What a day we had when plans came together for a special, day-long trip to Stockbridge, Massachusetts!
On July 11, the Little Sisters, courtesy of a generous benefactor, were able to charter a 55-seat comfortable bus and Residents, Volunteers, and Sisters, boarded the vehicle for the trek and pilgrimage to the Shrine of the Divine Mercy. The group started with a quick trip to the Norman Rockwell Museum where so many could reminisce about the covers of the Saturday Evening Post that translated in their own way, the political, social and economic events of the time, along with admiring some of the artist’s larger works. The Little Sisters were grateful to the generous family member that kindly and unexpectedly covered the costs of the Residents’ museum tickets.
We were then on to the Shrine, where after a quick lunch, we attended Mass in the beautiful chapel. One of the priests of the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception gave a very moving and poignant homily and reminded everyone that this is the Year of Mercy, and that we can look to Jesus as the Face of the Father’s mercy, and gave various examples from everyday life. Most stayed for the novena and chaplet of the Divine Mercy following Mass while others walked around the beautiful grounds. Just about everyone got to the gift shop where they were able to purchase mementos of their outing and spiritual reminders of their pilgrimage.
We were so grateful to God for providing beautiful weather for our trip, and everyone, including the staff and Sisters, slept well after our big day out!