Marian Helper Article - Winter 2017-2018



Summer 2016 (scroll down for pictures)
On our annual trip to Stockbridge, we were invited to attend a ceremony where seven  men were to give their first promise.  It was a beautiful ceremony.  We were invited to attend the barbecue after the celebration .  To our surprise, we ended up meeting people from California.  After several minutes of conversation, we discovered that one of the young men who had taken his first promise that day was Marx Pilapil.   We had met Marx at a Divine Mercy Conference in Murrieta several years ago.   We along with many of the conference goers , donated so that he would be able to pay his student loans.   We were again surprised and thrilled to find that he had attended one of the San Diego conferences and upon hearing Fr Donald Calloway decided to become a priest!   That makes all the hard work going into these 19 years of conferences in San Diego and Pala worthwhile.  

Carol & Joe Pallazola 


Marx and family with Fr Donald Calloway 
(L-R) Uncle Jun, Cousin Cleo, Uncle Gerome,  Fr Calloway, Dad Gem, Mom Malou, 
Aunt Grace, Aunt Rose & Aunt Sweet

Marx with family
(L-R) Uncle Gerome, Auntie Shawnee, cousin Cleo, Auntie Rose,
Mom Malou, Dad Gem & Auntie Sweet


Carol & Joe Palloza with Marx's family. 
L-R, Auntie Grace, Malou, Gem, Carol, Joe, Sweet, Cleo, Shawnee & Rose





The Pallazolas (on left) are good friends with renowned Divine Mercy expert Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, MIC (third from left). They are joined here by other Divine Mercy promoters.

Fueling the Fire of Divine Mercy

It was nearly 17 years ago that Dr. Bryan Thatcher met Joe and Carol Pallazola. The three had come to Stockbridge, Mass., for a 10-day retreat and conference at the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy organized by the Marian Helpers Center. The purpose of the event was to learn all they could about the message of Divine Mercy as revealed to St. Faustina in the 1930s. 

Indeed, they learned the greatest lesson of all — that God extends His mercy even to the greatest of sinners and that He yearns for us all to turn to Him in trust. They have been spreading the Divine Mercy message ever since.

Now the three will be reunited at the 15th Annual San Diego Divine Mercy Conference, organized and spearheaded by the Pallazolas. It will be held Feb. 8-9 at the San Juan Diego Center at The Mission San Antonio De Pala in Pala, California.

"I am looking forward to seeing Joe and Carol and speaking at this exciting conference, and I hope people in the San Diego area can attend," says Dr. Thatcher, founder and director of Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy (EADM), an apostolate of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. "The spark that was ignited so many years ago in the Pallazolas' hearts have never flickered, and instead have helped fuel the fires of so many in the San Diego area over the years."

This year's conference includes an opening Mass celebrated by the new bishop of the Diocese of San Diego, His Excellency Bishop Cirilo Flores. The conference will have a heavy Eucharistic theme. In addition to Dr. Thatcher, speakers will include:

• Dr. Ricardo Castañón Gomez, Ph.D. — renowned scientist, former atheist, and Catholic convert, who travels the world investigating Catholic mystical phenomena, including Eucharistic miracles.

• Fr. Dave Leon — a diocesan priest in San Diego. He serves in hospital ministry and spiritual direction. Father Dave served as a member of the Diocesan Pastoral Board for Charismatic Renewal and is a member of Confraternity of Catholic Clergy.

• Father Richard Huston — the Divine Mercy Movement of San Diego's spiritual advisor. 

• Brother Michael Baker, MIC, a Marian seminarian. 

Michael McGlinn, a former Notre Dame linebacker and speaker of Athletes for Christ, will be giving a free concert after the opening Mass on Friday night and will be joining three-time Unity Award winner and well-known singer and songwriter Donna Lee in the music ministry. 

Other outstanding speakers will fill out the program of the two-day conference. 

Carol and Joe have made spreading the mercy of God a focus of their life mission. For many years, they have devoted themselves to making Divine Mercy Sunday a regular event in as many parishes as possible. 

For more information on the conference, call (619) 276-6637, or


Join Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC 
Celebrating 10 Years of Priesthood … 
On a Marian Pilgrimage to..
 Fatima, Spain & Lourdes Lisbon, Santarem, Fatima, Salamanca, Alba de Tormes, Ávila, Burgos, Loyola & Lourdes 

June 19 - 28, 2013
click here for More Information


Joe and Carol Interview on Catholic Radio

The Station of the Cross - 101.7 FM - Buffalo, NY Area - WLOF 

We met Father Jacek Mazur in Rome last year at the first World Congress on Divine Mercy. When he saw that we were having a conference (on the internet) he called and asked if he could attend. We put him up at the rectory in Pala and he stayed at our house for a couple nights after.

He showed us a picture of the church that a group of people were going to purchase to save it's for historical sake, make into a retreat center, and spread the message of Divine Mercy in Niagara Falls. Joe became interested and we went out to visit.

While there, Fr. Mazur said he was going to show us the Catholic radio station and then on arriving in the parking lot said they were going to interview us. It was a surprise and as we were unprepared, it still came off pretty good. 

You can listen to the station on your computer.

The link is click on Buffalo. Under the programming menu click audio archive, then click on Divine Mercy in My Soul and go down to episode 41.

The station is on 24hours a day 7 days a week and we have invited Rick to come to our conference next year.

You can also listen to the interview below

Click on buttons to play  or right Click here to download (use save target as)

In His Divine Mercy,   

Joe and Carol