at the National Shrine. It is of utmost importance that this document is sent to us; without it, unfortunately, your clergy will not be able to concelebrate/assist at Mass or hear confessions.
Please note: It is the responsibility of the individual priest/deacon and the bus pilgrimage coordinator to contact the local chancery and make certain the National Shrine has received this paperwork to avoid any problems on the day you are scheduled to come. Please email the Pilgrimage Office at email@example.com or call 413-298-1119 to verify the information was received.
Thank you for your cooperation with this paperwork so we can avoid unnecessary delays or inconvenience when you come!
We hope that you enjoy your visit to the National Shrine of Divine Mercy and be the instrument of God’s mercy to other pilgrims who visit the Shrine.