Massachusetts parishes adorn themselves with large, outdoor Divine Mercy images
Sponsors have raised funds to install large Divine Mercy images in various parishes in Massachusetts. Churches in Fitchburg, Salem, Malden, Somerville, Medford, and Cambridge have installed or are scheduled to install the images.
One or more images can be secured to the church’s exterior of choice.
The images are installed by divinemercy33.org, a Chicago apostolate, who has the rights to print the original Vilnius Divine Mercy painting as commercial-grade signs and makes them available to regions where there is enough demand.
Father Augustin of Ste. Anne’s in Salem had the sign installed on the exterior facing the Jefferson Avenue, a main road in Salem, to bless travelers as they pass.
I’m really glad and excited to have this precious image and we are especially grateful to the anonymous donor who contributed to us having it. I blessed [the image] on the feast of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary with those present at Mass. We put it on Jefferson [Avenue] where any passerby can be drawn by the image and either stop by or at least know that this is a Catholic church. We are praying that the Lord may draw more people and dynamize the Church, especially Ste. Anne’s.Father Augustin of Ste. Anne’s Parish in Salem
Father Dolan, pastor of St. Bernard’s in Fitchburg, secured two of the images to the façade of his church, in memory of deceased WQPH associates Joan Conroy, John Trainer, and Dr. Mark Rollo.
Spectators have seen the images providing solace to the public soon after they were put up. A parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi in Cambridge recounted how, moments after the installation crew had finished, an elderly man approached who thought that the installation was temporary and begged them not to take it down–he was relieved to learn that the installation is a permanent fixture. Others members of the parish have told us that the sign has become something of a prayer pitstop where travelers will pull in to park under the sign for a moment prayer.
Similarly, members of St. Joseph’s parish in Malden have told us that their image has attracted passersby on the street, including non-religious, drawing them inside for a visit.
The images are 4×8 feet large, double-sided, with the same image is the back side, so it can be flipped if needed, completely weatherproof, and equipped with a solar-powered lamp which illuminates the image at night.
If your parish is interested in installing one of these images, email email@example.com with subject “Divine Mercy image”.